The Best Cafes for Free WiFi in Toronto
The best cafes in Toronto for free WiFi make studying, working, or playing on your laptop easy. In an ideal world, that means no fighting for electrical outlets, an abundance of comfortable seating, and the option of communal tables to spread out and share your screen. I also find lots of natural light helpful as well, just to keep the urge to sleep at bay when wrestling with a looming deadline. And good coffee is, of course, essential, along with a variety of snacks and treats to keep the energy level high.
It's rare that a Toronto cafe wins on all this criteria (especially the electrical outlets) but it's still tough to beat the places below when taking everything into consideration.
And what about late hours? Since we previously published a list highlighting the best late night cafes (all with free WiFi) we thought we'd focus this one on places you can only hit up when the sun is still shining.
Note: This list was previously published on September 8, 2009. Comments below made up until October 8, 2010 are in reference to the old list. We've purposely kept the archived comments here because we believe they (mostly) add value to this topic. If you don't want to have to wade through all of them, simply hit the "sort by newest first" link at the top of the thread.
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With three locations in Toronto boasting lots of open air, communal tables, and dark, rich Americanos, Dark Horse Espresso Bar is an environment perfectly suited to productivity. The influx of natural light is a big help too. Of course, the dreamy scones and rich date squares might invoke a little procrastination. At its largest Chinatown location the WiFi is shared with the Centre for Social Innovation. More »
Lit Espresso bar is for those who share my online mantra - one hand on the keyboard, the other on the sandwich. Or, in Lit's case, the panino. Lit's two locations--one in Roncesvalles and one on College--offer Stumptown coffee and freshly made baked goods, prepared on-site. More »
Conveniently located right outside High Park station, Cafe Novo is spacious and breezy. Novo really has something for everyone, offering almond and soymilk along with regular milk, and many gluten free and vegan treats. There is plenty of seating including a large communal table as well as comfy chairs near a fireplace. Bonus - a large chalkboard allows sudden brainstorming urges to come to life. More »
The high ceilings and bright white walls mean you'll never feel cramped while making use of the WiFi at The Green Grind. The large communal table ensures lots of space to spread out (when it's not busy) and the 1% of profits donated to environmental charities will make you feel like you're giving back as you're plugging in. More »
R Squared on Queen West is an ideal WiFi spot, namely for its abundance of outlets and seating options. Its fresh sandwiches also offer a satisfying way to tide you over as you plow through work or study materials, as well as its delicious coffee. More »
The Tampered Press on Dundas West feels like home, which of course means you must resist the urge to Google things you would reserve only for home. With well prepared lattes and its own version of the whoopie pie called "Awesomes," Tampered Press is a great place to pull out your laptop and take a seat at the communal table. More »
The people at Merchants of Green really know their coffee, and you'll be sure to get a cup made from fairly sourced beans, and made with sustainability in mind. But don't let the seemingly hidden location fool you - Merchants of Green has been discovered, so be prepared to share. Plenty of tables and a relatively tranquil environment make this a prime WiFi hangout just steps from Queen and Broadview. More »
While I usually go for cozy armchairs when surrendering to my laptop, the industrial-style seating at Te Aro in Leslieville and Crafted by Te Aro on Ossington make sure you don't fall asleep when trying to get work done. Seriously, that's a good thing. And to keep you going, you can get your coffee prepared in a variety of different ways, including French press and cold drip. More »