The Best Cafes for Free WiFi in Toronto
The 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.
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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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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, 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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »