Wi-Fi Hotspots in Malta

10 December 2013

I was asked a curious question today. An American friend quizzed me on where to source free Wi-Fi hotspots in Malta as his most common provider back in the States (Starbucks) doesn't exist here in Malta. After composing myself (it is slightly naive to think only giant corporate companies offer free access to the World Wide Web), I educated my friend in a few of my favourite places to go to log on. 
Malta is notorious for having a strong IT industry with many companies established on the island so it doesn’t really come as a shock to find Malta has a good selection of free Wi-Fi hotspots. Public places such as the Airport, Mater Dai Hospital, University or public piazzas in Valletta, Sliema and St Julian’s all offer a filtered Wi-Fi service and offer the opportunity to check a few emails or log onto social media. The MCA provide a map of all the free Wi-Fi spots in Malta & Gozo. See the free wifi map here

But what if you want to meet clients in a venue that won’t harbour any distractions? What if you want a few hours with your laptop or tablet, a good coffee and a nice view? Fortunately there are quite a few options. So if you’re visiting Malta on business, or like me, not confined to working in an office and feel like a change of environment, the venues mentioned below are definitely worth checking out. All these places serve food and drink and it’s only polite to purchase something from there if you are going to make yourself comfortable and log in, however you will probably want a drink at some point anyway and in most meetings someone always has an espresso.

A majority of the hotel lobby’s in Malta offer Wi-Fi access although most expect you to buy a voucher, but are ideal for working in a calm, cool, distraction free environment. Many coffee shops in the major towns all round Malta also offer free Wi-Fi to their customers. Here are the Wi-Fi spots in which I’m a regular:
  • Charles Grech Cafeteria in Republic Street Valletta. It’s an historic location on the main thoroughfare offering sumptuous meals and free Wi-Fi.
  • Café Juliani, located in St Julian’s is a light and airy café and has very comfortable chairs and pretty good coffee. Set in a very relaxing environment this place is ideal if you need to log on for an hour or so.
  • Irrera Restaurant in Ta’ Xbiex offer amazing views across Marsamxett harbour to Floriana and Valletta. Perfect for a light lunch and a good session online and the staff are typically very friendly.
  • Jalie’s Coffee, Cakes & Bakes in Attard is situated right next to the village church. It is a very quiet and friendly café and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Their tables are at a good height for typing and they too also know how to make a good cup of coffee and a fine piece of cake.
  • Forgot your laptop? Pop into Dr juice in St Julian’s and they offer their customers free access not only to the internet but to a suite of Apple Macs so anyone can log in, have a healthy shake and get online. 

Most places offer Wi-Fi to their customers and although many are initially locked to the public do not be scared to ask a member of staff for the passcode. One last piece of advice is always make sure your device is fully charged before you head out. Although these places all guarantee access to the internet they do not all offer charging points. Time to upload this article and pay for my coffee this morning.

Author: Adam Claffey

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