San Francisco is on its way to being a truly connected city, with free WiFi slated for parks and rec centers all over town (hello, future Dolores Park work-from-home day!) In the meantime, spring is approaching and you probably want to get out and enjoy the city while staying online. Need to know where to go? If you're working downtown, in the FiDi, SoMa or nearby, here are the best spots with free WiFi. Any we missed? Put them in the comments after the jump.Read More
Mapping the 10 Best Free WiFi Spots in SoMa and FiDi
As of last month, The Maritime Museum became one of the first National Park Service sites to offer free WiFi. Use it now in the library or museum and expect it soon in the outdoor lagoon, Aquatic Park, Muni Pier and historic ships.
Late last year, San Francisco went live with a free WiFi network along the entire stretch of Market from the rainbow flag in the Castro to the Embarcadero. This is just the start of the city’s plan to roll out a free network across the city.
San Francisco Public Library
The main branch of the public library has natural light, stunning architecture and lots of outlets to use. However, watch out for slow connections and messy bathrooms.
BrainWash Cafe & Laundromat
This is a laundromat, café, bar, and venue for live music and stand-up comedy rolled into one. Perfect for multi-tasking.
The Internet is fast and the outlets plentiful in this combo café/workspace. Either hang out in the lounge and patio for free or pay $2/hour for additional features like widescreen monitors and printing.
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Whole Foods Market
San Francisco’s first-ever Whole Foods offers free Wi-Fi in its small downstairs café. Other Whole Foods outlets around the city, like the one in Potrero Hill, have started charging for WiFi unless you make a purchase.
Asian Art Museum
Get some culture, or at least some fantastic food from the museum café, while you work. Museum entry is $12, but you can enter the café for free.
W Hotel Lobby
Although you have to pay for WiFi in rooms at the W, it’s offered for free in the hotel’s always busy lobby and Living Room Bar. The people-watching is also a plus.
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Okay, this is really just part of the Market Street WiFi network, but this is probably the best place to use it. Accompany your work with Blue Bottle and fresh farmer’s market produce.
This private library isn't exactly free - it costs $100 per year to join, but it's worth the entry if you're serious about getting some real work done.