Café Faborit – Wifi Internet Access in Madrid

Travel tips

by Niels Klok

Café Faborit caters to the people who respond to the Spanish adage of staying at home as little as possible, yet are too attached to their portátil (laptop) to use any other computer. The “Wifi” is easy to access, there are sockets to plug your dear friend into so as not to be dependent on a battery, and there is no time limit on the usage of the connection – a relief after the 45 minutes per overpriced consumption at Giangrossi (C/ Alberto Aguilera).

As to coffee: Faborit may not win any awards, but is certainly a great many notches above that ubiquitous American chain that shall not be named – and prices are fair (one euro sixty for a cappuccino). In addition, there are sandwiches, salads and a range of pastries to satisfy your other needs. (It is a non-smoking area, though…)

Metro: Sevilla. Calle Alcalá, 21 (Other branches at Alcalá, 165, and Paseo del Prado, 24). See map below:

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Comment from Katie
Date: October 10, 2007, 8:13 pm

And it’s free if you’re consuming something there?

You can get totally free WiFi (thanks to the Ayuntamiento) in the Plaza de Santo Domingo, which is near Callao, Sol and Opera. The only hitch is that there’s practically no shade in the newly renovated plaza!

Comment from Graeme
Date: October 10, 2007, 8:13 pm

Don’t forget that the recently reformed square of Santo Domingo (where the carpark used to be) is now the only square in the city that has free wifi access to Internet. Haven’t tried it yet but I saw a photo in the paper the other day of happy laptoppers sitting in the open air.

Comment from graeme
Date: October 11, 2007, 8:05 am

The next Notes From Madrid challenge will be to get 3 people making the same comment at exactly the same time! Spooky.

Comment from ben
Date: October 11, 2007, 10:46 am

Very very spooky indeed! 8:13 exactly!

Comment from Dean Hunt
Date: October 21, 2007, 3:02 pm

Nice recommendation.

Has anyone heard of people having issues with carrying a laptop around the city? I mean in terms of theft.


Comment from ben
Date: October 22, 2007, 4:51 pm

Not yet, but no doubt there are lots of people out there after laptops! I’m not sure I would sit outside in some of Madrid’s plaza’s with mine…

Comment from Kathryn
Date: October 29, 2007, 8:57 pm

Faborit at Sevilla only offers free wireless after 4!