If you’re like any local Vancouverite or tourist new to the city you’re going to need a place to connect. Whether it be checking in with your family and friends, sending a long overdue work email, or even updating your travel blog, you need a place to go. Besides the obvious – Starbucks, Vancouver consists of some great cafes with “free wifi” that you’re going to want to hit up. Not only do we want you to be able to enjoy complimentary internet surfing, but also be able to do so while sitting comfortably enjoying some tasty snacks and beverages.
Here are our picks for Vancouver’s best cafes with wifi:
15 Mink – A Chocolate Cafe
Mink specializes in all things chocolate, including some tasty desserts and drinks they also serve teas and other specialty drinks if you’re not in a chocolatey-mood). If you’re needing to satisfy a sweet tooth, you couldn’t have found a better place to do so. Best of all this cafe comes with free WiFi.
The legacy of Milano dates back to three generations of Italian coffee heritage that has been blended with West Coast roots. Their extremely rare blending technique, in which 100% Arabica coffee is carefully crafted into 12- bean blends, sets this coffee chain apart from the rest. Guests can sample eight different on-tap espresso blends everyday, including an array of gelato and baked goods.
13 Blenz Coffee
This Vancouver-based coffee company opened its first store in 1992 on the corner of Robson and Bute. The founders of Blenz wanted to establish a company that’s vision was to improve customers lives by providing the people a good spot to socialize over great quality crafted drinks while relaxing in a comfortable environment. With multiple locations all over the lower mainland you won’t be stuck finding a spot to take a break from your busy day.
12 JJ Bean
The Neate Family has been roasting coffee in Vancouver for over four generations, when John Neate Jr. (JJ) created a company in 1996 coffee-lovers soon began to swoon over. Each one of their locations has free WiFi for its valued customers and new visitors to enjoy. This company seeks to provide the freshest coffee possible by roasting beans in small batches. Their motto: the best taste wins!
11 Momento Coffee House
If you love coffee – you’ll love Momento. You can get their coffee by siphon, French Press, or pour over. This coffee house is all about community – so everything is sourced locally. Their beans are roasted in Victoria by Bows & Arrows which sources organic beans, and encourages farmer-friendly relationships. If you’re more a tea lover, they have great options as well, and an array of tasty food choices. Again, everything is made with local ingredients (they also have gluten-free and vegan options).
10 Tim Hortons
Any Canadian will know Tim Hortons is a must-go to grab a decent cup of coffee all the while enjoying some free WiFi. So it’s no surprise that being a tourist in Vancouver would require you to visit one of their many locations. With a large food and donut menu, there is something for everyone’s taste-buds! Many locations are open quite late or 24 hours, and some are even connected to a Wendy’s (meaning you can get burgers and a frosty!).
9 Breka Bakery and Cafe
What’s not to love about Breka? They’re extremely affordable, have so many sweet treats to choose from, and they’re open around the clock. Whether you’re pulling an all-nighter, meeting up with friends, or playing tourist, this place will keep you connected and caffeinated all day/night long. Breka has three locations which you can enjoy all the wonders this bakery and cafe have to offer, including free WiFi! (*make sure to try their tortes, they’re to die for!)
8 Waves Coffee Shops
Waves Coffee was born in Vancouver and continues to be a reliable go-to for locals and a great pit stop for tourists. A name well known, you know you’re going to get a good quality cup of coffee. If you’re wanting something different than your typical Starbucks chain, Waves offers a different flare including free WiFi; did I mention you probably won’t have to fight for a seat like you would in Starbucks?
7 49th Parallel Roasters Cafe
At 49th Parallel every cup of coffee is a direct representation of it’s said region. In doing so, Parallel works directly with farmers who share the same ambition and commitment to the craft of brewing coffee as they do. So if you’re looking for carefully hand crafted beverages with a generous amount of seats with great views head over to 49th Parallel. If you’re wanting something to munch on they have pastries and fruit cups for you to choose from.
6 The Last Crumb Cafe
Spacious and relaxed, Last Crumb is going to make you feel like you’re reliving your childhood days. The menu consists of luscious cakes, pies, scones, cookies, the works and even better it’s all preservative-free and artificial flavouring-free)! Owned by two sisters obsessed with food, together they created a warm and inviting place for guests to come together to have a good time. The two-level building is perfect if you’re not in a rush and want to plug in and charge up before your next adventure in the city.
5 Lost & Found Cafe
This bohemian style cafe attracts locals, tourists, writers, and daydreamers to enjoy in all of its glory. You literally could get lost in this 2000 sq ft. space of creativity and culture. Owners Kane and Salomeh Ryan (husband and wife team) specialize in serving organic coffee, healthy heart smart salads, sandwiches, and family inspired baked-goods. If you’re wanting more than just a good coffee shop, stick around into the evening and see how this space can transform itself.
4 Our Town Cafe
Our Town Cafe is a cozy and quaint spot for a smaller gathering or a place to go solo. Their menu consists of having breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a wide variety of sweet treats and baked goodies for you to choose from. On top of the yummy food selections and caffeinated beverages, you also are able to order a beer or glass of wine. If you’re looking for a place that has free WiFi and somewhere to escape for some quiet ‘me’ time, grab a glass of pinot and a fudge cream brownie and let your worries fade!
3 Archive by Revolver Coffee
Revolver is about two things: coffee and the experience that goes alongside it. Each drink is made fresh to order based on its constant rotating menu that showcases coffees all around North America. This coffee shop is large and in charge – with big communal tables, fantastic views and good beats that keep you entertained. This place is direct and one that won’t disappoint.
2 Allegro Cafe
Allegro Café is located inside Whole Foods Market on Cambie, but also has a separate entrance then the store considering it is open an hour earlier. This place is a great cafe serving up sandwiches, baked goods, and other prepared foods, including in-house brand Allegro coffee, tea, and espresso drinks. Best part about this place is they serve beer and wine just after 9 a.m. With plenty of space, free Wifi, and it’s early opening time of 6 a.m, tourist or not – this is a good place to start your day.
1 Nelson the Seagull Cafe
Run by a South African brother and sister team, Jono and Lee, this spacious cafe attracts many locals and visitors with their simplistic but delicious food and drinks. Menu items consists of sandwiches, soups, salads, and too many baked goods to choose from. Everything is done in-house including a killer sourdough bread – that you can even order ahead of time and take home. While you’re enjoying the cool atmosphere make sure to munch on some avocado toast and a fresh cup of joe in hand.