Being so built-up and packed to the rafters with IT companies, it’s hardly surprising that Malta has a good selection of free Wi-Fi hotspots. You can easily connect at the airport, at any MacDonalds restaurant, and in one or two public piazzas in Valletta, for instance.
However, if you need to meet clients in a venue that is conducive to working without distractions, and especially if you work from home yourself, or are just visiting Malta on business, the venues below are well worth checking out. All of them serve food and drink, so you’ll need to buy at least a coffee, but most people would want a coffee or other drink in a meeting anyway, so I don’t think that stops me calling them free.
Note: as far as I can tell, none of them have power sockets available to customers, so charge your laptop before you go.
Attard, next to the village church
My personal favourite. A quiet, friendly café with decent coffee and tables that, although small, are a good height to type at. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Cons: could be tricky to get to depending on where you’re based.
St Julians, in the Hotel Juliani (just up from the police station)
Light, airy café bar on the ground floor of the hotel. Comfy chairs, relaxing surroundings, great coffee.
Cons: chair and table design means your laptop will be on your lap.
Ta’ Xbiex, on the waterfront (next to the excellent Guzé Restaurant)
Large diner with indoor and outdoor seating (with umbrellas for shade) and an amazing view across Marsamxett harbour to Valletta and Floriana.
Cons: service can be very slow.
Valletta, just below the Upper Barrakka Gardens
Basic open air café with stunning views across Valletta’s Grand Harbour. Usually plenty of seats available. Ask a member of staff for a free access code.
Cons: feels quite “cheap and cheerful” which may not be the atmosphere you want.
Valletta (St Lucia Street) and Gzira (The Strand) in Malta and Victoria (Independence Square) in Gozo
Cozy, “pub” style café/restaurants with fascinating decor. You need to ask a member of staff for a free access code.
Cons: tables close together and can feel claustrophobic.
Please note: I am not affiliated in any way with these venues.