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The Best Late Night Cafes in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / March 10, 2011

Cafes Open Late TorontoThe 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.

See also:

The best cafes for Free Wifi in Toronto
The best 24 hour restaurants in Toronto

Top middle photo by liyen on Flickr.

Tango Palace

Tango Palace

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

The One in the Only

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 »

Green Beanery

Green Beanery

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 »

Snakes and Lattes

Snakes and Lattes

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 »

Remarkable Bean

Remarkable Bean

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 »

Tequila Bookworm

Tequila Bookworm

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 »

Art Square Cafe

Art Square Cafe

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 »

El Almacen

El Almacen

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 »

Discussion

43 Comments

Ubisu Design / March 10, 2011 at 09:53 am
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Good list. If only Manic and Sam James were open late too. They are both great cafes.
crazy town / March 10, 2011 at 10:20 am
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9pm is now considered late night?
Ryan / March 10, 2011 at 10:49 am
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ummm, where's 7 west?
irina / March 10, 2011 at 10:53 am
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I LOVE Tango Palace. I've been there once and it's absolutely lovely. Very cute decor, friendly service, good espresso (that the guy insisted on repouring because he thought it wasn't done right the first time). Awesome!

Green Beanery is an awful coffee shop. There were flies jumping around their baked goods and the dude at the cash has a real attitude problem. I'd skip that one for sure.

I second Ubisu on wishing that Manic were open later than it is. Great spot.
Rafael / March 10, 2011 at 11:11 am
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Late Night and Toronto? Don't make me laugh! Those two words don't go together. Toronto = BIG YAWN!
mike in parkdale / March 10, 2011 at 11:13 am
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you know what would be nice? A cafe without wi-fi so you don't have 95% of the seating area taken up by people with laptops.
Max / March 10, 2011 at 11:45 am
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kudos on an interesting, diverse and geographically comprehensive list. i'll be checking a few of those out.

An old standby of mine is 7 West on Charles ... nice vibe, good eats and always welcoming (in fact they are open 24/7/365)

:-)
Max / March 10, 2011 at 11:49 am
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oh, silly me, i see 7 West falls under the "best 24 hour restaurants" category
fob / March 10, 2011 at 11:55 am
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Just as an FYI to everyone, full of beans Coffee House & Roastery is now open until 9 on Thursday, Friday & Saturdays. It just started last week, so come on in. We heard that the neighbourhood was lacking...
Mike / March 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm
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I was just complaining to a friend last night that Toronto lacked good cafes open late. It sucks having to pack up around 7 or 8 at most of the cafes in my neighbourhood (east end). Even the Starbucks, where I will work if there's a lack of other options, closes at 8.

Also to the commenter talking about 7 West, I have to respectfully disagree. Terrible value for money in my opinion. I've been twice and won't be back.
tsktsk / March 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm
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Its bad to drink caffeine so late at night.
Cindy / March 10, 2011 at 01:12 pm
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I totally agree.. I wish that sam james was open late.. it is so nice to get a coffee on your walk home after dinner somewhere.. maybe at at least 9:30 10ish.

Danielle replying to a comment from tsktsk / March 10, 2011 at 01:20 pm
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So bad it's good!
Paul replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / March 10, 2011 at 01:36 pm
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Green Beanery listed here (Bloor & Bathurst) is WiFi-less.
Winning / March 10, 2011 at 02:08 pm
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I drink Tiger Blood at night.
Brock / March 10, 2011 at 03:02 pm
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Good idea for a best of list!

I always want to try out new places to do homework in, but it's hard to find a good place that's open late.

Starbucks is the last resort.
Rachel / March 10, 2011 at 05:00 pm
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This is a great list, thanks for putting it together. I'd also like to say that Aroma is open until 11 and is very delicious.
Tim / March 10, 2011 at 05:16 pm
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Starbucks/Second Cup used to be open to either 12 or 1, back in 1996 (on Yonge north of Eglinton).

