Wi Fi Hot Spots

2 H Cafe: 380 17th Street, at Sanchez. Jason Harlan reports that now an employee here "forces you to share tables with other laptop users... and he's rude." map | site

3 Jumpin' Java Coffee House & Eats: 139 Noe, at 14th. map

4 Maggie Mudd: OK, it's an ice cream shop, not a cafe. But I think they serve coffee... I haven't stepped inside this place; their Web site frightens me. 903 Cortland Ave. at Gates. map | site

5 Maxfield's House of Caffeine: Dolores at 17th. Matadors fought bulls nearby! Don't take my word for it, ask about it in the Mission Dolores museum at San Francisco's oldest church, two doors up on Dolores. Or check out the bullfight pictures here (the sixth and seventh illustrations from the bottom). But I digress... map

6 Morning Due Cafe: 3698 17th Street, at Church Street. Thanks to Rick Ehrlinspiel for the tip. Added 12/31/03. map

7 Caffe Puccini: (NOTE: Wi-Fi connection here is weak.) This cafe doesn't provide Wi-Fi access, but they're within range of someone's open Wi-Fi hub. When sitting at the south side of the cafe -- the side closest to Broadway -- I can pick up a low- to medium-strength signal. Unfortunately I couldn't find any power outlets. Not a perfect situation, but this is a cozy cafe that serves great strong coffee to tourists and classic North Beach characters. 411 Columbus Ave, between Green and Vallejo. map

8 Rockin' Java: 1821 Haight Street between Shrader and Stanyan, just East of Golden Gate Park. map

9 Martha & Bros. Coffee on Church: (NOTE: Wi-Fi connection may not be strong.) This cafe doesn't provide free Wi-Fi access, but they're within range of someone's open Wi-Fi hub. (This cafe does provide fee-based Wi-Fi access via Surf and Sip; select the "toaster.net" signal for free access or select "SurfandSip" for the stronger fee-based signal.) Thanks to Brad Lauster for the tip. And big thanks to Cliff Skolnick for sharing his home access point with the public! 1551 Church Street, at Duncan. map | site

10 Peet's Coffee on Fillmore: (NOTE: Wi-Fi connection may not be strong.) Dave Holmes-Kinsella reports: "If I sit *outside* at Peet's on Sacramento & Fillmore, there's a varying number of free WiFi A/Ps available." 2197 Fillmore Street, at Sacramento. map

11 Oakside Cafe: (NOTE: This cafe closes at 3 pm.) Thanks to Brian McCarthy for the tip. 1195 Oak Street, at Broderick. map

12 Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe: (NOTE: Free Wi-Fi connection may not be strong.) This cafe doesn't provide free Wi-Fi access, but they're within range of someone's open Wi-Fi hub. It's a cozy little North Beach cafe in a beautiful setting with good coffee and power outlets in back. (This cafe does provide fee-based Wi-Fi access via Surf and Sip; select the "thiebaud apple network" signal for free access or select "SurfandSip" for the stronger fee-based signal.) 566 Columbus Avenue, at Union, across the street from Washington Square Park. Added 3/28/03. map | site

14 Internet Wired Cafe: In addition to regular WiFi (802.11b), this cafe offers one of the new, faster, 802.11g hotspots. Enjoy the free wi-fi, but brace yourself for the cheesiest policy in town: using a power outlet will cost you $1 per hour. By raising the cost of their coffee by ten cents per cup and cancelling this pathetically stingy rule, they'd make make more money and they'd stop insulting their customers. But hey, it's a free country; let them keeping diverting business to the more than forty other free wi-fi cafes in town that respect their customers. Thanks to "toor" for the tip. 1392 9th Avenue, at Judah. Added 3/30/03. map | site

15 Oh Java! Cafe: Thanks to Kevin for the tip. 562 Central Avenue, at Grove. Added 4/15/03. map

16 Central Coffee, Tea & Spice: NOTE: The hot-spot here is WEP-encryped; you have to ask at the front counter for the passcode, which the owner changes regularly to "keep people honest." This doesn't really make sense, because any dishonest person could easily go to the front counter and copy down today's passcode. But anyway, ask for the code and type it into your Wi-Fi card settings. This is kind of a hassle, but the coffee and the music were good when I visited the place. Thanks to Kevin for the tip. 1696 Hayes St. at Central Ave. Added 4/15/03. map

17 Crepe Soleil: Thanks to Stew for the tip. Polk Street near Pine. Added 4/15/03. map

18 Venture Frogs: This is not really a cafe, but cofounder Tony Hsieh says people are welcome to use their free wifi connection, and they serve coffee and tea. 1000 Van Ness, at O'Farrell. Added 4/15/03. map | site

19 Castro Country Club: Thanks to "csmoll" for the tip. 4058 18th Street, at Castro. Added 4/19/03. map | site

20 Caffe Roma: I love this cafe; thanks to Ben Hammersley for the tipping me off to their new wifi service. 526 Columbus, between Green and Union. Added 4/19/03. map | site

