A freelance writer, sharing all my new discoveries with the world.
Published November 1st 2011
1) Federation Square, CBD
Federation Square is full of bars, cafes and restaurants as well as outdoor seating areas perfect for enjoying city sights, a hot cup of coffee and a nice meal whilst surfing the web. Wi-Fi is free for everyone throughout the whole square and doesn't even require a purchase. For sights of the Yarra River whilst you work, try the Riverland Bar located at Federation Wharf. For a coffee or meal try Time Out, which has indoor and outdoor seating areas, or to soak up the hustle and bustle of the city try the steps on the corner of Flinders Street and St Kilda Road, which is also a popular place for street performers providing entertainment.
Spencer Street Fashion Station is located outside Southern Cross Railway Station and boasts a number of clothing, shoes, homewear and jewellery shops, as well as a food court with a variety of cuisines to choose from. Cafe Caldera can be found inside the fashion station and is a friendly place to stop by for a bite to eat or a hot drink. The cafe has a delicious range of meals, desserts and snacks, as well as alcohol, tea, coffee and freshly made smoothies, so it's worth visiting for a meal whilst you make use of the free Wi-Fi.
3) State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street The State Library of Victoria is a beautiful building full of history and culture. The library is often full of students and members of the public looking for a quiet place to study, relax with a good book or to make use of the Arts Reading Room to listen to music or watch classic films. There is free wireless throughout the library, but to get a good spot I'd suggest getting there early because it gets very busy. The library also has an on-site cafe called Mr Tulk, which serves light meals such as toast, omelettes, baguettes, soups, salads and desserts. For more information on visiting the library go t www.slv.vic.gov.au/
4) Royal Domain Cafe, 360 St Kilda Road
This cafe serves authentic Italian coffee as well as delicious meals and snacks. Conveniently located on St Kilda Road, it's a handy place to visit with your laptop and enjoy a hot drink whilst you work. The cafe is a relatively quiet spot ideal for working, except during breakfast and lunch when many local workers all visit for a coffee and meal.
5) Starbucks, Everywhere Starbucks is not the most cost effective option for Wi-Fi, but no matter where you are in the city you are never too far from one, making it a reliable and easy option. Users have to log in to www.tomizone.com whilst in a Starbucks and pay for hourly or daily usage.
If you know any more cheap or free Wi-Fi options in Melbourne please share your suggestions.
1000 Pound Bend, Auction Rooms, Rue Bebelons are all cafes in/near the city with free internet if you buy a drink or food. Starbucks is not a good spot for wi-fi let alone a top spot. You can do better with your recommendations :)