I’ve been searching for good wifi spots in Cebu City for almost 2 years now. I compiled a list of cafes with their internet speeds and some comments on the experience. So far, the most comfortable spot to work is at Bintana Cafe. Nice staff. Quick service. Fast(ish) & reliable internet. Comfortable table heights. Nice & quiet. Affordable food. But I’ll keep looking around.
Ayala Mall Cebu
Speedtest on 10/22/2015 at 2:30pm: 0.17Mbps Download Speed / 0.01Mbps Upload Speed
Barako Haus (M. P. Yap St, Cebu City, Cebu)
Password: The router prints out login info (limited to 2 hours)
Speedtest on 11/18/2015 at 10:50am: 3.88Mbps Download Speed / 0.44 Mbps Upload Speed
Notes: Cool ambiance. Free refills on coffee americano if you dine in (too bad I gave up coffee). Table and chair heights are awkward. Can’t get comfortable. Service water is from the tap. Few food options. Kinda pricey for what you get. (I ordered the chorizo spaghetti thing. It was just normal spaghetti to me). No other customers at this time. Opens at 7am. Can’t find any reason to come back here.
Bintana (181-K Elizabeth Pond Street Camputhaw)
Speedtest on 10/28/2015 at 2:30pm: 2.73Mbps Download Speed / 0.4 Upload Speed
Notes: Only one other person at the time of the speedest. Nice ambiance. Food was good quality for the price (I ordered fish & chips). Update on 11/18/2015: still my favorite spot.
Bo’s Coffee (Active Zone Ayala Mall)
SSID: BOs Coffee
Password: (you have to buy something, and they give it to you)
Speedtest on 10/27/2015 at 11:34am: 1.87Mbps Download Speed / 0.08 Upload Speed
Notes: They only let you use it for 2 hours and then the password expires. You have to buy something again if you want to use it longer. Accepts Credit Card.
Bo’s Coffee (Jones Capitol)
SSID: Bo’s Coffee
Password: (you have to buy something, they give it to you, it’s valid for 2 hours)
Speedtest on 11/24/2015 at 3:26PM: 2.15Mbps Download Speed / 0.26Mbps Upload Speed
Notes: Their credit card machine didn’t work. There’s nothing wrong with my card. Usually accepts credit card.
Brown Cup (St. Patrick’s Square across from St. Theresa’s College)
SSID: The Brown Cup
Speedtest on 10/29/2015 at 11:55am: 2.27Mbps Download Speed / 0.32 Mbps Upload Speed
Notes: Parking is limited to 3 hours if you buy P150 worth of stuff. The Brown Cup charges 10P/hour to use their outlets. Food kinda stinks. Table height is not comfortable. No bathrooms inside. This place is just an all-around uncomfortable place to work. At least they accept credit card.
Cafe de France (inside Robinson Mall)
Speedtest on 12/10/2015 at 12:50pm: 2.01 Mbps Download Speed / 0.43 Mbps Upload Speed
Notes: Food quality is kinda bad. Overpriced for what you get. They accept credit card.
Password (on October 26, 2015): k567856789a
Speedtest on 10/26/2015 at 10:00am: 4.91Mbps Download Speed / 0.84Mbps Upload Speed
Notes: I did the speed test a few times while I was there, the speed fluctuates between 2Mbps and 5Mbps. Also, the service is extremely slow, and if you order a sandwich, you only get half.
Coffee Bean $cent (Mango Ave)
Speedtest on 11/3/2015 at 12:00pm: 4.56Mbps Download Speed / 0.56Mbps Upload Speed
Notes: The wireless router must have some firewall that isn’t allowing me to visit sites (like www.tvids.net) or my Adobe Creative Cloud account. Comfortable place. Lots of natural light. No food. Just desserts and drinks. No cheap drinks. P120 is the cheapest drink you can get… and it’s a cup of hot water and a tea bag. Update on 11/18/2015: I came here once at 8pm because I was planning on working as late as I could, and the place it was filled with students. The wifi speed slowed to .5ish.
Coffee Dream (Paseo Arcenas in Banawa)
Password: (they change it every day)
Speedtest on 10/23/2015 at 12:38pm: 1.25Mbps Download Speed / 0.51 Upload Speed
Degree 9 (F. Cabahug St)
SSID: Degree9 Coffee Wifi
Password: No password, you just have to fill out a form with some personal information
Speedtest on 11/2/2015 at 10:12am: 1.49Mbps Download Speed / 0.49 Upload speed
Notes: Ran out of filters for pour over coffee, so I thought I’d try the aeropress instead. The barista discouraged me from getting it because it’s small (quantity over quality… very filipino), so I just got an Americano instead. Beans taste burnt. Wish I got the aeropress coffee at least just to try it out. The table I’m at has an awkward height. There are other tables that look like they have a better height, but I don’t see any electrical outlets near them.
Fujinoya (Wilson St., Apas near St. Therese Parish)
Speedtest on 12/4/2015 at 11:16am: 5.86Mbps Download Speed / 0.36 Mbps Upload Speed
Notes: So far, so good. Looks like there are 11 other people using their laptops in here and the download speed is still good. Comfortable seating. Prices are pretty high. P150 for a mediocre hot chocolate. Accepts credit card. (P200 minimum for credit card.)
Gentlemen’s Cafe (Raintree Mall at Mango Ave)
Password: wintermelon (but it probably changes every day)
Speedtest on 10/28/2015 at 10:00am: 1.97Mbps Download Speed / 0.77 Mbps
Notes: I was the only one in the cafe when I did the speedtest. No food, except for Ramen. No bathrooms inside.
Globe Store (Active Zone Ayala Mall)
SSID: Globe Guest
Password: (No password, but they make you check-in on FB)
Speedtests on 10/27/2015 at 10:34am: 0.74Mbps Download Speed / 0.2Mbps Upload Speed
I did the speedtest a bunch of times, it fluctuated a lot. It got up to 2.5 Mbps download speed, but wasn’t stable. It averaged at about 0.7Mbps.
Juicyfied Health Cafe (Unit 10 TAA Center Building F. Cabahug St. Kasambagan Mabolo Cebu City)
Speedtest on 11/2/2015 at 2:35pm: 4.03Mbps / .99Mbps Upload
Notes: This is my second time here in the afternoon. Empty just like last itme. Very comfortable. Food is kinda pricey (but healthy!), cheapest meal is P175 and portions are tiny.
Mr. Coffee (One Mango Ave)
Password: simplicity (probably changes)
Speedtest on 11/3/2015 at 3:00pm: 0.92Mbps Download Spped / 0.06 Mbps Uplaod Speed
Notes: Awkward table heights. The speedtest timed out a couple times before working. Ordered the chicken sandwich. Didn’t like it. Probably will never come back.
Oppa Cafe (Junquera St. Across for San Carlos Downtown)
Looked cool from the outside. Upon walking in, there was a sign that said, “No Standby, 1 hour limit.” Then I didn’t see anything on the menu for less than P100, so I left. Not possible to work there.
PMG Car Wash (Happy Valley)
Speedtest on 10/22/2015 at 3:30pm: 2.55Mbps Download Speed / 0.67Mbps Upload Speed
Note: Very stable, but you can’t really stay here much longer than it takes for them to wash your vehicle. And obviously, there’s no food or drinks.
Tazza Cafe (Wilson St., Apas, near St. Therese Parish)
Speedtest on 12/7/2015 at 11:20am: 1.57Mbps Download Speed / 0.11 Mbps Upload Speed
Notes: Good atmosphere. Accepts credit card, but P200 minimum.
UCC Coffee (Ayala Terraces)
SSID: UCC Cafe
Speedtest on 12/8/2015 at 12:04pm: 3.55 Mbps Download Speed / 0.43 Mbps Upload Speed
Notes: Super duper expensive. A pandesal with pork inside is P230. I got the cheapest food item on the menu. Cereal and fruit. It was P229. It was about 1/4 cup of oats, 1/2 a banana, 1/8 of an orange, 1/4 of a mango, a couple pieces of cantaloupe, and one of those nasty fake cherries. Also, the internet keeps cutting out. Super annoying. I’ll probably never come back here again.