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10 Free Seattle Wi-Fi Spots That Aren't Coffee Shops

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Tired of getting the stink-eye from the barista while you sit at the same table for six hours? Sick of cramming your gullet with $5 muffins just because you feel like you have to order something to justify your existence? You've been huddled in front of your MacBook in drafty, old world-style coffee shops with eight-foot tall, cold-brew, drip towers for long enough. You're ready for a change of scene. Where else can you spend a chunk of your day using someone else's Wi-Fi in Seattle? Contributor Elizabeth Tudor has ten outside-the-cafe options worth considering. And if you've got one to share that didn't make the cut, let us know.

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1. South Fountain Lawn - Seattle Center

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305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Spring is almost here, and your desire to spread out on a blanket in the grass has never been stronger. Take a sandwich and your laptop to the heart of the Seattle Center campus.

2. Hotel Monaco

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1101 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-1770
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Feel like you're in a hotel lobby actually in Monaco as you splay out on the long sofa in front of the fireplace.

3. BMW Seattle

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1002 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 328-8787
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Pretend like your car is getting serviced, or maybe you're just waiting on a friend who's buying a new 7 Series. Enjoy the smell of tires and success until a man in a white shirt and blue tie asks you to leave.

4. Frye Art Museum

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704 Terry Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-9250
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Admission is free, so before you become an eyesore stuck to your laptop in the Gallery Cafe, go look at some art. You'll feel better.

5. SeaTac International Airport

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17801 International Boulevard, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
SeaTac, WA 98158

You were going somewhere, but forgot where it was. Oh well, time to people-watch and gaze at planes as you surf the net until sunset, or sunrise. Or Thursday.

6. Third Place Books

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6504 20th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 525-2347
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You can sit in Vios Café (a Greek restaurant, not a coffee shop), The Pub after 3pm, or plop down between bookcases. Maybe you'll even be tempted to put down your MacBook and read an actual one.

7. SLU Whole Foods Market

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2210 Westlake Avenue, 2200
Seattle, WA 98121

The terrace is a great spot to people watch, fiddle with your computer, and sunbathe as you eat a bag of salty, greasy health chips.

8. Seattle Central Library

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1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Before you grab a seat among the books, go stand inside the red room for a little while. Maybe you'll become one with the glossy walls, and never emerge…

9. W Seattle

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1112 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 264-6000
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Which comfy chair do you choose in The Living Room composed of pink and steel? You don't have to decide! Spend a few hours trying them all.

10. Safeway (Any Location)

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1423 Northwest Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

There are no fancy coffee machines or chic hotel sofas, just hard chairs and nice people with warm smiles.

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1. South Fountain Lawn - Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Spring is almost here, and your desire to spread out on a blanket in the grass has never been stronger. Take a sandwich and your laptop to the heart of the Seattle Center campus.

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

2. Hotel Monaco

1101 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Feel like you're in a hotel lobby actually in Monaco as you splay out on the long sofa in front of the fireplace.

1101 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

3. BMW Seattle

1002 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98134

Pretend like your car is getting serviced, or maybe you're just waiting on a friend who's buying a new 7 Series. Enjoy the smell of tires and success until a man in a white shirt and blue tie asks you to leave.

1002 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98134

4. Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Admission is free, so before you become an eyesore stuck to your laptop in the Gallery Cafe, go look at some art. You'll feel better.

704 Terry Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

5. SeaTac International Airport

17801 International Boulevard, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), SeaTac, WA 98158

You were going somewhere, but forgot where it was. Oh well, time to people-watch and gaze at planes as you surf the net until sunset, or sunrise. Or Thursday.

17801 International Boulevard, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
SeaTac, WA 98158

6. Third Place Books

6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

You can sit in Vios Café (a Greek restaurant, not a coffee shop), The Pub after 3pm, or plop down between bookcases. Maybe you'll even be tempted to put down your MacBook and read an actual one.

6504 20th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

7. SLU Whole Foods Market

2210 Westlake Avenue, 2200, Seattle, WA 98121

The terrace is a great spot to people watch, fiddle with your computer, and sunbathe as you eat a bag of salty, greasy health chips.

2210 Westlake Avenue, 2200
Seattle, WA 98121

8. Seattle Central Library

1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Before you grab a seat among the books, go stand inside the red room for a little while. Maybe you'll become one with the glossy walls, and never emerge…

1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

9. W Seattle

1112 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Which comfy chair do you choose in The Living Room composed of pink and steel? You don't have to decide! Spend a few hours trying them all.

1112 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Safeway (Any Location)

1423 Northwest Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107

There are no fancy coffee machines or chic hotel sofas, just hard chairs and nice people with warm smiles.

1423 Northwest Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107