…is to pretend! Eating alone is all about pretending and ignoring everyone else!
Pretend you are confident and not feeling self-conscious of eating alone. Don’t hide behind your book or phone, food is meant to be savored and enjoyed without any distractions.
Look around, make up stories about the people around you. I do this all the time to entertain myself while having my meals. That couple in the corner who is talking furiously with each other? I would be trying to eavesdrop or watch them without them noticing. Or, it could be that i’m just being a busybody.
Get a table by the sidewalk if it’s available. That’s the best spot to people watch. I would sit and eat very slowly while watching everyone around me.
So does it matter if people gives you weird looks? Just smile. And think to yourself that he’s probably envious you get to enjoy your food in peace and quiet. I do that ALL the time.