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The best cafés with free Wi-Fi in Madrid

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Lolina Vintage Café in Madrid. Photo by contemporaneas.
Lolina Vintage Café in Madrid. Photo by contemporaneas.

Madrid offers lots for the budget-conscious traveler: inexpensive restaurants, live music, art, and cultural activities. Don’t forget to add to this list absolutely free Wi-Fi!

In many cafés around town, you’ll find free Wi-Fi connections and in some places you can even plug in your computer. Here are some of my favorite spots to find free Internet in some of Madrid’s most popular neighborhoods.

Malasaña

The neighborhood of Malasaña has plenty of cafes, but the best place to go to spend time on the Internet is definitely Lolina (Calle del Espíritu Santo, 9). Plugged as a “vintage café,” the establishment is filled with 50s-style furnishings and they play a great selection of upbeat tunes. You can spend the entire day here surfing the Internet for free.

On the menu: coffee, beer, wine and a selection of salads, and tostadas. The upstairs tends to get crowded, but there’s also a downstairs. Also a plus, the staff is incredibly friendly.

Lavapiés

Most people head to Lavapiés for all kinds of ethnic foods, especially Middle Eastern cuisine. This neighborhood also boasts  some great little cafes where you can browse the Internet for free.

A favorite is Librería Café La Fugitiva (Calle de Santa Isabel 7). Although from the outside it may look like a bookstore, there are a handful of tables inside and plenty of outlets to hook up the good ol’ computer. You can buy a coffee and a sweet treat to munch while you surf. The shelves are packed with Spanish poetry, essay, film theory, fiction, non fiction, and they even have a children’s  section.

Chueca

Next to tapas bars and restaurants in the boisterous neighborhood of Chueca, you’ll find the trendy Isoleé (Calle de las Infantas, 19). The establishment has a triple identity, offering (according to its Website) “fashion, food, and lifestyle.” The minimalist interior with white chairs and black tables is definitely a hot spot for any well-dressed hipster (especially if you own a Mac).

Moncloa

Bacchus (Calle Donoso Cortes, 58 ) is well-known in Madrid for bringing expats and Spaniards together. It’s an English language bookstore and bar. Besides having language exchange nights and other themed evenings, the establishment offers free Internet. So if you’re longing for computer time and English conversation, it’s a great stop.

Conde Duque

El Café sin Nombre (Conde Duque, 10) is by far one of the quietest, most spacious, and most relaxed places to spend the day on your computer. Six years ago the café didn’t even have a sign out front (perhaps a play on its name, which translates to “café without a name” in English), which could explain why many people don’t know it exists. However, this café is a perfect place if you’re looking for a tranquil atmosphere to get some work done.

More Hotspots: For more info, check out our earlier post on free Wi-Fi hotspots in Madrid.

About the author

Cynthia Kane

About the author: Cynthia Blair Kane is a freelance writer and editor who splits her time between New York and Madrid. She is the Madrid city guide writer for Blackbook Magazine, and recently co authored Take a Hike: The Best 50 Routes in the Community of Madrid.

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2 Responses to “The best cafés with free Wi-Fi in Madrid”

Travelogged says:

Wow, I had no idea that Madrid was so wifi-friendly! When I was in Rome this summer, it was surprisingly difficult to find. No cafes seem to have it, but I did find it in an Irish pub: http://www.travelogged.com/travelogged/2009/07/finding-free-wifi-in-rome-scholars-lounge-to-the-rescue.html

The last time I was in Madrid I had a real problem finding quiet places with free wi-fi, in fact I just gave up. And just got on with enjoying the beauty of the city, instead of wasting my time online…

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