Best Cafes With Free Wifi in Vancouver

There are great cafes…and there are great cafes “with wifi”. The checklists that determine Vancouver’s best options in each category are different. Top spots in the latter type of coffee shop are determined by available seating, owner tolerance (in regards to using their space as an office), number of electrical outlets, brain food (snacks) and of course, complimentary wifi (because who wants to personal hotspot it all day long?). Here’s a list of Vancouver’s best cafes with wifi.

49th Parallel Roasters Cafe (Main St)

2902 Main St | 604-872-4901 $$ | Coffee Shop

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Where "every coffee is meticulously cupped and carefully evaluated. No exceptions". 49th's Main Street location offers over 40 seats with a range of table sizes, window seating for singles and comfy seats by the fireplace. Curb hunger with house made almond milk, fruit cups and Lucky's Doughnuts.

Archive by Revolver Coffee

325 Cambie St | 604-558-4444 $$ | Coffee Shop

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Archive is Revolver's neighbouring space for customer overflow, which they have a lot of. With big communal tables, window seating, and Arcade Fire playing in the background, this makes for a great work place. But of course, coffee is the highlight here. The Giannakos bros run a simple coffee program, but it's precise, consistent and always using beans from world class roasters.

Bump N Grind (Commercial Drive)

Bump and Grind Cafe Interior

916 Commercial Dr | 604-569-3362 $ | Coffee Shop

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Bump n Grind is all about quality coffee and food. This means the beans (sourced from small roasters) are rotated on a weekly basis to ensure freshness and variety, and all in-house edibles (from sauces to baked goods) are made from scratch. The space isn't huge, but snag a spot and you'll want to stay all day.

Coffeebar (Gastown)

Coffeebar Gastown Interior

10 Water St | 604-566-9693 $$ | Coffee Shop

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Milano (Gastown)

36 Powell St | 604-558-0999 $ | Coffee Shop

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Master Roaster Brian Turko roasts for coffee lovers. He and his family have carried on the legacy of Milano’s artisan tradition that dates back three quarters of a century to the beginnings of Italian espresso. Their extremely rare blending technique, in which 100% Arabica coffee is harmonized into 12-bean blends, sets Milano Coffee apart.

The Last Crumb Cafe

Last Crumb Cafe Interior

3080 Main St | 604-872-0195 $$ | Bakery

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Owned by two food-obsessed sisters, The Last Crumb is all about nostalgic North American baked goods, like scones, cakes, pies and cookies (try the peanut butter!). With such a large space (and a second level), this is ideal ‘temporary office real estate’...if you can restrain from overindulging in the plethora of sugary delicious treats. Drip coffee is Umbria and espresso drinks are made using locally-roasted Rocanini beans.

Lost + Found Cafe

Lost and Found Hastings

33 W Hastings St | 604-559-7444 $ | Restaurant Cafe

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A warehouse-style cafe dedicated to philanthropy, art, travel and homemade cooking. The space is so big (over 2000 sq ft) it's practically impossible to not find a seat. Owners Kane and Salomeh Ryan, a husband and wife team, serve organic Republica coffee, hearty salads, sandwiches and baking made with grandma's bread dough recipe.

Nelson the Seagull

Nelson the Seagull Gastown

315 Carrall St | 604-681-5776 $ | Lunch

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Truly a beloved Vancouver cafe run by South African brother and sister team, Jono and Lee. Their extra-large, eclectic space offers couch seating, antique tables and chairs and a well-worn communal table on which countless ‘Avocado on Toasts’ are consumed each day. Jono bakes sourdough bread in-house daily, which we highly recommend you buy by the loaf, and almond milk is made in-house. Coffee beans of choice: Elysian.

Matchstick (Chinatown)

Matchstick Chinatown Baking

213 E Georgia St | 604-336-0213 $ | Coffee Shop

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One of Vancouver's favourite local coffee roasters with a stunning space and an admirable goal: "to serve the absolute highest quality coffee that they can imagine." It's less of a focus, but I say their in-house baking is as delicious as their hand-crafted, single-origin coffees. As their cafe is often packed, seats can be hard to snag. Visit website

Prado Cafe (Commercial Drive)

1938 Commercial Dr | 604-255-5537 $ | Coffee Shop

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Owned and run by four-time Canadian barista champion, Sammy Piccolo, Prado is a go-to for many discerning coffee drinkers. Here, the dry mass of the freshly ground espresso is weighed, shots are timed and and an extract mojo refractometer is used regularly to ensure espresso shots are perfect. A Fetco brewer is used for drip, which is never over 30 minutes old, and almost all food items served are made daily in-house.

