Downtown Syracuse Coffee Shop Internet Review

by John Ganotis

I'll often work from coffee shops for a change of scenery. My work requires a good Internet connection, and I’ve noticed how much that can vary from one place to the next. Here’s a quick roundup of Internet connection quality at different local coffee shops and other fun places to work around Syracuse, NY.

Cafe Kubal at Creekwalk Commons

324 W. Water St.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/3)

This has one of the fastest, reliable coffee shop connections I’ve found in Syracuse. They have NewVisions fiber, so any connection issues are probably with whatever they’re using for wireless access points.

Original Grain

302 S. Salina St.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/3)

This isn’t really a coffee shop, but they have coffee there, and it’s a bright environment with plants and stuff. They have NewVisions fiber going right into the wireless access point under the front counter, which has always provided me with an extremely fast and reliable connection. As long as it's not too crowded this can be a great place to work.

Cafe Kubal Downtown Cafe

401 S. Salina St.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ (2/3)

The Internet here is mediocre. They have Spectrum (Time Warner), so it’s not great, but it’s not as bad as the places with DSL. It’s a pretty solid work spot, but they could do better by switching to another provider.

Funk 'N Waffles

307-313 S. Clinton St.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ (2/3)

There's lots of room to work here, and depending on when you go there may be live music (I recommend Jazz Jam every Sunday from 3–5pm). The Internet connection quality is all over the place, though. I'm not sure if the Spectrum (Time Warner) connection is to blame for all the quality issues, or if it's their networking equipment too. I've been there a few times when it's not working at all, so this is a borderline 1-Star.

Recess Coffee Downtown

110 Montgomery Street, Suite 103

Rating: ⭐️ (1/3)

This place has lots of nice seating and a cool view of City Hall where you can watch people try to parallel park so they can pay parking tickets. If you need fast and reliable Internet, though, go somewhere else. They have Verizon DSL, and it feels like dial-up.

The Sweet Praxis

203 E. Water St.

Rating: ⭐️ (1/3)

This is more of a bakery, and has great interior design and coffee. It’s a fun environment to work, but the Internet is terrible. You’re probably better off using a hotspot on your phone if you want to get work done there. They have Verizon DSL, even though they’re right across the street from the State Tower building (where the Internet comes into the city), so I’m guessing they could get a different ISP and just haven’t yet.

Where should I go test the Internet connection next? Contact me here.