Maria’s Tips and Tricks: 5 Hotspots in Manila for Free Wifi & More!
No, I don’t mean a night out in town. I am referring to wifi in Manila. And it’s free!
Travelling has evolved rapidly because of the gift of the internet. Just imagine yourself lost in the vastness of mainland China, not knowing where to go or what form of transportation to use. Your first instinct would be to ask people for directions. Although that’s not entirely a wrong way to go about it, you would soon find out that English is not really a very popular language there, and communication would be tough. Sounds harsh, doesn’t it?
With the advent of the internet, your aggravation is gone forever. Not only will it provide you with directions in the language you understand, but it will also give you good tips such as approximate fares and landmarks that you need to look out for. And that’s just a tiny bit of what the internet can do for you when you go out essentially anywhere in the globe.
In other words, having an internet connection while you travel is a necessity. This is why you should always take time to ensure you have an internet connection, or better yet, find a place that can offer you that much needed Wi-fi. However, wouldn’t it be more fun if you get to enjoy activities all the while getting that wireless connection? This personal guide of mine will not only point to you the places where you can get Wi-fi for free, but also the goods these places can offer your wanderlust soul. For this first guide, I shall start in a place close to my heart, deeply and truly connected with me. Get yourself ready as I take you to 5 hotspots in Manila!
Coffee Shops in Adriatico Street
Lush with the many universities that is in its proximity, there is no wonder why there are a variety of shops and restaurants that thrive in Adriatico Street. Coffee shops such as the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Figaro, Correon Gate and the local favorite Café Adriatico are hits to students and employees alike for their quality coffee and of course, the free internet access that comes with it.
Enjoy the international aroma and incandescent feel at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Adriatico Branch. If you happen to have a CBTL Privilege Card (of course you do), then you can ask the staff for the Wi-fi password all the while sipping on your beverage. Stores open at 7AM and closes at 4 AM. In front of the world-renowned shop resides the Correon Gate, a coffee shop turned computer cafe that boasts of its 200 MBPS internet speed. The homey feel of the place isn’t necessarily reflective of its blazing internet speed as many gamers frequent it. Hot picks in the shop are their spicy ramen and rice toppings that will surely fill up your tank.
Walking distance from CBTL and Correon Gate is the Figaro Coffee Shop that offers a hybrid of international and local flavors. Relish in the true strength of espresso as they offer you their Macchiato and Americano. If you are feeling a little more locally adventurous then you should try out their renowned Kapeng Barako. Skip a block and you’ll find Café Adriatico residing in its original spot since its establishment 90’s. Aside from its espressos, Café Adriatico serves a full menu of Spanish-Mediterranean dishes and a variety of light options such as salads, sandwiches, omelettes and fondues. Totally instagrammable if you ask me, so make sure to take snap of these munchies and upload it using their free internet!
CCP Complex Roxas Blvd Brgy. 76, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila, Filippinene
If you happen to be in Manila for business or casual stay, then the best option for a comfortable sojourn is the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Located at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, this grandiose building is one of the few 5 star hotels in the archipelago. You don’t only get high speed internet bundled in when you stay, you are in for so much more.
Each Sofitel draws inspiration from local culture and tradition while celebrating innovation and the French art de vivre to offer a one-of-a-kind, luxurious hotel experience. From design details to exhibitions and events, you will soon discover what this hotel can offer, I mean, besides the free Wi-fi. All 609 rooms are exquisitely appointed with the finest luxuries and comforts for a rejuvenating city retreat. If that sounds too much, then you should check out what’s on their menu. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s dining destinations present delectable offerings with a rich selection of cuisines that will bring each guest an excellent gastronomic experience.
This may sound all too fancy and too good to be true, but I’m telling you its not all talk. After a good round up in their dining area called the Spiral, rejuvenate in their flagship spa called Le Spa. Featuring a wide range of poetic treatments ranging from traditional eastern to modern western techniques, Le Spa is home to novelties including the Filipino ancient art of healing – the Hilot Secret.
Remember to Facebook your friends when you get there. Maybe you can ask them to experience the lush in this awesome lodging too!
Natividad Almeda-Lopez corner A. Villegas and San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Filippinene
Built at the heart of the city, the SM City Manila is among the most visited malls in the SM Supermalls mainly because of its proximity to many establishments around the metro. Located at San Marcelino Street in Ermita, it is the usual hangout for many employees after work and students enjoying their breaks. This comes with good reasons, considering the plethora of shops that reside in its 5-storey building. The biggest thing about this mall is that you don’t even have to buy from any shop to get free Wi-Fi. You get to have free internet access for an hour, which is enough if you ask me! But since you are there already, why not talk a stroll to the shops? Maybe you’ll find something that you actually need.
Revel in the convenience of their department store where you can find essentially everything you need. From bags, shoes and clothes to utilities and even travel gear, SM City Manila is your one-stop-shop for necessities. After a good look at their shops, dig in their wide array of food stalls including Filipino favorite Jollibee and Classic Savory that will surely flatter your taste buds. If you are up for some R and R, savor SM’s line of spas and pamper shops at the 5th floor for a worthy price. Likewise, visit the Mall’s 10 cinemas lined up for the next great movie adventure. What are you waiting for? The mall opens at 10 AM and closes at 9 PM. That’s a lot of time for a great shopping experience!
1233 Barlin St. Corner P. Noval, UST Manila Philippines
Standing in the vicinity of one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Sto. Tomas, is a safe haven for its students. The Café-UK Co. in P. Noval is one of the most popular shops in the metro because of its mouthwatering menu composed of pasta, panini, nachos, buffalo wings and ribs, and of course, their trademark coffee. Not only does the shop offer this amazing line of food and munchies, they are actually popular because of their high-speed internet that comes free for every purchase. Yes, you get to enjoy their food and share it with your friends and family using their internet access!
Hot, iced, blended, decaffeinated, or with an extra shot of espresso; whichever means you wish your coffee be prepared, staff at Café-UK have something for your taste buds. And if you’re up for something a little less caffeinated, they also have tea-based drinks and you choose from their wide array of cakes and pastries as well. All their products are patterned to your own liking, so just tell them how you want it and they got you covered. So if you need a place to chill, hit them up at the corner of J. Berlin and P. Noval street. Did I also mention that they embedded iPad units in their café tables too? Still not good enough for you? Drop by anytime you want, they’re open 24/7.
A long day travelling deserves nothing more than a foot massage and a little nail makeover. Nail Spa Lounge at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita is the best place to receive that wonderful gift. Delight in their offerings of stylish nail art, manicure and pedicure, foot massages and body waxing. As you pamper yourself with their brilliant services, tag your friends over social media using their free internet access!
Nail Spa Lounge was created to give you a relaxing atmosphere for your personalized care. They offer a wide range of services to meet all your beauty needs. Their goal is to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after receiving services from their skilled technician. Nothing beats a invigorated traveler sharing his or her travel experience to the world! #FreeWifi #MariasTips&Tricks