Matchstick (Mount Pleasant)

639 E 15th Ave | 604-558-0639 $ | Coffee Shop

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Despite plenty of seating, Matchstick is so gosh darn popular it can still be difficulty to nab a seat. Its beautiful, well-lit space and house-roasted coffee is worth the gamble, though. Note that wireless chargers will come in handy as electrical sockets aren't abundant here.

The Message Cafe

Musette Caffe Chinatown

75 E Pender St | 604-681-3115 $ | Coffee Shop

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A licensed, bike-friendly coffee bar decorated with the cycling memorabilia of owner Thomas Eleizegui. The menu features quality 49th Parallel espresso, lots of pastries, yogurt & granola, soups, a small European beer list and more.

Milano (Mount Pleasant)

Milano 8th Ave Interior

156 W 8th Ave | 604-879-4468 $ | Coffee Shop

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Vancouver's only espresso tasting bar with eight different blends on tap. Passionate master roaster Brian Turko roasts for coffee lovers. He and his family have carried on the legacy of Milano’s artisan tradition that dates back three quarters of a century to the beginnings of Italian espresso. Their extremely rare blending technique, in which 100% Arabica coffee is harmonized into 12-bean blends, sets Milano Coffee apart.

Kafka's

Kafka Coffee and Tea Interior

2525 Main St | 604-569-2967 $ | Coffee Shop

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Bump N Grind (South Granville)

3010 Granville St | 604-569-3362 $ | Coffee Shop

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This is Bump N Grind's second location where quality coffee and food are a priority. This means the beans (sourced from small roasters) are rotated on a weekly basis to ensure freshness and variety, and all in-house edibles (from sauces to baked goods) are made from scratch. Try a mocha with vegan chocolate sauce or a vanilla latte with Madagascar vanilla bean reduction.

Momento (Great Northern Way)

577 Great Northern Way | 604-736-9900 $$ | Coffee Shop

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The Martin family behind Momento loves coffee. They’re absorbed in all aspects of making it, from sourcing, playing with the grind, exploring brewing methods and developing their techniques. Their typical beans are roasted in Victoria by Bows & Arrows and the Hario pour-over coffee is their preferred method (though a full espresso based menu is available). This is their second location, just off Main Street, finished in 100 year old barn wood and hand made flooring. One of their three community tables is a 10 foot section of a bowling alley.

Greenhorn Espresso Bar

Greenhorn Espresso Bar West End

994 Nicola St | 604-428-2912 $ | Coffee Shop

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A hidden cafe gem in the heart of the West End’s residential area. Since 2014, Greenhorn has been doing justice to Moja coffee, while serving pastries and light meals (sandwiches, a veggie burger and salads) from 8am onwards every day. A small reclaimed wood communal table and two-tops populate the front of the house, while extra seating can be found in the back area, which is home to several classic bikes.

Pallet Coffee

323 Semlin Dr | 604-255-2014 $$ | Cafe / Roastery

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Born in 2014, this industrial-chic roastery cafe is focused on the quality and traceability of their beans. Before adding a new coffee to their line-up, it must pass the taste test through multiple cuppings. Par-baked scones and croissants are finished in-house, light breakfasts are available until 12pm on weekdays and lunch (salads and sandwiches) are served until 2pm.

JJ Bean (Alberni St)

JJ Bean Alberni Interior

1188 Alberni St | 604-254-3724 $$ | Coffee Shop

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This is one of JJ's most central locations with lots of natural light, plenty of seating and, of course, their giant house-made muffins. The coffee-loving Neate family, who sources high quality green coffee and strives to serve the freshest cups possible, has been roasting beans in small batches for decades.

Caffe Artigiano (Main St)

925 Main St | $ | Casual French

One of Artigiano's biggest location with tons of seating, but no wifi. If you can bear to rely on your personal hotspot, the spaciousness of this calm cafe will be appreciated whether you're studying, writing or reading. As usual, coffee here comes from reputable, unique farms around the world.

Propaganda Coffee

Chinatown

209 E Pender St | $$ | Coffee Shop

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Crema

1495 Bellevue Ave | 604-922-2294 $$ | Coffee Shop

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Seating at this spacious West Van hotspot can be scarce, but if you're lucky enough to snag a spot, you'll enjoy a slew of electrical outlets, solid wifi, healthy house-made muffins and great tasting, single-origin coffee from world-class roasters like JJ Bean and Phil & Sebastian.