Late-night restaurants for after-hours food in Vancouver

We’ve all been there; you’re hailing a cab home at 3:00 am when hunger hits. While a couple of fast food staples are always there for late-night revellers (I’m looking at you, McDonalds), Vancouver is home to a plethora of full-service restaurants that are ready to serve you at nearly any hour of the day or night. Save this list in your phone and save yourself from ever returning home hungry again.

The Naam Office

1
2724 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1R1

Visiting the Naam after midnight is practically a prerequisite for being (or becoming) a Vancouverite. Hearty vegetarian and vegan fare is served around the clock, but this is a joint you won’t want to go to in a hurry. Expect the occasional line-up or wait, but anyone will tell you it’s worth it for their delicious baked miso fries, dragon bowls and burgers. In the mood for something sweet? There are cakes and pies available too.

House Of Dosas

2
1391 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3E3

This spot manages to serve dosas (if you’ve never had one, think savoury crepes) that are just as delicious at noon as they are at 3:00 am. Monday nights are infamous for the $5.99 special, and the Chicken 65 is the go-to item on the menu. Show up with a big appetite, and enjoy.

Lucy's Eastside Diner

3
2708 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8

Lucy’s is the 24-hour diner Main Street needs and deserves. After downing pints at any of the numerous neighbourhood bars or leaving the Biltmore Cabaret at 2:00 am on the weekend, visit without hesitation. The name says it all; order up traditional American/Canadian-style diner food and add a (boozy) milkshake to top off the whole experience.

Golden Train Express

4
310-3320 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5L1

It’s easy to stay awake inside the glowing interior at Goldtrain Express; mirrors, bright neon lighting and shiny surfaces abound. While the aggressive decor is memorable to say the least, this 24-hour spot provides large portions of Vietnamese fare that are perfect for soaking up an night’s worth of booze. Reminder: bring cash!

Duffin's Donuts

5
1391 41st Ave E, Vancouver, BC V5W 1R7

What doesn’t Duffin’s do? Pupusas, fried chicken, burgers and fries, bánh mì, eggs-and-sausage breakfasts, bubble tea, 24 flavours of soft-serve ice cream, and yes, doughnuts. Duffin’s is open 24-hours a day all week long and the affordable prices make it a budget-conscious eater’s dream. If you decide to mix and match all of the aforementioned dishes, I recommend bringing a bottle of Pepto along.

Denny's

6
1098 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1M3

Those who enjoy a night out downtown will already be all too familiar with Davie Street Denny’s location, but for the uninitiated, this is easily one of the most entertaining spots in the city at 4:00 am on a Tuesday. The staff are patient, friendly and used to a raucous late-night crowd, so it’s a perfect spot to meet up with friends after the bar and grab a classic breakfast to soak up the booze.

Calhoun's

7
3035 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9

Calhoun’s is a familiar name for UBC students and alumni. Most popular with last-minute crammers during exam season, this 24-hour bakery in Kitsilano is rarely without at least a dozen Macbook screens glowing in the dark. More of a coffee-and-a-doughnut spot than a late night restaurant, the grub is good and the vibe is very mellow. Enjoy!

Much in the same way that movie theatres and the scent of buttery popcorn can never be separated, hot dogs have a distinctly nostalgic element. These savoury snacks bring up memories of Little League games and beans-and-weinies at home. Thankfully there are more and more places in Vancouver serving the humble hot dog in a variety of grown-up flavours and styles. [Photo © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]
Locals and tourists alike love Gastown, and for good reason. This neighbourhood has the Old World charm of Montreal, and is chock full of independent retailers, bars and restaurants. Enjoying the neighbourhood can come, however, with a hefty price tag. So for those looking for a quick post-work pint, or a steal of a deal while out on pub crawl with friends, check out these Happy Hour specials! [Image courtesy of Six Acres]
It doesn’t take much to throw ghost pepper into a pot and transform a dish from “bland” to “three- alarm fire” hot. However, any true spice lover knows that when a dish is crafted to include spice – whether it’s fish simmered slowly in chili oil or crispy chicken wings lathered in Sriracha – the careful blend of savoury, salty and spicy can be a revelation. These signature spicy dishes in Vancouver are the hottest of the hot.
Close menu