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The Best Cafes for Free WiFi in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / December 2, 2013

Cafes Toronto Free WifiThe best cafes in Toronto for free WiFi must have comfortable seating and ample table space to start, but also a combination of natural and artificial light to prevent screen glare. I find an open and airy space that has music kept to a reasonable level really get the mental juices to flow. Add some tasty caffeination and snacks to keep the tummy from grumbling and we're off to the races.

While a plug for every computer is a near impossibility, plenty of outlets or a power bar goes a long way. I've heard of people who hog the lone plug, not for the electricity, but because it can spark conversation with that cafe cutie looking for power. Who knew you could geek out and hook up at the same time?

Here are the best cafes in Toronto for free WiFi.

See also:

The best cafes in Toronto (West Side)
The best cafes in Toronto (East Side)
The best late night cafes in Toronto
The best Americano in Toronto
The best cappuccino in Toronto
The best cafe patios in Toronto
The best coffee roasters in Toronto

R Squared

R Squared

R Squared near Queen and Palmerston tops the list because, frankly, it's a perfect place to work. The defused natural light brightens but doesn't glare, the many tables let individuals occupy without pressure, the coffee is sensational, staff pleasant and WiFi signal strong. What's more? Real food options like healthy soups and sandwiches, and enough plugs around for you to get the charge you need to keep going for hours without having to relocate. More »

LIT Espresso Bar

LIT Espresso Bar

I say good luck finding a seat at the LIT Espresso on Roncey or College, but obviously, since I can't find one someone else has so there you go. I can understand why they camp out, with their fantastic roasted Pig Iron beans and delish baked goods, the warm lighting great for study, a strong signal and a few electrical outlets, who wouldn't plug in and tune out? More »

Early Bird Espresso

Early Bird Espresso

There is something to be said for Early Bird Espresso starting from the ground up. You can put in all those requisite electrical outlets and low-slung bulbs, and floor to ceiling windows to enhance the natural light, designing the space not just to deal with, but embrace, the laptop-carrying crew. With a mix of communal and two top tables, the cafe near Queen and Bathurst has done just that, coupling advances in coffee with technology to keep the ideas and the caffeination flowing. More »

Seven Grams Espresso Bar

Seven Grams Espresso Bar

Seven Grams Espresso bar in Yorkville is an entire house, full of options for working. The basement is like a sleek rec room with couches, pillows and that overhead light perfect for computers, or hit another floor for a loft experience, complete with brilliant natural light. There is way more seating than plug opportunities, but there are some, so just juice up before you head out, grab a chair and a tasty coffee and wait your turn. More »

Cave Novo

Cave Novo

Cafe Novo is like its neighbour High Park-a place for real reflection. With ample table and chair seating, the bar ledge looking over the park, the patio, or the armchairs in the back beside a fireplace, there always seems to be a quiet spot to make use of their free WiFi, and enough electrical outlets to hunker down and get some serious uninterrupted work done. Plus you can take a walk through the park afterward to clear your head. More »

The Tampered Press

The Tampered Press

The Tampered Press, on the northwest of Trinity Bellwoods Park, slings a great coffee, but with all the other coffee options in the area, they've distinguished themselves by providing a great workspace for the computer crowd too. Large communal tables, two-tops, warm low lighting, tasty baked goods, free WiFi and the ever-important multiple power bars makes the Tampered Press a freelancer's paradise. More »

The Good Neighbour

The Good Neighbour

The Good Neighbour combines plenty of wood, natural light, table space, some stylish leather chairs and a beautiful fireplace, and with its location on the Annette bike path and across from the local library, the cafe may be the Junction's most convenient and cozy place to do work. The must-have free WiFi doesn't hurt, nor does the delicious Intelligentsia coffee and the selection of local baked goods. More »

The Common

The Common

Despite two locations to choose from, The Common is so popular it might still be a struggle to get a seat, let alone an electrical outlet. The Bloor spot is massive compared to College but both have the same amazing coffee, charming no-fuss space, and free WiFi. I've always found everyone so friendly and accommodating that occasionally having to pair up with a stranger to share a table hasn't hurt the work environment, but taken it to greater heights. More »

Cafe Pamenar

Cafe Pamenar

Kensington Market's Cafe Pamenar has a couple of plugs, solid tables and chairs, and the requisite and delicious caffeine fuel to get down to serious work. Have a panini or a cookie and you don't have to worry about working through lunch. What really stands out about this joint though is that you can write that essay on the back patio in the fresh air or in winter congratulate yourself on a job well done with a glass of wine. More »

Rooster Coffee House

Rooster Coffee House

Riverdale's Rooster Coffeehouse has been a beacon for the neighbourhood since it opened, and now with the additional King East locale, there is another living-room-like environ to haunt. The leather armchairs make for cozy reading or scrolling through a tablet, but with free WiFi, the mix of communal, deuce and bar perches are chock full of laptops in high gear. The friendly atmosphere makes it easy to ask someone to watch your stuff, allowing you to scoot over and order another yummy latte and snack. More »

