Best Wi-Fi cafes in Singapore
Whether you need to send an urgent email or you’re Facebook stalking your ex, sometimes Internet access is critical.
But not everyone has a smartphone and sometimes you don’t want to sit in McDonald's or Starbucks jostling with the school kids.
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Here are some cool spots around Singapore where you can surf to your heart’s content.
Jones the Grocer
Foodies have long known that Jones The Grocer is a haven for those who love to eat.
With the walk-in fromagerie, well-stocked deli and shop boutique, almost everything to satisfy your palate is here.
This is a great place to sit with a pastry, relax and get creative with your computer.
The Dempsey store has four power outlets dedicated to customer use. Unfortunately the Mandarin Gallery branch doesn’t have any so you’ll have to be a bit more organized, but if it’s a real emergency, they assure us they can arrange something.
Both stores are often buzzing with customers, so while its not a super quiet place to work, the vibe is welcoming and not one where you feel hurried to move.
#21-23, Level 4 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, +65 68366372; Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, +65 6476 1512; www.jonesthegrocer.com
Area: Robertson Quay
Singapore’s coffee aficionados have been waiting with bated breath for Sydney’s famous espresso brand to arrive.
This year has seen Toby’s Estate opting for international expansion by opening in New York and, ahem, Singapore.
The cafe is open seven days a week, even on public holidays and -- happily for early risers -- doors open at 7.30 a.m.
Another stand-out fact: not only is there free wireless for customers, there are even two power points outside (plus three inside) so you can clear your inbox in the fresh air and recharge your computer and your mental batteries before you hit the office.
#01-03/04 8 Rodyk St., +65 6636 7629; www.tobysestate.com.sg
Vanilla Bar & Café
From coffee hole-in-the-wall during the day to a laidback bar at night, Vanilla Bar & Cafe is a welcome getaway hidden away in a small nook just off Chinatown.
An easy walk from Raffles Place or Tanjong Pagar, it’s an intimate space perfect for sending private emails or holding small meetings.
Host clients over a hot cooked breakfast meeting or hold your Friday afternoon debriefings over some beers with the free Wi-Fi access.
An outdoor courtyard setting is also available if you need fresh air.
#01-01 3 Boon Tat St., +65 6423 0366; www.vanillacafe.com.sg
With a Pinch of Salt by Kyra
Area: The East
This very cute café has an atmosphere as whimsical as its name.
An excellent spot for spending time supping on their casual menu of Asian and Western dishes, and checking out what’s online.
The candy-striped walls and fun, brightly colored decor make this a perfect place to Internet shop away from home.
And with three power points available for customers to use, you don’t have to worry about going powerless.
297 Tanjong Katong Road, +65 6348 2297; www.withapinchofsalt.com.sg
Area: The West
Whether you sit at the communal table, on the comfy couches or at a private table, Jimmy Monkey serves up a full menu and excellent coffee to accompany your spreadsheets or surfing session.
For those stuck out at the sterile wasteland that is the Opolises, this café run by a real life Melbournian has been a savior.
They serve real espresso from the Slayer machine with beans roasted on site, very reasonably priced café meals and they’re even kid-friendly.
There are 12 power points for you to use so you can plug in your iPad to entertain the little ones or hold casual business presentations.
#01-51 One-North Residences, 9 One-North Gateway, +65 6777 8470; www.jimmymonkey.com