My friend has the best grandpa + modern technology story; it must be retold. Her grandpa walks into a coffee shop, orders his cup of joe, takes a peek at the bakery, decides on a muffin, and adds, “… and I’ll take a couple of those free wiffies too.”
Sometimes, you just don’t want to use the Internet connection you’re paying for in your home or apartment. Good thing Minneapolis has some great alternatives in which you can make yourself comfortable with a caffeinated drink, get some work done, people watch, and catch some free waves.
• Not only does Open Book’s Coffee Gallery have some of the most reliable Wi-Fi I’ve experienced in Minneapolis coffee shops, it’s centrally located in one of the city’s literary hubs, with Milkweed Editions, The Loft Literary Center, and MCBA located upstairs. Also, it smells really good inside.
• The first time I went to the Spyhouse on Nicollet, I asked the woman next to me if her Internet was working (mine wasn’t). She said “No, and that’s not unusual for here. But I come here for the atmosphere.”
• The Walker Art Center‘s got a nice little set up where you can grab a coffee, tea, or beer and sit down with your computer before a show. Or if you go on a Thursday night, your admission into the gallery is free.
• Whenever I want to get stuff done, I usually end up going to The Tea Garden in Uptown. I can always count on being served the best Jasmine tea and an unwavering Internet connection. But depending on when you go, you’ll either be surrounded by like-minded workers or high schoolers slamming their bubble teas.
• I haven’t taken advantage of The Guthrie‘s free Wi-Fi on levels one, four, and five of the theater, and I’m not sure why not. But it’s next on my list.