Perth is an excellent city for free wireless internet with a plethora of locations available for those of us who want to get online via a laptop while drinking a coffee or having a beer after work. Whether you live in Perth or are just visiting there, this list of popular local public hotspots and privately owned cafes offering free Wi-Fi will help you to quench your internet thirst as well as your caffeine fix.

Caffissimo, Mt Lawley - Beaufort Street

This popular coffee franchise is also located in Perth’s CBD, East Perth, Claisbrook Cove, as well as across other suburbs in the Perth area. Mt Lawley Caffissimo’s free Wi-Fi service is an unsecured network, but your best bet is to inquire about how to connect when you buy a soy chai latte or cappuccino. This is a great place to sit in the sun and research about Perth’s activities, or just check your email.

Soto Espresso Café, Mt Lawley - Beaufort Street

A stylish option for people on the move, the Soto Café has two separate areas, one of which offers tasty outdoor meals. If you’re a local out walking the dog Soto is perfect for having an outdoor espresso with your mutt sitting comfortably at your feet. Just ask reception about how to access the free Wi-Fi. How are you going to carry a laptop and walk your dog simultaneously? Better bring your iPhone or iPad.

Exomod Café, Mt Lawley - Beaufort Street

Another favourite situated along the popular Beaufort Street café strip, you’ll find a friendly eclectic mix of students, travellers, and locals sipping lattes whilst surfing the web. Exomod is perfect for night owls or backpackers who need to contact family in the Northern hemisphere, because it is open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Jugs of water are free to sip from in between caffeine ‘injections’.

*Also check out the Pony Club, Mt Lawley - Beaufort Street.

Free Wi-Fi in Perth's Resources Quarter

ResourcesNet launched back in June 2007 by major mining companies in order to supply everyone in the region with free Wi-Fi. Although this was probably meant to help the huge number of mining executives who fly in and out of Perth, it has proven to be a boon for locals, students, shoppers and travellers alike, who wish to access the internet for free in the Western End of the CBD.

This service is always available, no matter what time or day of the week. However, this is a public service, so users need to be responsible about the material they access on the web. Here are some of the free Wi-Fi hotspots you can access in the area:

Plazas and Gardens with Seating: Central Park Plaza, Florence Hummerston Park, St Georges Terrace, Forrest Centre, Gardens behind 225 St Georges Terrace, Newman House Plaza, QV1 Plaza and Woodside Plaza.

Street Seating: You can sit on benches or wall seating at St Georges Terrace, Murray Street, Hay Street, as well as some smaller side streets.

St Georges Terrace: Aroma Café, Boost Juice Bar, Cino To Go, Chifley Hotel, Croissant Express, Reveley’s Café, Rigby’s, Schmear Café, plus Grind Espresso Bar in the Trinity Arcade between St Georges Terrace and Hay St.

Woodside Plaza: Coffee Pump, Just Eat, Verve Restaurant and Yen Do.

QV1 Plaza: Bar One, Cino To Go, Croissant Express, Matsuri Japanese Restaurant, Mr Bird’s MYO, NYC Pizza and The Kebab Company.

Milligan Street: May’s Fine Indian, Cuisine and Melbourne Hotel.

Mill Street: Adelphi Steakhouse, Mill Street Café and Paddy’s Bar.

Hay Street: Aroma Café, Barre Café, Box Deli, City Provisions, Dome Café, Han’s Café, Java Juice, Rydges CBD Café, Saigon Pastry House, Seven88 Café and Stay Healthy Food Centre.

Newman House Arcade: Aroma Café, Cloisters To Go, Express Food and Drinks, Primo Café and Rolls Choice Continental Café.

Shafto Lane: Bocca Café-Pizzeria, Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub, Organica Good Food, Taka Japanese Cuisine, Seoul Korean BBQ Café and Shima Japanese Restaurant.

Central Arcade: Kebabzzbar, Miss Maud, Nandos, Pastarazzi, Ruby’s Thai, Teriyaki Express and Vietnamese/Thai Chop Chop.

King Street: Belgian Beer Café, Cino To Go, City Greens, Etro Café, King Street 44 Bistro, King Street Food and Wine and Sushi Japanese Food Asaki.

Murray Street: Bin 305 Café-Restaurant, City Kebabs, iBistro, Secret Garden, Tiger, Tiger Coffee Bar, plus Infusion Coffee and Tea in the Plaza Arcade between Hay and Murray Streets.

Central Park Hay Street Precinct: Caffissimo, Croissant Express, Ecucina, Jesters, Mr Bird’s MYO and Nagoya Sushi.

City of Swan libraries

Access free Wi-Fi even when you aren’t a member of the library via the Wired2Swan service. Wi-Fi enabled libraries include: Altone Park, Ballajura, Bullsbrook, Ellenbrook, Guildford and Midland.

Perth is a great place for free Wi-Fi, whether you are travelling from abroad and need to search for accommodation, are a student who needs to research an assignment, or a local looking for the best shopping deals in your vicinity. Whichever way you look at it, sipping a coffee, having a meal, and accessing free internet, all while sitting in the glorious Perth sunshine, has to sound like a great combination.