21 Golden Gate Perk: Thanks to Chris Bucoy Brown for the tip. Bush at Kearny. Added 4/19/03. map | site

24 Nani's Cafe: Thanks to Eric L. for the tip. 2739 Geary Boulevard, between Masonic and Wood. Added 4/26/03. map

25 Sacred Grounds: NOTE: For some reason the proprietors sometimes turn off their hotspot; if you don't get a signal, ask the barista to turn it on. Thanks to Cameron for the tip. 2095 Hayes Street, at Cole. Added 4/26/03. map | site

27 The Canvas Cafe/Gallery: Thanks to Adrian Elliot for the tip. 1200 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, just south of Golden Gate Park. Added 4/26/03. map

28 Dulcinea Cafe and Catering: This cafe doesn't provide its own hotspot, but from there you can supposedly reach the hotspot next door at DNA Lounge. Thanks to DNA's Jamie Zawinski for the tip -- and for the bandwidth. 371 11th Street, between Harrison and Folsom. Added 4/26/03. map | site

30 Cup a Joe: It's "a great cafe with good light, couches upstairs, lots of plugs, and the best banana bread around," according to Corii Liau. Thanks for the tip, Corii. 1901 Hayes Street, at Ashbury. Added 5/24/03. map

33 Pearls International Beverages: Galen reports that Pearls offers free 802.11a and 802.11b Wi-Fi access. 329 West Portal Avenue, between 14th and 15th. Added 5/26/03. map

34 JavaCat Cafe: 5549 Geary Blvd, between 19th and 20th. Added 5/26/03. map

35 The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf: 2201 Fillmore Street, at Sacramento. Thanks to praxis for the tip. Added 6/14/03. map | site

36 Metro Crepe: 1 Sansome Street, at Market, in the courtyard. Thanks to des for the tip. Added 6/21/03. map

37 Samovar Tea Lounge: 498 Sanchez Street, at 18th Street. At the site of the old Chat Cafe. Thanks to Robert James Sandler for the tip. Added 6/28/03. UPDATE 12/31/03: "Alec" and "Bobby O." report intermittent wi-fi availability at Samovar; Bobby O. says this cafe turns off its hot spot on weekends and discourages use of neighboring hotspots within Samovar. map | site

41 Skylight Caf? 1720 Taraval Avenue, at 28th Avenue. Thanks to Victor d'Allant for the tip. Added 8/10/03. map

43 Muddy's Coffee House: 1304 Valencia Street, at 24th Street. Thanks to Romel for the tip. Added 9/9/03. map

46 Sea Biscuit Coffee Shop : 3815 Noriega Street, at 45th Avenue. Thanks to Vernon Kuhns for the tip. Vernon says the place is "Small, homey, and good sound track." Added 11/3/03. map

47 Joey's: 517 O'Farrell Street, at Jones Street. Thanks to John Abbe, who reports that this is "another laundromat/cafe, apparently with 802.11g," and that they offer "'Espresso, Ice Cream, Sausage' (the sausage was okay, but nothing special)' with outlets available. Added 11/3/03. map

48 Cafe Francisco: 2161 Powell Street, at Francisco Street. Thanks to RacerX, who reports that two, sometimes three, open wi-fi access points from nearby homes are within range of this cafe. RacerX reports: "Coffee and tea are both cheaper than at Caffe Roma, and there is plenty of outside seating in the shade." Added 11/3/03. map

50 Puccini & Pinetta: 129 Ellis Street, at Cyril Magnin Street. Thanks to John Abbe for the tip. Added 11/3/03. map

51 Westin St. Francis Hotel: 335 Powell Street, at Geary Street. Thanks to John Abbe, who reports: "Access is free, but you fill out a web form every 1/2 hour. There's an outlet along the wall in the back right of the ground floor. The open snack/drink area there has some comfy seats, and expensive drinks/snacks. The connection is also available from a corridor on the second floor, but not the higher floors..." Added 11/3/03. map

52 Caffe La Piazza: 700 Columbus Avenue at Filbert Street. Thanks to Vernon Kuhns for the tip. Vernon reports that this cafe "is next to an open 802.11b hub. It has available outlets, and, most importantly is under new management (a friend). Say Hi to Charley and Jing if you visit." Added 11/3/03. map

53 Cole Valley Cafe: 609 Cole Street, at Haight Street. Thanks to Jesse for the tip. Added 12/31/03.

54 Bean Bag Cafe: 601 Divisadero Street, at Hayes Street. Thanks to Rick Ehrlinspiel for the tip. Added 12/31/03. map

55 Bahia Cafe: 1901 Ocean Avenue, at Ashton Avenue. Thanks to Alan for the tip. Added 12/31/03. map

WiFiHotSpots (last edited 2004-04-28 00:29:46 by JimWiggins)