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.
10 Free Seattle Wi-Fi Spots That Aren't Coffee Shops
1. South Fountain Lawn - Seattle Center
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Seattle, WA 98107
There are no fancy coffee machines or chic hotel sofas, just hard chairs and nice people with warm smiles.