Reblogged from Cape Town Magazine, here are places you can access free wifi in Cape Town!
Unlimited free and fast Wi-fi is just one of the many reasons that this surf-inspired clothing shop-meets-restaurant-meets-art gallery has put itself on the map. We won’t delve into the other motivating factors, but we will say that as this multi-purpose city centre spot was founded with the intention of giving locals a “comfortable space to spend the whole day”, web cruisers can confidently settle in on one of the plush leather couches – there’s also a fireplace – or in amongst the light wood tables for some uninterrupted surfing. Otherwise, those who crave the odd distraction or bit of servicing can peruse the exclusive Aussie mens- and womenswear, have a gander at the exquisite portraiture or simply order a coffee or more substantial meal from the bistro menu.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm; Saturday: 8am – 1pm
165 Bree Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 9857
Though inspired by the age-old storybook The Tale of Peter Rabbit, this cosy Gardens eatery has a few modern day trappings – one of which is unlimited free Wi-fi. Whether you’re popping in for a famous slice of homemade carrot cake, a glass of cold-pressed juice or a hearty meal, you’ll find the quirky café a more than hospitable place to fall down the black hole of the internet. Nostalgia and warmth burst from every corner, and some would even say Peter’s House’s prices are pretty old-fashioned. Aside from the mahala bandwidth, you can get main course for as little as R30 and as much as R70. So, hop to it.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – ‘til late; Saturday: 9am – ‘til late; Sunday: 9am – 2pm
14 Kloof Nek Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 3451
Hudsons: The Burger Joint
This popular Cape Town burger franchise serves up free Wi-fi alongside its well-stacked bun-and-patty combos. All three of Hudsons’s outlets (situated in Green Point, Claremont and Gardens) offer patrons 40 minutes of free Wi-fi access and its burgers include some truly mouth-watering options like The Wiseguy, which is layered with tomato relish, fresh chillies, jalapeños and rocket, and The Original Royale, which comprises bacon, cheddar, chilli and battered onion rings. Not to mention, you can sip on cocktails like mojitos, bloody marys and long island iced teas while checking your mail, updating your Facebook status or cruising for matches on Tinder.
Opening times: Every day from 12pm to 11pm.
Shop 1A, 25 Protea Road | Claremont | +27 (0) 21 674 5152
69 A Kloof Street | Gardens | +27 (0) 21 426 5974
Cnr Somerset & Upper Portswood Road | Green Point | + 27 (0) 21 433 1496
Not only does this java haven “roast coffee properly”, but it also gives customers one hour of free Wi-fi while they sip and enjoy (Wi-fi costs R60 a gigabyte after the first hour is up). Artisan coffee has something of a cult following in Cape Town, and Truth has an array of great blends for you to indulge in while you surf the Web, check emails and draw up business propositions. As this Wi-fi hotspot has branches in both the Fringe and Green Point, it’s perfect for those Capetonians living or working just away from the CBD.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7am – 6pm; Sunday: 8am – 2pm
Prestwich Memorial | 1 Somerset Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 200 0440
36 Buitenkant Street | The Fringe | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 419 2945
The Field Office
This Wi-fi hotspot is the place for creative people to get together, socialise and plough through a little work. So, if you own a skateboard or bicycle and live in District Six or Woodstock (they have branches in both areas), take a quick ride down. Here, you can listen to good music while you tweet, blog and skype with friends and colleagues (both spots offer unlimited free Wi-fi). The Field Office cafés serve up bold and earthy Deluxe Coffeeworks coffee, which customers can enjoy while taking in eye-catching artwork and design products, all produced by local artists.
