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.

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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!

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^^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!

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