There are a great number of independent free (or mostly free) wireless coffee shops in Seattle. Places where you can buy your Java, bring your laptop or iBook and get online. The web site WiFi Mug offers an impressive list of hot spots all over town, as well as lists focussed on neighborhoods, from Alki Bakery on Alki (Beach) in West Seattle, to Tea House Kuan Yin in Wallingford and Grateful Bread in Wedgewood.
Check WiFi Mug for individual hot spot policies.
For every chain coffee shop in Seattle, there's usually an independent alternative kitty corner, or right around the bend of the road!
Previously published at hotelsbycity 3/25/2007