The Best Late Night Falafel and Shawarma in Toronto
The best late night falafel and shawarma in Toronto deliver in terms of ideal post-bar eats. Acceptably messy and often quite cheap, the places on this list will fill you up for little more than the change left in your pocket at the end of the night. These places keep the fryer going and the spit rotating late into the night, ensuring your midnight falafel or 2 a.m. shawarma is just as delicious as during the lunchtime rush.
Here is the list of the best late night falafel and shawarma in Toronto.
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With so many locations throughout Toronto, Ali Baba's has to be doing something right when it comes to shawarma and falafel. Or, uh, maybe it's just good business strategy. In any case, Ali Baba's offers itself as a cheap, late, reliable purveyor of pretty tasty Middle Eastern food, of which its falafel and shawarma definitely top the list. (Best is when you can snag two of either for under $10). Many Ali Baba's throughout Toronto are open until 4am on weekends. More »
Also fairly ubiquitous in Toronto's downtown (granted, not nearly to the same degree), Ghazale seems to always appear just when those shawarma pangs interrupt your route home. While the microwave-weary might want to steer clear of Ghazale's zapped falafel balls, the shawarma here usually delivers in terms of freshness, quantity, and taste. Most locations are open until 3am or 4am all throughout the week. More »
Excelling in the realm of donair, College Falafel stands out as one of the best for Middle Eastern in the area, despite the abundance of falafel and shawarma places nearby. For about six bucks and up, you can get a hot falafel, fresh lamb, beef, or chicken shawarma, and of course, Halifax-style donair right up until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights. Made-from-scratch ingredients definitely make the difference. More »
One of Toronto's favourite downtown falafel joints. Customers here are generally split between the falafels and the shawarmas, with most flocking to the Bloor Street spot for a late-night bite (up until 5am) after weekend antics in the Annex. Prices here definitely appeal to the student crowd. More »
Alexandria Falafel is a reliable mainstay for crowds filing out of Parkdale bars after last call. Open extra-late on weekends (4am as opposed to 2am during the week), Alexandria makes a pretty tasty falafel and is usually consistent in terms of fast, friendly service. Regulars can attest to the chicken shawarma as being sort of hit or miss, though at half past three on a Friday night, it'll probably get the job done anyway. More »
Cheap, fast, and with a good amount of seating. Falafel House isn't the most glamorous place by Yonge and Bloor (not by a long shot), but it does have a pretty decent beef shawarma when it's offered hot and fresh. Falafel (plate or sandwich) is another solid Falafel House choice, offered right up until 3am on weekends. More »
Pita Land (La Zeez) is Ryerson students' answer to late night falafel and shawarma. This Gerrard Street joint has a charming, terribly tacky patio for enjoying a doner outdoors, and a falafel that packs a consistent garlic punch. Not your overstuffed shawarma, this wrap usually comes at a reasonable size and is made fresh right up until 4am on weekdays and 5am on the weekend. More »
Nora Shawarma is well-tapped by the weekday lunch crowd, but when the weekend rolls around it's hungry club-goers all the way. A stone's throw from the Entertainment District and open until 4am, Nora has plenty of room for tired clubbers to get off their feet and share a two-sandwich deal for under $10. Hot sauce is a must for both Nora's falafel and shawarma. More »
While you'd be hard-pressed to find a place serving whiskey on the rocks at 4am, Osmow's is still serving its "Chicken on the Rocks" well into the morning. Good enough? The plate of rice, chicken shawarma, and special sauce is a signature for the Mediterranean restaurant, and while you might not get the same buzz, it surely will fill you up. Falafels and kebabs, of course, are on the menu, too. More »
Late night shawarma and falafel for North York, Shawarma Max's signature chicken shawarma leads the pack in terms of popularity. Open until 4am on weekends to accommodate hard-core Willowdale partiers, both the chicken and beef shawarmas can be had for about five bucks and change, with the falafel modestly holding place for vegetarian customers who saunter in. The patio is a big Shawarma Max draw in the summertime. More »
Impossible to miss at the corner of Queen and Church, Shawarma's King is open until midnight or later during the week and 4am on weekends. The menu here includes pretty consistent shawarma plates and wraps, as well as falafel, kebabs, grilled shrimp, and more. The menu is totally Halal and available for dine-in or take-out. More »
The Empire is a definite frontrunner in terms of best bang for your buck for late night falafel and shawarma. On Mondays and Fridays you can snag two falafel wraps for $4.99, of which the falafel balls are always fried fresh to order (no microwaving here). This spot is open until midnight during the week, and often much later when the weekend rolls around. More »