De Mello Palheta

De Mello Palheta

Thank goodness De Mello Palheta shines as an alternative to the chains of Yonge and Eglinton, or we'd be stuck at another cookie-cutter Starbucks. Use the communal table at the front or situate yourself at one of the two or four person tables at the back. Even with the free WiFi the smell of the fresh roasted coffee might be enough to keep you wired as you write, or coast on a sugar rush from those amazing pastries by in-house Pastry Chef Danielle DeRoo. More »

Full Stop

Full Stop

Space is key at Full Stop in the Junction. Visually, with a sixties space age vibe, and in terms of organization, because with 40 plus seats and a big patio, you won't be hard pressed to find a place to get typing on that MacBook. Only problem with that much seating is competition for the few electrical outlets. They do however have good coffee and an in-house menu, not just the requisite sweets, so make sure you come powered up. More »

Discussion

18 Comments

Liv / December 2, 2013 at 08:03 pm
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El Almacen on Queen is a good one too.
Mike / December 2, 2013 at 08:03 pm
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Nice choice. I think I've opened up a laptop in every one of these...and a few bars that serve coffee
Lavender / December 2, 2013 at 08:08 pm
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One thing that drives me nuts (and maybe this makes me a miserable old bag) is that so many coffee shops crank the music. I like the ambiance of these types of places and the music is part of that, but it's just too much. It's not a club. I'm not there to be entertained.
Dan / December 2, 2013 at 08:10 pm
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The back room at the Flying Pony on Gerrard East is my new secret spot. Oops.
Lavish and Squalor / December 2, 2013 at 08:39 pm
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City Bar upstairs at Lavish and Squalor is Queen West's best kept secret! Come see why. 253 Queen St. W
moonshake / December 3, 2013 at 08:04 am
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For those in the west end, Birds & Beans Café on Lakeshore Blvd West at Mimico.
Justin Kozuch / December 3, 2013 at 09:08 am
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Strada 241 on Spadina has free WiFi and some pretty nice people working there. I've spent full days there without so much of a complaint from staff. (Of course, I did buy something every 2 hours or so, but still...)
jammythecat / December 3, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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The headline could also read "Cafes that are impossible to get a seat in, and should be avoided".

This is why I respect Dark Horse. No outlets for plugging laptops in.

The coffee culture in Toronto is becoming terrible. People showing up, buying one drip coffee and sitting on their laptop for 3 hours. Come one... what happened to the point of a coffee shop? For neighbours to come together and chat. Digital culture has slowly killed yet another thing.
Chaplin Estate Guy / December 3, 2013 at 08:30 pm
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Agree with jammythecat. Not only that but you get the ones who think the place is their personal office and they do conference calls. This happened to one in our neighbourhood and yes it is a café to be avoided.
Liz / December 4, 2013 at 09:40 am
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Fuel+ on Church. Great staff, great coffee (and smoothies, cookies, lunch, etc) and great people watching for when your laptop gets boring.
evan / December 6, 2013 at 08:26 pm
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Ohhhh poor jammythecat, it's hard for you to do what you want because other people are doing what they want. Oh I'm so so sad for you and you are right to denounce people with priorities different than yours. Shame on freelancers for spending Wednesday afternoons using their laptop in a cafe while they could be not working and socializing. People that work independently on their laptops should be confined to their homes so there is more room for you to lounge and socialize at cafés. Also people shouldn't read, listen to music on headphones, or enjoy cafés in any other way than the one that you most prefer to do. If only the world was full of people like you, then you would be soooo happy.
evan / December 7, 2013 at 04:14 pm
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No I was the one serving the coffee and observing people like you. The cafés I worked in were home to all. Pretentious judgement isn't social, neighbourly, or kind.
Me replying to a comment from evan / December 7, 2013 at 06:11 pm
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That makes sense. The longer customers milked a single coffee and made themselves literally at home, the fewer customers you had to serve.
Richard / January 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm
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Very disappointing review, BlogTO. Why not make a list of cafe's in town with lots of tables, good coffee, free wifi and numerous outlets, and let us choose instead of routing us to your usual locations and then dropping the "never get a table" or "only a few outlets" proviso. Are there so few cafes in Toronto or are you just unwilling to go out and review them - And even the reviews you have done are out of date: In the case of LIT Espresso on Roncy, for example, they don't have "a few outlets" they have exactly two, and their internet service is so bad that they throttle their connection by locking out certain sites like YouTube - violating the principle of net neutrality. Yet this is your #2 choice for internet cafes in Toronto. Lazy, lame reportage.
Guillermo / April 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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It's impressive that you are getting thoughts from
this article as well as from our dialogue made at this
time.
haunt 2013 movie / May 13, 2014 at 05:16 am
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On the other hand, links of subscription websites are handing out stuff with
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the second one.
Homer replying to a comment from jammythecat / July 26, 2014 at 11:47 am
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It's hilarious because you wrote this comment on a computer.
mara / August 1, 2014 at 03:32 pm
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9 Bars (St Clair, 1 block east of Yonge) is the best. Great for working, great staff, amazing coffee.

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