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Where Hungry Night Owls Fill Up on Toronto’s Late-Night Eats

Toronto is not just a city that lays claim to incredible breakfast, lunch and dinner spots during the day – it is also home to some of the best late-night spots that will whet your appetite into the wee hours of the evening.

Whether you flew into town on a red-eye and are looking for a hearty burger or pancake breakfast at 4 a.m., need some Chinese noodle nourishment after a night of dancing and boozing, or are just a night-owl by nature, you’ll want to discover Toronto’s top late-night eats.

Vesta Lunch

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Diner classics will fill you up at Vesta’s. (Photo: Alamy)

Don’t let the lunch part of Vesta’s name fool you; this greasy spoon diner is open 24 hours. If you’re in the mood for all-day breakfast, burgers or sandwiches, stumble in and grab a seat at the counter where the cooks prepare the food right in front of your eyes.

Price Point: $

Hours: Open 24 hours

Location: 74 Dupont St.

New Sky Restaurant

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New Sky is the answer when you’re craving late-night Asian eats. (Photo: Alamy)

Pop over to Chinatown for authentic Cantonese and Hong Kong inspired grub at any hour that suits you. New Sky Restaurant offers its patrons generous portions at incredibly reasonable prices.

Indulge in General Tso’s chicken, dumplings or a local’s favorite, Peking duck pancakes. Due to its popularity, the place is always buzzing with people coming after a late night out. Even at 4 a.m., the crowds mean it can feel like you’re there for lunch.

Price Point: $-$

Hours: Sunday – Thursday, noon to 2:00 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, noon to 5:00 a.m.

Location: 353 Spadina Ave.

Bobbie Sue’s Mac and Cheese

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Decadence abounds at Bobbie Sue’s. (Photo: Nina Pikula)

The name of the place says it all. If you are looking for the ultimate comfort food with a twist, Bobbie Sue’s takes the staple food and add tons of variety.

From the classic to the adventurous, mac and cheese varieties include smoked pulled pork and BBQ sauce; chicken and blue cheese; tuna, curry and peas; all-beef hot dog and yellow mustard as well as vegan a mac and cheese option. You can also make any of the dishes gluten-free by substituting the traditional penne for corn penne.

Price Point: $-$

Hours: Monday – Saturday, noon – midnight; Sunday, noon – 11 p.m.

Location: 162 Ossington Ave.

The Lakeview Restaurant

This “always open” gourmet diner is a Toronto staple. With a rich history, vintage feel and extensive menu, it’s the perfect place to satisfy late-night cravings. Try the apple pie milkshake where the actual apple pie is blended with milk and ice cream to create an all-time fave.

Price Point: $

Hours: Open 24 hours

Location: 1132 Dundas St. West

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