Thanks to the Mairie de Paris and the Région Ile-de-France, you can use your laptop or smartphone to surf the internet in more than 400 Parisian museums, city halls, libraries and parks. To do so, keep your eyes peeled for a purple oval that says Paris Wi-Fi -- it will be located near entrances or on announcement/message boards. All you have to do is join the Orange wifi network and follow the registration cues (these should launch automatically in your browser, however if they don’t, launch your browser after you’ve clicked Orange.) You’ll go through a few steps to set up a login and password. Once that’s squared away, félicitations! For two hours, you’ll have free access to the internet.
One of my favorite museums which has free wifi is the Musée Carnavalet, which is dedicated to the history of Paris. It’s an especially nice place to pause in the afternoons, a quiet oasis in the middle of the bustling Marais. The museum’s permanent collections are free, too.
For a detailed map of hot-spot locations, click the wifi icon at the top of this map. This map is also handy for locating libraries, museums, Vélib stations, hospitals, schools and local mairies. Bookmark it!
For a list of parks where free access is available, click here.