Where to find free Wi-Fi in Central Florida

Whether for business or pleasure, Central Florida has a number of places where you can bring your laptop,


or BlackBerry and settle down for some Web surfing. What are you waiting for? Order something, grab a seat and get started.

This list is not intended to be comprehensive, so if you know of other places or have a favorite spot, please share by posting a comment below.

Stardust Video & Coffee. 1842 E. Winter Park Road, Winter Park. 407-623-3393.


This comfortable neighborhood hangout started as primarily a movie-rental spot but has morphed into much more. The coffee is some of the best around, and there are bagels, croissants and baked goods. If you're in the mood for a meal, sandwiches and salads are an option. There's a good beer selection, and a bar was recently added if other types of alcohol are more your speed. Art and occasional performances are part of the mix, too.

Winter Park's business district.


If you're exhausted after spending a lot of money on Park Avenue -- or just window-shopping -- Winter Park has got you covered. Just pull up a bench and you're good to go. The coverage area extends to much of the city, but there is a two-hour limit, unless you're a

Bright House


Orlando International Airport.


OK, so you're not going to head over here and plop down unless you're traveling. But if you are, the free Wi-Fi is a nice perk and helps pass the time while you wait. And wait some more.

Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando. 407-362-1864.


Organic, vegetarian, good-for-you food -- and an expansive tea selection. A relaxed, community-oriented hangout with a devoted following.

Virgin Olive Market, 807 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. 407-601-7848.


This welcome new addition on the northern edge of downtown Orlando used to be tucked away in an industrial area of Winter Park. Creative and tasty sandwiches, salads and soups. Daily specials. Takeout, delivery and catering are available.

Barnes & Noble, 2418 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. 407-894-6024. (Other Central Florida locations, too.)


Yes, it's a big chain. But there are lots of tables and room to spread out. It serves


coffee, which some consider a plus and others might not. Pastries and light meals are available if hunger strikes.

Austin Coffee & Film, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. 407-975-3364.


Coffee, dessert, salads and sandwiches. Open-mike nights, poetry and live music. Seating is a bit limited, but there's a small patio if it's crowded inside.

903 Mills Market, 903 S. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-898-4392.


This little hangout tucked in the Lake Davis neighborhood serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers relaxed outdoor seating. Beer and wine are available, and it's got some basic groceries, too.

Downtown Orlando.


If you're downtown and outside -- say,

Lake Eola Park

-- and just have to get online, you're in luck. The coverage area runs roughly north to Brookhaven Drive, south to Gore Street, east to Summerlin Avenue and west to Westmoreland Drive.

Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. 407-999-5255.


If tea is your thing, check out this spot in the College Park neighborhood. Salads, sandwiches and soup. Plus art, music and catering. If the weather is pleasant, grab a seat outside and watch the world go by.

Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park. 407-673-8788. (Other Central Florida locations, too.)


Part grocery store, part gourmet market. Visit the deli for prepared entrees and sides and a large salad and hot-foods bar -- it's all good, and most of it's good for you. Coffee and smoothies, too.

Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave, Orlando. 407-893-4994.


All the usual coffee drinks, plus tea and smoothies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, and vegetarians will be comfortable here. Art, movies, comedy and board games will keep you entertained.

Panera Bread, 227 N. Eola Drive, Orlando. 407-481-1060. (Other Central Florida locations, too.)


This bustling downtown lunch spot has lots of menu options, ample seating and views of

Lake Eola

, which is just across the street. There's also a covered patio, so you can enjoy the outdoors even if it's hot or rainy.

Krystal, Chick-fil-A, Subway.

If you're jonesing for the Web along with your burger, sub or chicken, many locations of these fast-food chains offer free wireless access. Some


franchise locations do, too.

Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave., Orlando. 407-872-1117.


You can get a little work done or check the latest sports scores while enjoying a beer or two at this local brewery near Orlando Regional Medical Center. Free tours also are available.

Orange County Library System.


The Orlando Public Library downtown and all 14 branch libraries offer free Wi-Fi. So the next time you're checking out a book or DVD, settle in for a little Web-surfing, too. or 407-420-5421.