A common question I get asked is if I feel awkward eating alone. The answer at first was a resounding yes. However now, it’s a complete no. Most people in restaurants aren’t paying any attention to those around them and don’t notice. I certainly don’t notice the people around me when I’m eating. If you’re feeling self conscious about it though, have a notebook. I like to take time to write notes about what I did that day and I feel like the perfect time to do it is when I’m eating.
I know a lot of people also like to look at their phones and use the time to catch up and check emails and their social media pages. If that makes you comfortable, I think that’s great. What I hope doesn’t happen is that you become too engrossed with your phone that you forget to take a second to look around and appreciate where you are.
I’m also a big believer in eating at street vendors. Not only is the food delicious and cheap, but it’s also very informal and casual. I think the informality of it all makes for a relaxed atmosphere to meet people and possibly make some new friends.