The Best Late Night Cafes in Toronto
The best late night cafes in Toronto offer a tranquil alternative to a typical bar night with friends, and a comfortable space to get some work done in the evening. I always appreciate the option of going to a space near guaranteed to be void of any hair-gel/emblem-chain outfit combination, as well as one where music is complementary to, and not overshadowing, conversation.
These cafes also serve as optimal environments for late-night studying, or in my case, blogging. That means comfortable chairs, a cozy atmosphere, great caffeine options, and tasty treats. And free WiFi is always an added bonus.
Here is the list of the best late night cafes in Toronto.
Top middle photo by liyen on Flickr.
A Leslieville fixture and a great place to curl up in an armchair with a mug of tea and your laptop (there's free WiFi, after all) late into the night. The dim lighting and eclectic decor make the space feel extra warm and Tango Palace has lots of baked goods to keep any night-owl satisfied. Open until 11pm/12am. More »
The One in the Only at Danforth and Donlands allows for easy transition from bar scene to Black Cat Espresso via its back connection to sister pub The Only Cafe. Comfy mismatched chairs and free WiFi make it a top contender among late-night cafes. Open until 10pm. More »
Great for after-hour perusing of high-end roasters, as well as sinking into a chair and sipping on a latte. Green Beanery at Bathurst and Bloor is part cafe and part retail, with a variety of pastries, including vegan cupcakes, on its menu. It's also a superb spot from which to watch first-year U of T students stumble along Bloor. Open until 10pm most nights. More »
No longer must you play Operation alone in your basement in shame! Like-minded board-game enthusiasts gather for coffee, beer, and baked-goods to play long into the night. So long, in fact, I plan to bring a pillow for my chair next time I go; I hear Mystery Date calling my name. Open until 2am and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. More »
The Remarkable Bean has been the place to go in the Beaches for quiches or savoury muffins for years. It roasts its own beans and bakes everything on site, enough to seduce locals to come inside, even after dark. Remarkable Bean is open until 10pm most evenings. More »
On Queen West between Spadina and Bathurst, Tequila Bookworm is a solid choice for late-night studying with a menu of fresh eats and free WiFi. With friends, coffee can easily turn to dinner, which can easily turn to drinks on the patio. And there's your night. Open until 12am, 1am, or 2am, depending on the day of the week. More »
Across from the AGO, Art Square Cafe is for chocoholics like me looking to satisfy an evening craving with hand-made chocolates or chocolate fondue. Art Square serves up Illy coffee, various teas, and sweet and savoury crepes until 10pm daily. Free WiFi is also available. More »
For a late-night yerba mate fix, El Almacen on Queen by Dovercourt is your evening cafe. Along with the drink (served either in a cafetiere or in a cured gourd with a bombilla) you can also get espresso drinks, empanadas, biscotti, and alfajores. Open until 9pm most evenings (and later during summer months). More »