As part of my somewhat nomadic working style, I like getting out and about and spending time in local coffeeshops and restaurants. I can do 98% of my business from my laptop, therefore all I need is a comfortable environment, free wireless, and a good supply of coffee.The problem is, trying to actually FIND decent establishments to fill this need can be a real challenge. I’m not talking about Starbucks here – I’d rather support local businesses and encourage free wireless.
So in an effort to help out others with similar pursuits, here’s a list of free wireless coffeeshops and / or businesses that I’ve found comfortable for telecommuting or just ‘out of home’ work.
- Continental Cafe
Location / Website: Acton
Private coffee shop, very comfortable, includes a deli.
- Diesel Cafe
Location / Website: Davis Square, Somerville (Warning: annoying flash website with sound :-/ )
The current mecca point for Somerville / Cambridge area bohemians. Note – Diesel’s wireless is NOT actually free. But it’s a good place nonetheless.
- Crown Plaza
Location / Website: Natick, on Rt 9
In-lobby comfortable seating, and a bar / restaurant along one side. Comfortable for meetings, work, and quietly getting things done.
- Panera Bread
Panera has many locations all over Boston, see this page to find one near you. Most have free wireless. I personally use the ones in Natick, Marlborough, and Burlington.
- Bear Rock Cafe
Location / Website: Leominster
I found this place while over visiting my mom’s in Leominster. Interestingly, it was all of 40′ away from a Starbucks, but had free wireless and a full deli, and was doing good business.
- Cafe Ziba
Location / Website: Rt 2a in Acton
I’ve never actually been here, but it was recommended.
- The Java Room
Location / Website: Chelmsford
A nice shop out on 495, comfortable and good coffee.
If you know of others in the area, leave them in comments, and I’ll continue updating the list…