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The Best Late Night Cafes in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / November 26, 2014

late night cafes torontoThe best late night cafes in Toronto are a haven for freelancers and social types who prefer their evening libations to be of the caffeinated, but perhaps non-alcoholic, variety. Board game cafés (Snakes and Lattes and For The Win are some examples - more here) are great places for nighttime coffee drinking, but the spiritedness of the gaming precludes café culture of the more erudite or casually social sort. Instead, this is a list of cafes with extended hours so you can keep working, reading and talking with a cup of joe.

Sometimes cocktails and other alcoholic drinks get added to the menu as night falls, while other locations stay true to their coffee shop roots and just keep pumping that caffeine until they close. And if those late coffees keep you up all night, I take no responsibility.

Here are the best late night cafes in Toronto.

See also:

10 bars to read at in Toronto
The top 10 coffee shops that serve booze in Toronto

Tango Palace

Tango Palace

Leslieville's premier coffee location for the last 20 years gained its formidable fan base thanks to their extended hours - that, and their great coffee. They make space for their customers from 7am until 11pm, seven days a week - plenty of time to get that term paper or Tinder date completed. More »

Voodoo Child

Voodoo Child

Part coffee shop, part cocktail bar, Voodoo Child is excellent at being both, thanks to their premier roast coffee, fine cocktails and a substantial brunch menu. On weekdays, they're open until 11pm, while Friday and Saturday nights they extend right until 2am. More »

Boxcar Social

Boxcar Social

Their curated, rotating list of coffee beans calls for longer hours, how else are you to take in all the tasting flights available at Boxcar Social? Sure they mix in fine wine, scotch and cocktails, but their focus has always been coffee culture, no matter what hour of the day. They're open Monday till 5pm, Tuesday-Thursday til midnight, Friday and Saturday until 2am, and Sunday until 8pm. More »

Cafe Pamenar

Cafe Pamenar

Kensington Market's Café Pamenar has a lot going for it - great coffee, snacks, sandwiches and a menu of wine, cocktails and beer that creeps in with the sunset, plus a front and back patio for warmer days. Their hours and schedule of events let you enjoy it all at late hours - Sunday and Monday until 7pm, Tuesday through Saturday until midnight. More »

Dundas and Carlaw

Dundas and Carlaw

Dundas and Carlaw opened to cheers this past summer, feted for their equal attention to drinks and coffee, and the late hours you can spend there, either inside or on the patio. Sunday though Thursday, you can swing by until midnight, and Friday and Saturday until 2am. More »

Remarkable Bean

Remarkable Bean

Since they opened in 1994, Beaches staple Remarkable Bean has been open every day from 7am until 10 pm, excluding holidays, making for a very consistent and very treasured late night coffee hangout. More »

The One in the Only

The One in the Only

This Danforth conglomerate of backpacker hostel, brew pub and coffee shop is a trusted place to find a spot and settle in. The coffee shop portion - The One in the Only - serves caffeinated brew until 9pm every day. More »

El Almacen

El Almacen

The two locations of this Yerba Mate café will get you caffeinated until 9pm every night, either with their delicious coffee or the extensive selection of mate, for which the shop is well-known and well-loved. More »

Balzac's Ryerson

Balzac's Ryerson

Inside the Image Arts Building at Ryerson Balzac's Coffee shop helps students stay awake studying and chatting weekday evenings (open Monday to Friday 7 am until 9pm) but encourages them to take a break on the weekend ( Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 6pm). Very sensible! More »

Discussion

19 Comments

Jessica / November 26, 2014 at 02:41 pm
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What about Crepe & Co.? Open til 11 pm most nights and they have beer/wine too! I love their pumpkin spiced latte.
yt / November 26, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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Sovereign is open to 9pm 7 days a week, and they just added at kitchen.
sm / November 26, 2014 at 03:38 pm
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The Common closes at 6pm .... not sure why it's listed here
becca / November 26, 2014 at 04:02 pm
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but saving gigi's!! they close at 10ish i believe
tony shamas / November 26, 2014 at 04:05 pm
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Gotta love this list, thank you!
Gary / November 26, 2014 at 04:07 pm
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I live in St. Lawrence and sometimes after midnight I get the strong urge for a Tim Horton's Ice Cap but every Tims is closed near me. I try to fight the urge but sometimes it gets the best of me and I have to go out trekking across downtown, just to find a 24 hour Tims. That sucks! I want more 24 hour Tims in the downtown core because I'm tired of walking to Parliament or the one near the Royal York at 2am.

Screw late night, I want ALL NIGHT service! (because when you need your Tims, you NEED your Tims!)
Snorgle Florf / November 26, 2014 at 04:35 pm
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El Amacen closes at 7...wth?
nobody replying to a comment from Gary / November 26, 2014 at 04:53 pm
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great story man.
Amazing cortado! / November 26, 2014 at 05:32 pm
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Tango Palace! Well deserved.
Joseph / November 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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9 p.m. 10 p.m. Midnight. Late nights in Toronto, only.
Dr. Mantis replying to a comment from Gary / November 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm
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zombies have more brains than you do.
David / November 27, 2014 at 01:34 am
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Northwood!
Shannon / November 27, 2014 at 01:48 am
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How about places you can study with free wifi and power outlets?
To Joseph / November 27, 2014 at 02:27 am
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They are coffee shops, idiot. The list has some open till 2. There are other coffee shops around the city open all night. As for restaurants, kitchens are open in Toronto the same times as in other cities like Montreal. Get with the program.
jitte / November 27, 2014 at 05:22 am
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I'm not sure that "late night" means what you think it means.
Let me explain "late night" to you / November 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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There is a difference between a late night coffee house and a late night bar, or a late night fast food joint, or a late night pharmacy. I don't think a lot of people understand how staffing works in a small cafe. Generally you would have two shifts of people per day. When they have both worked a full shift, the shop closes. Unless there is enough traffic to warrant it staying open later, in which case you hire a third shift of people. This is how it works in Toronto, or New York, or London, or Tokyo. You don't make them work 14 hour days because the staff have lives outside of work, too.
steve a / November 28, 2014 at 01:50 pm
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Congratulations to The Tango Palace. Have made many friends there. The atmosphere is the best.
celina / November 29, 2014 at 09:28 pm
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El Cafecito near Bloor & Dovercourt is a hidden gem - great cafe with a liquor license, so open til 11 or later depending on the day.
Marie / November 30, 2014 at 02:12 am
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Green Beanery? They're open till 10, which is later than some of the places listed here, and I've found it's a good place to work in.

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