Cheap Date: Alice In Wonderland + Keko Cafe

Sometimes solo explorations around the city are the best, right?  They allow you to be as poky (or speedy!) as you please, and to really focus 100% on the adventure at hand.  Last week I took myself on a little museum + lunch date in Midtown.


The Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland exhibit is currently live in the Morgan Library & Museum, and kid-lit fan as I am, I couldn’t wait to see it.  It was fun learning the history of the story…in 1862, author Lewis Carroll was on a Thames River boating trip one delightful English afternoon with the young Liddell sisters–Lorina, Alice, and Edith–when the girls asked for a story.  Creative Carroll happily obliged, making up a tale that sent his heroine “straight down a rabbit hole, to begin with, without the least idea what was to happen afterwards”, and thus the story of Wonderland was born!  That evening young Alice asked for a written copy of the story, and a few years later, the original manuscript was finished.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a wild success, and from that day on, has never been out of print.  The exhibit is up through October 11th, so if you’re a fan, do be sure to stop by!


^^One of the last 25 remaining copies of the original edition.^^

Fun, right?!  And of course, I couldn’t leave the Morgan without popping into Mr. Morgan’s exquisite study and library.  It’s truly a treat, and I’d recommend a visit to every New Yorker and tourist alike!  Bonus: as you’ll note in our When To Visit NYC Museums For Free guide, the Morgan is free to the public Fridays from 7pm to 9pm, making for a perfect cheap free date night!

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After my visit to Wonderland, I stopped in to a nearby cafe for lunch.  Keko Cafe is small and adorable with a Parisian vibe circa 1930 (oh, the music!), and serves up every kind of crepe you could possibly imagine, along with on-point tea and coffee drinks.  My appetite was a bit ferocious, so I went with the lentil soup and mozzarella and tomato pesto sammie combo, finishing off with a chocolate chip cookie.

They also have an afternoon tea special where you can get tea, tea sandwiches, and a scone with all the fixings for $14.  I’ll totally be back (with company) for that one!

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Have you been on any solo adventures lately?  Share below!

p.s. book lover? in case you missed it, free tours of the New York Public Library!


  • I used to love this book, what a great find!

  • Natalia says:

    How amazing! I could spend hours there, daydreaming… Thank you very much for sharing the photos. x

  • How funny, that we are just trying to read Alice in Wonderland to our eldest.

  • Tamara says:

    I love solo adventures. They are few and far between but I like to go to a restaurant and get soup or see a movie. OR.. go try to find moose in swamps.
    Have you seen the corn maze that’s Alice in Wonderland going viral? named it the best one in America. It’s in a town near me called Sunderland. Alice in Sunderland.

  • Gabrielle says:

    This entire post is genuinely heartwarming, because this is exactly how I enjoy passing the time as well! Some history followed by a snack haha :) I love that you saw one of the final remaining copies and ‘yum’ to the cookie! To answer your question, I haven’t been on many solo adventures lately, however when I do, they’re usually to gardens with cafes nestled in the grounds, or occasionally the cinema :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    • Used York City says:

      Oh I love the idea of exploring a garden solo, Gabrielle–totally gives the opportunity to really wander at your own pace (before grabbing a cookie at the cafe!;-)

  • Kemkem says:

    The library looks so inviting and cozy! I could easily spend a crapload of time in there :-) . Can you imagine the author as an uncle? I would but him ALL the time!!! I like solo journeys, but have not taken any in months…time to rectify that methinks..

    • Used York City says:

      It’s absolutely gorgeous! He has a separate study too, which I forgot to photograph, but I would certainly love to work there everyday!:-)

  • Naomi says:

    How did I not discover your blog any sooner? I LOVE New York City more than anything and I’m sure I’ll find tons of fun articles of new things I should do next time I’m there. Also, Alice in Wonderland exhibit? So cool!

    • Used York City says:

      Yay, welcome to the blog, Naomi! The Alice exhibit was really fun, I can’t wait to go back and reread the story now!:-)

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