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Mapping the 13 best spots with free Wi-Fi in Downtown LA

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Now the sun is out nonstop, it might be a good time to get out. See a tree, feel the wind, narrowly avoid stepping in something—live! We're not suggesting that you abandon your computer to do this. Far from it. What we are suggesting is that you take it on the road, perhaps to Downtown? For some ideas about where to post up with a laptop, we have a list of the 13 best spots in DTLA with free Wi-Fi. (Points are listed roughly from east to west.)

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1. Grand Central Market

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 624-2378
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Whether you want to be indoors or outdoors, this fancified place has it, plus ample seating. Just be sure to stake your claim before lunchtime.

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2. Los Angeles Public Library - Central

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630 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-7000
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The internet isn't the fastest here, but there are so many outlets and chairs that you won't even mind.
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3. LA Cafè

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639 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 612-3000
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This Historic Core spot is pumping the Wi-Fi 24 hours a day, for when you totally underestimated how long it would take you to do something.

4. Pershing Square

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532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 847-4970
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There are a few tables with umbrellas here, which is good because shade is hard to find here otherwise. Outlets, however, are harder to come by.
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5. The Standard, Downtown LA

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550 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 892-8080
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Whether in the lobby, in the diner, or up on the roof, there is always seating, food, and drink nearby.
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6. Perch

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448 S Hill St 13th F
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770
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Working late? This rooftop Wi-Fi hotspot stays open until 1 a.m. most nights and has a killer view of the Downtown skyline.

7. Bottega Louie

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700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470
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It is probably the loudest place in Downtown, but a person could definitely work here for a while in the calm before the lunch or dinner rush, nursing a drink, and be pretty content (and productive!).

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8. FIGat7th

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725 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 955-7150
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Plenty of seating, an entire food court of options nearby, and access to gelato put this Wi-Fi spot a little above the rest.

9. Ace Hotel Los Angeles

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933 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 623-3233
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You might be too distracted by all the gorgeous architecture to work, but you will have the technical capabilities to be productive here. Rooftop, restaurant—it's all wired up. Ask for the password at the bar(s).

10. MOCA

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250 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
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MOCA's MOCA Public offers free internet access. Ask at the ticket booth for the network password.
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11. Microsoft Square

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Chick Hearn Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The Staples Center and Microsoft Square (formerly Nokia Plaza) both have free Wi-Fi for guests. (Instructions on how to sign on are here.) And when it's time to take a break from working, there's a movie theater and a whole host of distractions within walking distance.

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12. The CalEdison

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601 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
There's not an abundance of seating, but if you can snag a spot, hold onto it for the one-hour period in which connecting to the speedy Wi-Fi is free. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful setting in which to work. The marble lobby, which is open to the public, is breathtaking.

13. Citigroup Center

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444 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
The building's open-air, ground-floor plaza has decent and reliable Wi-Fi, and plenty of shaded sections to hide in when that strong California sun has you feeling almost like bacon in a pan. A great place to work in the mornings, when it's cool, before the library is open. There's a Starbucks in the plaza, so snacks and that vital caffeine fix are never far away.

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1. Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Whether you want to be indoors or outdoors, this fancified place has it, plus ample seating. Just be sure to stake your claim before lunchtime.

A post shared by Dillon (@dill_uhn) on

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

2. Los Angeles Public Library - Central

630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
John Kim/Curbed LA flickr pool
The internet isn't the fastest here, but there are so many outlets and chairs that you won't even mind.
630 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

3. LA Cafè

639 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
This Historic Core spot is pumping the Wi-Fi 24 hours a day, for when you totally underestimated how long it would take you to do something.
639 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

4. Pershing Square

532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Joey Zanotti/Curbed LA flickr pool
There are a few tables with umbrellas here, which is good because shade is hard to find here otherwise. Outlets, however, are harder to come by.
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5. The Standard, Downtown LA

550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Atwater Village Newbie/Curbed LA flickr pool
Whether in the lobby, in the diner, or up on the roof, there is always seating, food, and drink nearby.
550 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

6. Perch

448 S Hill St 13th F, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Working late? This rooftop Wi-Fi hotspot stays open until 1 a.m. most nights and has a killer view of the Downtown skyline.
448 S Hill St 13th F
Los Angeles, CA 90013

7. Bottega Louie

700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
It is probably the loudest place in Downtown, but a person could definitely work here for a while in the calm before the lunch or dinner rush, nursing a drink, and be pretty content (and productive!).

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700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017

8. FIGat7th

725 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Plenty of seating, an entire food court of options nearby, and access to gelato put this Wi-Fi spot a little above the rest.
725 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

9. Ace Hotel Los Angeles

933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
You might be too distracted by all the gorgeous architecture to work, but you will have the technical capabilities to be productive here. Rooftop, restaurant—it's all wired up. Ask for the password at the bar(s).
933 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

10. MOCA

250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Ric Berryman/Curbed LA flickr pool
MOCA's MOCA Public offers free internet access. Ask at the ticket booth for the network password.
250 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

11. Microsoft Square

Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015
The Staples Center and Microsoft Square (formerly Nokia Plaza) both have free Wi-Fi for guests. (Instructions on how to sign on are here.) And when it's time to take a break from working, there's a movie theater and a whole host of distractions within walking distance.

A post shared by SECRET SOCIETY (@theloft215) on

Chick Hearn Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90015

12. The CalEdison

601 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
There's not an abundance of seating, but if you can snag a spot, hold onto it for the one-hour period in which connecting to the speedy Wi-Fi is free. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful setting in which to work. The marble lobby, which is open to the public, is breathtaking.
601 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

13. Citigroup Center

444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The building's open-air, ground-floor plaza has decent and reliable Wi-Fi, and plenty of shaded sections to hide in when that strong California sun has you feeling almost like bacon in a pan. A great place to work in the mornings, when it's cool, before the library is open. There's a Starbucks in the plaza, so snacks and that vital caffeine fix are never far away.

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444 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071