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Anyone know of any cafe-type spots that offer free WiFi in Brookline or Boston Proper? I'm looking for a casual coffee or little breakfast/lunch place that I can go to and get some work done over something yummy. Any good recommendations?

Thanks!

Katie
www.OnceUponASmallBostonKitchen.blogs...

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  1. Come to the Back Bay, Katie. I think you might like Trident Bookseller's Cafe on Newbury street.

    Then you can move down the street to the Wired Puppy. They bake muffins all day long.

    Next to the Boston Public Library Courtyard. Pick up a cuppa tea at the Cafe and settle on an wrought Iron table for a hour or two of work.

    And, the rest of the Chowhound gang should check out Kathie's Blog. It was highly recommended as our BostonZest Friday link last week.

    http://www.bostonzest.com/2010/06/onc...

    Penny
    http://www.bostonzest.com/

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    1. re: BostonZest

      Thanks so much Penny, you're so sweet! I didn't know the BPL had WiFi in their Courtyard, I should have guessed it, but didn't know...thanks!

      Katie
      www.OnceUponASmallBostonKitchen.blogs...

      1. re: BostonZest

        If the coffee were better, the BPL courtyard would be my favorite place. You have to jump through a few hoops to get connected. It's easiest to go to a service desk and have them add you.

        1. re: lergnom

          You can bring a coffee in with you, I do it all the time. Lot's of folks brown bag it to the Courtyard.

          Penny
          http://www.bostonzest.com/

      2. Mike & Patty's, with just stunning breakfast and lunch food (try a pork roll egg and cheese), though it's not a great place to stay for long periods.

        Uptown Espresso in the South End, with a great solarium and rear deck.

        Sonsie in the morning: sunny, sleepy, good coffee drinks and pastries, none of the usual crowds.

        Ula Cafe in JP: great coffee and food in general, though it can get crowded with laptop jockeys and stroller mommies/daddies.

        The Cafe at Mohr & McPherson (lower level) on Harrison Ave: very spacious and comfortable, also good coffees, teas, and breakfast pastries. They keep threatening to do more at lunch, some sandwiches and salads, but no dice so far.

        Cafe 57 over by St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton: a great family-run breakfast and lunch place; wonder if they got that rear patio going yet?

        Breugger's Bagels in Coolidge Corner. It is what it is, but: free Wi-Fi.

        @union in Allston: not the most amazing diner/cafe going, but it's above average for breakfast in the neighborhood (that ain't saying much), and it's rarely crowded.

        And in case you missed the news: every Starbucks will offer free Wi-Fi as of July 1.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        Uptown Espresso
        563 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville might be another option. They have interesting cold drinks, as well as coffee, and plenty of space.

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          Bloc 11 Cafe
          11 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143

          1. re: lipoff

            Wifi is not free at Bloc 11. For anyone in the neighborhood, Sherman Cafe does offer 30 minutes of free wifi, then pay thereafter.

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            Bloc 11 Cafe
            11 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143

            1. re: celeriac

              Did they change their policies? It's been one free hour. I recently discovered that all the coffee shops in Somerville are one-hour-free except for, of all places, the Davis Sq. Au Bon Pain.

              1. re: djd

                Diesel and Bloc 11 don't do the one-free-hour policy. Sherman and True Grounds (Ball Square) do, but True Grounds has no wifi before 3pm on weekends. Somerville used to have lots of free wifi places, but too many people abused the privilege.

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                True Grounds
                715 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

                Bloc 11 Cafe
                11 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143

                1. re: blink617

                  Yeah, Sherman may very well be one hour, it's likely that I just mis-remembered it.

                  1. re: blink617

                    Right, that's what I meant, I should've been more clear--that the last remaining places that offered free wifi no longer do for more than an hour.

                  2. re: djd

                    Just to clarify: the Davis Sq Au Bon Pain has free wifi all the time.

              2. re: MC Slim JB

                Ula Cafe is great -- however, they've changed their wifi policy. No longer between 11-3 on weekdays and 8-3 on weekends. Probably too much free wifi parking, not enough buying.

                1. re: purple bot

                  Tis true - a big bummer for those who didn't abuse it, but apparently there were many people who used it as an office...

                2. re: MC Slim JB

                  These are good, thanks for giving me some ideas that are a little out of the norm, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

                  Katie
                  www.OnceUponASmallBostonKitchen.blogs...

                3. I've heard Cafe Fixe in Brookline is good, if you're not planning on staying more than 30 minutes.

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                  Cafe Fixe
                  1642 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

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                  1. re: nsenada

                    Love this place -great coffee and jazz. Baked goods by Danish Pastry plus they have granola. However they do shut off the brewed coffee after noon. Can be made to order though.

                    1. re: Berheenia

                      Sonsie has free wifi and is a nice place for coffee and people watching as their windows roll back and puts right on newbury street.. The food is good, too.

                      1. re: Berheenia

                        Good for experimental music too.

                        I wasn't very taken with their French press coffee. I would rather they kept some brewed going.

                        But the real reason to go there is to get an espresso.

                    2. In House Cafe at Harvard and Comm. Definitely free wifi, just expanded so better chance of getting a table, good coffee and an admittedly small selection of baked goods and sandwiches but includes some good things (I particularly like the veggie wrap with hummus, srirachi et al). Immaculate, very nice owner and staff

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                      In House Cafe
                      194 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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                      1. re: psora

                        Awesome, thanks for the suggestion! Haven't been here yet, will have to check 'em out.

                        www.OnceUponASmallBostonKitchen.blogs...

                      2. Perhaps beyond your geographical area, but the Harvard Sq business association (or some similarly named entity) sponsors free wifi in the square. It can be a little squirrely sometimes, but lately the signal has been much more reliable. I can often get it at Crema if I sit near the windows or outside. I believe you can pick it up at Peets.

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                        Crema Cafe
                        27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                        1. re: litchick

                          Also in Cambridge, on Main Street just outside Central Square, Toscannini's has free wi-fi and good ice cream.

                          Very generous about letting you sit for a long time, except on weekend days, when no computers are allowed.

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                          Main Street Cafe
                          85 Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895

                          1. re: litchick

                            While we're talking about Cambridge, I highly recommend Andala Coffee House. Just around the corner from Central Square, it has a really cute outdoor patio, truly gourmet coffee, and some really great, authentic Middle Eastern food. So far I've tried the Andala omelet and the Foole Plate, and both were really tasty. Best of all, they're open 8am-11pm with free WiFi the whole time. If you don't feel like coffee, try the banana, milk, and honey smoothie.

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                            Andala Coffee House
                            286 Franklin Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                            1. re: ntraft

                              Thanks, ntraft!

                              I had no idea Andala had free wifi, and I'm just down the street from them.

                          2. I see from their Facebook page that Savant Project now offers free Wi-Fi.

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                            The Savant Project
                            1625 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120