Cafes with free WIFI

A necessity in homes, workplaces and public spaces – but wifi connections in cafés, bars and restaurants can feel few and far between.

A woman working in a cafe.

We've hunted out the handful of Christchurch establishments which have added the service to their menus.

Dumplings in a pan.

The Little High Eatery

255 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

Take your pick from the smorgasbord of work, study or web-surfing snacks on offer at the coolest inner city food court. Park up at a booth, table or bar seat in the busy hub that’s open nearly all day and night with indoor and outdoor seating aplenty.

Little High is all about options for its customers, and internet connection is no different – it’s available through Little High’s own portal and one provided by the Christchurch City Council. Home to the famous Bacon Bros, Eightgrains dumplings, Sushi Soldier and others – Little High is always busy, which adds an important side serve of people watching to any visit.

A customer being served.

The Origin

95 Westminster Street Corner of Cranford Street &, Westminster Street, Saint Albans, Christchurch

This St Albans café has more than an admirable vegan menu, specialty teas and coffees: it also has unlimited wifi. Bringing pristine interiors, a tranquil vibe and deliciously eclectic menu to the neighbourhood, The Origin is a great place to escape busy-to-the-brim city haunts. Immaculate, fresh interiors in whites and light wood, The Origin has a Scandinavian feel ideal for decluttering your mind before you sit down for a spell online.

The sleek and sophisticated fitout is complimented by an interesting animal product-free menu and cabinet offerings, as well as micro-roasted coffee and a selection of nut mylks and specialty teas.

People sitting at tall leaners.

Grain

19 Southwark Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

Being co-located with several businesses makes Grain the perfect spot for catching up with work or surfing the net. The good Grain folk offer simple food done well, top notch coffee (and coffee alternatives), along with friendly service and a welcoming vibe. Let the light and bright interior boost your productivity, and enjoy the casual hustle and bustle of this great location. 

Exterior courtyard view.

Welles Street

44 Welles Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

Once again proving its versatility, this new bar on the block is an ideal venue to park up for a work, study or web-surfing session. The huge interior makes it easy to find a quiet spot, and the diverse menu covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Feel connected to more than the internet with outdoor seating in the sheltered courtyard, or head inside to one of the bar leaners or large tables.

Whether it’s barista coffee, craft beer or wine in your glass, it will always feel half full at Welles St.

Outside view of bright blue Switch cafe with umbrellas.

Switch New Brighton

7/78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton, Christchurch

For those wanting a casual, friendly cafe haunt that's close to the beach, Switch New Brighton is your next port of call. Laid back, with plenty of seating options (from comfy couches to bar stool perches), Switch has a lot to offer. Kick back with a plate of killer French Toast, grab some caffeine to fuel your creativity, and maybe book yourself in for a beach walk break. Nothing says work-life balance like the sand in your toes and a coffee in your hand. 

Entrance to Little Poms, Christchurch.

Little Poms

294 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

With it's humming cafe vibe and efficient service, Little Pom's is a natural fit for those wanting free wifi with the true cafe buzz to back it up. Conventiently located near the city centre, with plenty of parking and easy bike access, Little Pom's should be a regular haunt for remote workers. You'll have no problem grabbing a great corner here to boot up the laptop. If the work day runs over, just pick up and relocate to Pomeroys right next door for a craft beer to finish the day. 

People having coffee at wooden tables under double happy sign.

Coffee Supreme

10 Welles Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

Natural light boosts productivity, and Coffee Supreme has plenty of that. They also have fresh pastries, great coffee and are smack bang in the centre of town. In summer, there's a great courtyard available to catch some rays while you work - you may even strike a sunny day in the cooler months. Pull out the laptop, hook up to the free wifi and enjoy a location with all the convenience of a stylish office. 

Waffles with bacon at Black Betty, Christchurch.

Black Betty

165 Madras Street, Christchurch

If you're a student at nearby Ara, there's a good chance you've popped into Black Betty for a pick-me-up between classes. But this industrial, rugged cafe is also a great spot to park up for that study period, making the most of the free wifi and great beats. Black Betty turns out quick coffee, with a great loyalty card system, and has a cabinet stocked up with easy, affordable eats. 

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