Opening Hours: Barrack Street: Monday – Friday: 7am – 4pm; The Woodstock Exchange: Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 4:30pm, Saturday: 9am – 2pm
37 Barrack Street | District Six | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 461 4599
The Woodstock Exchange | 66 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 447 2020
Cascades on the Promenade
If you find yourself in the Sea Point area and in need of a coffee and free unlimited Wi-fi fix, then head over to the Cascades on the Promenade bistro, where you can get the best Italian java while browsing the Web and updating your social media. The corner eatery also offers a range of tasty dishes, from eggs Benedict and french toast to popular lunch options, such as a twice-baked cheese soufflé and a freshly made chicken pie. The terrace, populated with designer chairs, also has an ocean view, so if you do look up from your device, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7:30am – 11pm
11 Arthurs Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 434 5979
This small bistro-style eatery offers both free Wi-fi and tasty fare (think sandwiches, soups, linefish and more). Situated on the corner of Long and Buiten streets, it is conveniently positioned smack in the heart of Cape Town’s central business district. Lola’s fresh, rustic interior creates a vibey, young feel for workers on the go. However, if you’re looking for a quiet place with lots of privacy in which to work, perhaps this bustling haunt is not the Wi-fi spot for you.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 8am – 4:30pm; Sunday: 8am – 3pm (the restaurant opens until 6pm from Monday to Saturday in the summer months)
228 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 423 0885
Intimate and cosy, Tamboers Winkel, which sits just off Kloof Street, has a rustic, farm-style feel and offers a selection of breakfasts, a range of fresh breads, free-range chicken, local cheeses, charcuterie, Deluxe Coffeeworks coffee and more together with free unlimited Wi-fi. The eatery is a bit smaller than other inclusions on this list, so keep this in mind if you prefer a work setting that’s a little more spacious. If you do pick this spot though, you can opt to enjoy some privacy at the counter by the window or join the long, communal centre table to chat with other patrons while browsing the Net.
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 8am – 6pm; Wednesday – Friday: 8am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 4pm
3 De Lorentz Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 0521
220 Princes Lounge
This upmarket, laidback coffee lounge, which rests in the heart of Cape Town’s Gardens and doubles up as a private function venue, boasts a classic vintage feel and casual, peaceful atmosphere. Hence, the trendy 220 Princes Lounge – it claims both an elegant communal dining room and a sumptuous sofa area – offers an ideal environment in which to relax in front of your laptop. And better yet, you can pair your browsing session with a cup of strong black coffee, a butter croissant, sandwich, salad or variety of other dishes.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 3pm
Corner of Hatfield and Wandel streets | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 461 6175
If you’re the fashionable, contemporary type, then Loading Bay in De Waterkant, the Mother City’s trendy gap capital, is the sort of place you’d hang out. The Cape Town hotspot offers customers one to two hours of free wireless Internet in an inspiring worker-friendly environment (though it can get very busy at times). What’s more, owner Jon-Paul Bolus marries years of experience in the design industry with passion and originality (all reflected in the design of the bistro) and ensures that the comfort food and artisan coffee served is both local and lekker.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm; Saturday: 8am – 4pm (Loading Bay will open for Sunday brunch soon too)
30 Hudson Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 425 6321
Rick’s Café Américain
Housed in a 100-year-old Victorian building, Rick’sCafé Américain is a laidback eatery that features a labyrinth of rooms where you can relax while cruising the Web. The Casablanca-inspired restaurant offers free Wi-fi until 7pm to any customer ordering one of its delectable meals. Laze on a couch in the loft lounge upstairs while you enjoy Moroccan- and Mediterranean-style tapas, or head to the large roof deck or front veranda, both of which present magnificent views of Table Mountain, and relish some tasty seafood (Wi-fi is available in all these different areas).
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11am – late (Wi-fi only until 7pm)
2 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 1100
This Hellenic restaurant has a reputation for hospitality that ensures it’s jam-packed on both weekdays and weekends. So, if you’re looking for some quiet time, it’s a good idea to pop in during the afternoon or early evening. Caffe Neo offers free unlimited Wi-fi to all patrons indulging in something from their delicious menu. While surfing the Web and tucking into contemporary Greek cuisine, customers can relax on the balcony and enjoy beautiful views of the Mouille Point promenade and sparkling Atlantic Ocean beyond.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7am – 7pm
129 Beach Road | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 0849