As summer comes into season, we’re more motivated than ever to take advantage of the city’s many leisure-centric locales. Unsurprisingly, it’s hard to find a wifi-free public place in this tech-savvy city, so we’ve tracked down a few places that have forsworn wifi altogether, and a few more where you can approximate the wifi-less experience with enough willpower.
Here are some of our favorite wifi free places to hang in Boston:
THINKING CUP, 165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
Open Monday – Wednesday, 7 AM – 10 PM; Thursday – Sunday, 7 AM – 11 PM
A commitment to creating a cozy ambiance has kept wifi out of this Stumptown-serving shop, which has satellite locations in the North End and Back Bay.
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston MA
Open Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 AM – 5 PM; Thursday – Friday, 10 AM – 9 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM
A cavernous industrial building on the harbor makes for the perfect setting for some of the most interesting and challenging art around. Admission is free every Thursday night and on select holiday Mondays.
HI-RISE BREAD COMPANY, 1663 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA
Open Monday – Friday., 8 AM – 8 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 8 AM – 5 PM
This Cambridge bakery has a strict no-wifi policy and a reputation for making simple, homestyle staples.
NORMAN B. LEVENTHAL PARK, 130 Congress Street, Boston MA
Open Monday – Sunday, 6 AM – 9 PM
There technically is wifi in this park (it’s covered by the city’s WickedFreeWifi), but if you can avoid connecting, you’ll find a slice of solace in Post Office Square. The park’s charming gazebo and great lawn sit atop a busy parking garage, a perfect metaphor for the park’s role among the hustle of the Financial District.
PORTER SQUARE BOOKS, 25 White Street, Cambridge MA
Open Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 9 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 8 AM – 7 PM
This local favorite keeps the crowds moving by offering a very limited wifi option—one hour with every purchase—so be sure you’re committed to browsing the stacks and not buying snacks.
In need of a more definite escape? Check out our Boston Outpost, featuring wifi free cabins just two hours outside of the city.