There are times when you just need to get out of the house and away from the office to get anything accomplished.

If you live in the St. Louis suburb of Sunset Hills, or you travel through Sunset Hills periodically, then this list is for you.

Free WiFi is Just a Start:

I have a list of requirements for my WiFi spots before I’ll grab my laptop and head out for a work session. My favorite places have all 5 of the features below.

  • Free Wi-Fi (free)
  • Good coffee with free unlimited refills (coffee)
  • Good access to outlets (plugs)
  • Real food…not just muffins & dessert (food)
  • Easy parking (cars)

To help you decide where you want to take your computer, I am noting these features on my list below for the places that I’ve visited. I haven’t visited all of the locations personally, so they won’t all have the features rated.

If you see any free WiFi spots I’ve missed, or can give us any information about the WiFi experience on any of the places I’ve listed below, leave a comment at the end of the post. And definitely let me know if the information is wrong…a place is closed or doesn’t actually offer free WiFi.

I’ve also put together a map with the locations throughout the entire St. Louis area other than the libraries, Starbucks and the fast food chains. You can even pull up the map on your iPhone or Android phone. Simply add the map to your Google account using the ‘Add to My Maps’ link. Then pull up the map on your phone using the layers option in the Google maps app.

See complete St. Louis region free WiFi list…

Free WiFi Locations in Sunset Hills, MO:

Borders Bookstores
free, food, cars
Similar to Barnes & Noble, Borders offers a cafe area where you can sit and surf the internet. Not sure why, but I’ve found it harder to find an open table at Borders. I tend to go to the Creve Coeur and Brentwood locations, and both are bright spaces where you won’t feel you are imposing if you work for a few hours. As in B&N, outlets are limited and coffee will get expensive if you want a refill.

St. Louis Bread Company (aka Panera Bread)
free, coffee, plugs, food, cars
With multiple locations all over town, Bread Co is the easiest choice for free WiFi. Every cafe has quite a few outlets plus enough seating that you can usually get a table near them. The only drawback – there is a 30 minute time limit on free WiFi from 11:30-2:00 pm. Given how busy they get at lunchtime, I can understand why they made this choice. Still, it has encouraged me to branch out and discover options where I can work for as long as I want. My favorite locations are UCity Loop, Creve Coeur and Brentwood.

Wired Coffee
free, coffee, plugs, food, cars
I was less than impressed with the food at this coffee shop (I asked for some mayo in my wrap and they tossed the lettuce in mayo like it was salad dressing – yuck!). But, otherwise it is a good pick for a coffee house were you could spend some time with your laptop. They even have a small meeting room that you can use for your group.