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Where to Find Free WiFi Around Toronto

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Everyone's found themselves between appointments with some time to kill and the absolutely urgent need to check Facebook. If you're on a limited data plan, though, all those status updates and Instagram uploads can suck up your data allowance faster than a Dyson. Why not surf on someone else's (freely-given) nickel? All Toronto Public Library locations have free WiFi; so do Yonge-Dundas Square, St. Lawrence Market, Dufferin Grove Park, and Harbourfront Centre. The TTC launched free WiFi at two subway stations last year, too (St. George and Bloor-Yonge). There's also Wireless Toronto, a not-for-profit group that's bringing free WiFi to public spaces around the city; here's the link to a list of their community hotspots.

Here's a map showing just a few of the many handy free-wifi spots around town. Know any other good ones? Why not share in the comments?


· New York has free Wi-Fi hotspots, so Why is Toronto Lagging Behind? [Canada.com]
· Push to Bring Free WiFi to Toronto is on [Toronto Star]

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1. Aroma Espresso Bar

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500 Bloor St. W, Toronto
ON M5S 1Y3, Canada
(416) 536-7750

A chain, but one with pretty good coffee and food.

2. Balzac's Coffee

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43 Hanna Ave, Toronto
ON M6K 1X1, Canada
(416) 534-7372
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In the Distillery District. Two storeys, cool building, tables on the cobblestones in nice weather.

3. Beachside Grill

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1922 Queen St. E, Toronto
ON M4L 1H5, Canada
(416) 686-7153
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Famous (in the Beaches, anyway) for all-day breakfasts and friendly service.

4. Coffee Culture Cafe

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409 College St., Toronto
ON, Canada
(416) 868-9078
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Lots of electrical outlets - even outside! Have a coffee and recharge your spiritual and electrical batteries.

5. Crema Coffee Co.

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3079 Dundas St. W, Toronto
ON M6P 1Z9, Canada
(416) 767-3131
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Three locations around the city: 3079 Dundas West, 53 Bloor Street East, and 508 Danforth Avenue.

6. Dark Horse Espresso Bar

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682 Queen St. E, Toronto
ON M4M 1G9, Canada
(647) 436-3460
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Four locations; Riverside, Chinatown, Queen West, John Street.

7. Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens

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60 Carlton St., Toronto
ON M5B 1L1, Canada

Clean washrooms, some decent table-seating areas, and a handy LCBO outlet.

8. F'Coffee

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641 Queen St. E, Toronto
ON M4M 1G4, Canada
(416) 463-0500
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Awesome name, plus right next door to the best shortbread in Canada.

9. The Foggy Dew

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803 King St. W, Toronto
ON M5V 1N4, Canada
(416) 703-4042
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Have a Guinness while you check your email.

10. Artscape Youngplace

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180 Shaw St, Toronto
ON, Canada

Cool new arts hub in Trinity Bellwoods. Free wifi in the cafe.

11. Flying Pony

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1481 Gerrard St. East, Toronto
ON M4L 2A1, Canada

Gallery and cafe in Little India. Amazing paint job outside, amazing art inside. Fine coffee and tasty baked goods.

12. Dufferin Grove Park

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875 Dufferin St, Toronto
ON M6H, Canada

This amazing park has woodburning ovens; bake bread while you surf the web.

13. Harbourfront Centre

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235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
ON M5J 2G8, Canada
(416) 973-4000
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Go skating, then go surfing; Harbourfront's York Quay Centre has free wifi via Wireless Toronto.

14. Yonge-Dundas Square

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1 Dundas St E, Toronto
ON M5B 2R8, Canada
(416) 979-9960
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Right at the crossroads of the city, this wide-open plaza isn't the most private place on the list, but it's one of the best for people-watching.

15. St. Lawrence Market (South Building)

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93 Front St E, Toronto
ON M5E 1C3, Canada
(416) 392-7120
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Pick up some fresh fish, stinky cheese, Montreal-style bagels or artisanal mustard, then instantly rate them all on Yelp.

1. Aroma Espresso Bar

500 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3, Canada

A chain, but one with pretty good coffee and food.

500 Bloor St. W, Toronto
ON M5S 1Y3, Canada

2. Balzac's Coffee

43 Hanna Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 1X1, Canada

In the Distillery District. Two storeys, cool building, tables on the cobblestones in nice weather.

43 Hanna Ave, Toronto
ON M6K 1X1, Canada

3. Beachside Grill

1922 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H5, Canada

Famous (in the Beaches, anyway) for all-day breakfasts and friendly service.

1922 Queen St. E, Toronto
ON M4L 1H5, Canada

4. Coffee Culture Cafe

409 College St., Toronto, ON, Canada

Lots of electrical outlets - even outside! Have a coffee and recharge your spiritual and electrical batteries.

409 College St., Toronto
ON, Canada

5. Crema Coffee Co.

3079 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z9, Canada

Three locations around the city: 3079 Dundas West, 53 Bloor Street East, and 508 Danforth Avenue.

3079 Dundas St. W, Toronto
ON M6P 1Z9, Canada

6. Dark Horse Espresso Bar

682 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON M4M 1G9, Canada

Four locations; Riverside, Chinatown, Queen West, John Street.

682 Queen St. E, Toronto
ON M4M 1G9, Canada

7. Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens

60 Carlton St., Toronto, ON M5B 1L1, Canada

Clean washrooms, some decent table-seating areas, and a handy LCBO outlet.

60 Carlton St., Toronto
ON M5B 1L1, Canada

8. F'Coffee

641 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON M4M 1G4, Canada

Awesome name, plus right next door to the best shortbread in Canada.

641 Queen St. E, Toronto
ON M4M 1G4, Canada

9. The Foggy Dew

803 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1N4, Canada

Have a Guinness while you check your email.

803 King St. W, Toronto
ON M5V 1N4, Canada

10. Artscape Youngplace

180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON, Canada

Cool new arts hub in Trinity Bellwoods. Free wifi in the cafe.

180 Shaw St, Toronto
ON, Canada

11. Flying Pony

1481 Gerrard St. East, Toronto, ON M4L 2A1, Canada

Gallery and cafe in Little India. Amazing paint job outside, amazing art inside. Fine coffee and tasty baked goods.

1481 Gerrard St. East, Toronto
ON M4L 2A1, Canada

12. Dufferin Grove Park

875 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6H, Canada

This amazing park has woodburning ovens; bake bread while you surf the web.

875 Dufferin St, Toronto
ON M6H, Canada

13. Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada

Go skating, then go surfing; Harbourfront's York Quay Centre has free wifi via Wireless Toronto.

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
ON M5J 2G8, Canada

14. Yonge-Dundas Square

1 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 2R8, Canada

Right at the crossroads of the city, this wide-open plaza isn't the most private place on the list, but it's one of the best for people-watching.

1 Dundas St E, Toronto
ON M5B 2R8, Canada

15. St. Lawrence Market (South Building)

93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada

Pick up some fresh fish, stinky cheese, Montreal-style bagels or artisanal mustard, then instantly rate them all on Yelp.

93 Front St E, Toronto
ON M5E 1C3, Canada