The top 30 late night eats for students in Toronto
When it comes to eating out after last call, or refuelling midway through an all night study session, students in Toronto are spoiled for choice (especially those in the downtown core). Almost any type of cuisine can be readily had, so if you choose, you can entirely pass on fast foods and dine on dumplings, doner, or big BBQ sandwiches.
Here are my picks for the top late night eats by campus in Toronto.
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Poutineville or Smoke's Poutinerie
Open until 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, these poutine-centric spots will serve you fries, curds and gravy well past bedtime. Smoke's on Spadina also offers an array of hot dogs.
Shao mai dumplings at 2am? Yes please! This modest restaurant on Spadina is a staple of downtown late-night dining, and you'll find it full of fellow students and other hungry patrons at almost all hours of the day.
Sarah's Shawarma or Ghazale
These two sources for pita wraps slathered in garlic sauce operate late; Sarah's goes until 3am Thursday to Saturday, while Ghazale keeps the shawarma spinning until 3:30am if not later.
Owl of Minerva
Order cheap and delicious Korean comfort foods 24 hours a day in Koreatown from this wise owl. The pork bone soup is highly regarded while kimchi-laced specialties like spicy rice cakes are popular too.
Let's Be Frank
The kitchen is open until 3am on Friday and Saturday, and while hotdogs might be the main draw, the menu is rounded out with options like sloppy joes, wings, and fried chicken.
Big BBQ sandwiches for $7 until 3am on weekends make this walk-up window a desirable destination to fill up in Kensington Market.
Otto's Berlin Doner
Open until 3:30 am on weekends, this quick service sandwich shop deals in triangular sandwiches stuffed with shaved meat and currywurst featuring a sausage and fries doused in curry sauce and served with a side of aioli.
Taste of China
This popular late night spot in Chinatown has some really stellar sizzling seafood dishes and an excellent Deep-fried tofu dish doused in garlic and chilli peppers.
Open on weekends until 1am, this is a sweet si-down spot for desserts and savoury galettes.
File into this tiny lower lever take-out shop to get yourself a massive burrito until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Open until 4am on weekends, this take out shop double majors in Tex-Mex and Middle Eastern delights. For the ultimate mash-up try the falafel burrito.
Grab a slice from this pizza shop on Yonge which has been a late-night student staple longer than most students have been alive. Open until 5am.
The location on Gerrard is home to smokehouse house sandwiches and over-loaded poutine until 4am on weekends.
You'll find this Chinese restaurant on Dundas just as busy after hours as it is at lunch. While the food is consistent, the crowd transitions from office workers to students and clubbers late at night. The Cantonese chow mein is a must!
This old school diner is a reliable source for 24-hour eats including bacon and eggs, burgers, club sandwiches, and roasted chicken dinners.
Open around the clock, this outpost of the American chain will serve you breakfast or burgers no matter the time of day.
Open 24/7, this cozy cafe has students covered when craving comfort foods like pita pizzas, pasta or sandwiches.
Stuff yourself full of samosas or shawarma at this take out spot on Gerrard.
Falafel Hut Village
This Middle Eastern grill in York Lanes is a best bet when hunger pangs strike before 2am (most nights). Fill up on falafel and shawarma without ever setting foot off campus.
Shopsy's Sports Grill
Also in York Lanes, this deli caters to late night cravings until 2am on Thursdays exclusively (otherwise no later than 11pm). The menu bills smoked meat sandwiches, burgers, and beer.
The sports bar and grill is open until 2am, 365 days a year. The location on Keele is off campus, but close enough that students can still stumble back to the dorms by foot after a few pints and some hot wings.
York U students with access to a car, might find this collection of 24 hour restaurants north of the 401 serves as an excellent resource.
Triple A Bar
The Texas style BBQ joint on Adelaide Street East is mere minutes away from the St. James Campus on foot. Open until 2am nightly, it's a solid spot to devour pulled pork sandwiches and rich bowls of chili.
The late night snack menu includes pizza and pub foods (like poutine, nachos and sausage rolls) right up until last call.
Tuna melts, meatloaf and mashed potato dinners, and nachos can all be yours up until 4am on weekends at this diner on Church Street. The place is less than 10 minutes away from St. James Campus.
The menu of beer-friendly comfort foods at this Front St. pub is served until 1:30am on Fridays and Saturdays. House specialties include goat roti, lamb burgers, and a tandoori chicken sandwich.
About a 15 minute drive from the North Campus, this 24 hour diner doesn't promise anything fancy, but when you're looking for all day breakfast or souvlaki dinners late a night it'll likely hit the spot.
For students in the vicinity of Humber's Lakeshore campus, this pizzeria is open on Fridays and Saturdays until 2am. While the full sized pies can be pricey, the pizzettes are wallet friendly and the menu has some variety so you can switch up your order for hoagies and salads when the mood strikes.
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