Hybrid cafes in Toronto that'll take you from day to night

Toronto is home to a number of cafés serving high-quality espresso in the daytime and top-notch cocktails in the evening. Looking for somewhere to settle in from midday to sundown? Check out these hybrid hangouts that’ll take you from day to night.

Saving Gigi Ltd

1
859 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M4

This cozy Bloorcourt café attracts students, families and first dates with its charming retro interior and tasty food and drinks. Sip on organic fair-trade coffee in the A.M. and local craft beers in the evening. If you’re feeling peckish, the daytime menu features homemade sandwiches and salads while in the evening you’ll find cheese and charcuterie boards.

Bar Buca

2
75 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2M9

This King West trattoria is open daily from 7am to 2am and will have you covered from your first sip of coffee to your last bite of tiramisu. The industrial chic dining room offers plenty of seating for early morning, after-work and late-night visitors. Snack all day long on the Italian inspired sharing plates expertly prepared by notorious chef Rob Gentile.

The Only Cafe

3
972 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9

The staff pulls espresso during the day and pints at night at this hybrid café and bar. East end regulars come for the 25 local craft brews on tap and stay to jam out to live music. Stay the night at the onsite backpackers’ inn and you’ll know where to find a cup of coffee the next morning.

Café Pamenar

4
307 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2M2

You’ll be tempted to stay a while at this indie café in Kensington Market. The thoughtfully designed interior features polished concrete floors, refurbished barn boards, exposed Edison bulbs and plenty of spacious communal tables. The free Wi-Fi and espresso-based beverages are sure to get you through the workday. At night, put your laptop away and unwind with something a little stronger.

Northwood

5
815 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M1

This Christie Pits café and bar is open daily from 11am to 2am, offering a wide variety of coffee, tea, sandwiches and snacks. The impressive drink menu features beer, wine, liquors and a number of inventive cocktails. Have the best of both worlds and order up the Black Lodge cocktail made with Northwood’s signature cold brew coffee, Tromba tequila, Cynar, agave syrup and egg white.

Portland Variety

6
587 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

From the state-of-the-art Mod Bar espresso machine to the pretty blue and white china, this elegant yet approachable King West establishment is designed to impress. The daytime offerings are of the French patisserie variety — croissants, soufflés and Danishes — while nighttime reveals a menu of expertly prepared Spanish tapas plates. Grab a spot on the sun-soaked patio and enjoy an afternoon of people watching in one of the city’s hippest ’hoods. The crowd morphs throughout the day as the nearby office workers make room for well-heeled night owls.

Belljar Cafe

7
2072 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1W9

Just off the beaten track, this Dundas West gem is open daily from 8am ’til late serving up fresh-pressed espresso and classic cocktails. A small menu of grilled sandwiches and fresh salads will help curb your hunger if you’re here for the long haul. The neighbourhood hangout also hosts live music, DJs and occasional outdoor movie screenings on the hidden back patio in the summer months.

Boxcar Social

8
1208 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W1

It’s easy to get lost inside this sprawling café and wine bar located in an impressive two-storey house. Coffee aficionados should try the tasting flights, which feature three rotating espresso blends brewed and served side by side. Not to be outdone, the nighttime drink menu includes an impressive list of new-world wines, craft beers, bourbon and scotch. This Summerhill hotspot opens daily at 8am and keeps the drinks coming ’til midnight Tuesday through Thursday and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

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