The Best Late Night Cafes in Toronto
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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