When you’re waiting for a friend who’s always late, Town Hall steps just won't cut it. Avoid the bus fumes, pigeons, rapidly dying iPhone and makeshift seats with this essential list of places to pass the time. While most of them are in the middle of the city, they’ll make you feel miles away – making the wait not only shorter but also worthwhile.
If you've got some spare change ($3 for concession, $6 for adults), the Chinese Garden of Friendship is the ideal place to meditate and take a breather from the city (or take a selfie). Here you'll find waterfalls, exotic plants, koi carp in the lakes and weeping willows spread over its one-hectre of enclosed space.
Tucked to the side of Town Hall you'll find the charming Gaffa Gallery. Always a hub for new ideas and up-and-coming artists, the Gaffa is the perfect place to visit if you've got time to kill. After all, it's better than being threatened by the pigeons circling those Town Hall steps.
If you pride yourself on punctuality there's no need to feel bitter about friends who don't. At least not at Kinokuniya. This CBD sanctuary is an abundance of novels, art books, music, stationery and manga which you can browse at your leisure. If you're in luck you'll be able to grab a spot at the Town Hall lookout.
No matter how many times you look around here you'll always find something new. The many antiques, vintage clothes, accessories, furnishings and retro homewares sprawl across a maze you could traverse for hours – an ideal meeting spot for the friend who's always "5 minutes away".