I agree it'd be nice to have some more places open to midnight, at least.
Jer / March 11, 2011 at 05:33 am
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Finally. I can't believe how many cafe owners refuse to be open past 6 - as if this was the suburbs and being 'a part of the community' was a MF 9-5 job. If only the city would give tax breaks to those quiet institutions of late night cameraderie for contributing to the all day-all night dynamic nature of what makes a city, a real city - not just a dense suburb.
jer / March 11, 2011 at 05:34 am
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Finally. I can't believe how many cafe owners refuse to be open past 6 - as if this was the suburbs and being 'a part of the community' was a MF 9-5 job. If only the city would give tax breaks to those quiet institutions of late night cameraderie for contributing to the all day-all night dynamic nature of what makes a city, a real city - not just a dense suburb.
Lola replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / March 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm
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Hey Mike, if someone with a laptop purchases food and drink, they have as much right to a table as you do.
Elizabeth replying to a comment from Jer / March 13, 2011 at 05:28 pm
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I 100% agree with the tax break concept - if the city helped business owners contribute to alcohol-free late - night scenes Toronto could be a much cooler city.
Instead they make it almost impossible to stay open..
Francois replying to a comment from Lola / March 13, 2011 at 07:44 pm
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Lola, many people with laptops hog tables for extended periods of time. That is a basic lack of courtesy.
Lola replying to a comment from Francois / March 14, 2011 at 06:44 pm
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And many other people with laptops stay no longer than people who sit and chat with friends. (or sit and chat on their cell phones) It's also a basic lack of courtesy to get annoyed at the mere sight of people with laptops.
mike in parkdale / March 15, 2011 at 01:23 pm
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okay, I should have mentioned 'all of the people who take up way more time in a cafe then their single coffee and muffin should have paid for'.

Does a $5 tab buy an hour of time? I'm not one to say, but I bet the owners would like a little more.

Tim Horton's have signs that state that there's a 30 minute maximum in the seating area. I think that if a smaller coffee shop put up a sign like that, it would be at their peril.
Lola / March 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm
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You're absolutely right about the $5 tab thing. I just had to point out that I don't think laptops are always the evil reason for it.

You hate laptops in cafes. I hate people who block major downtown sidewalks and cause traffic accidents with their texting-and-walking. Those people should have their THUMBS PULLED OUT. Ahem. As you were.
Eddie Brock / March 15, 2011 at 11:50 pm
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Coffee time on lansdowne and dupont. Great food, even greater customers.
Jae / April 11, 2011 at 03:34 am
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uhm how about all those bbtea places? they close at like 2am and sometimes even 3am! go4tea, destiny's, teashop168
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Diego / February 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm
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Late night? More like early evening. Come on...
Hoolio / June 3, 2012 at 07:58 pm
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@ Diego; Late night? More like early evening. Come on...

Hahaa..so true. Such a crappy list. I was looking for something along the lines of 2 am or later
MT replying to a comment from tsktsk / June 10, 2012 at 12:22 am
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There is such a thing as decaffeinated coffee and espresso, and many people work unconventional hours, and caffeine late at night is fine ;)
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm
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Late Night and Toronto? Don't make me laugh! Those two words don't go together. Toronto = BIG YAWN!
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Paul / September 4, 2013 at 09:38 pm
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At Tequila B they don't serve coffee after a certain hour so found this review a little misleading and is why I went in the first place (the coffee fiend I am ). Still a nice place.
Antoinette / November 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm
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I believe spin cafe is also open late. They have a few locations. Great coffe and deserts which some come from the cheesecake factory yumm
Liz / November 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm
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Snakes and Lattes sucks. So pretentious.
CptNash / November 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm
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9pm real late nite eh... What is this, the city that always sleeps?
Danny / November 20, 2013 at 12:03 am
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nice to see someone racking up cafes in this city - but cmon late night where 80% of the list closes by 10? I was expecting to find places that closed at 2am on here...
NativeTorontonianAl / March 1, 2014 at 06:41 pm
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There is a requirement in the leasing contracts or paperwork when a cafe is being started up, that they must not remain open past 7pm. Ha ha. That or how there's just something in the air, something very dull, in Toronto. One that's a tradition.

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