For many of us, shopping or getting things done during normal business hours (roughly between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.) is fairly easy, even when we have jobs to go to throughout the work week. But sometimes, needs arise—for food, medicine, coffee, or even other activities like going to the gym—that occur outside of regular hours. Whether that’s due to working odd hours, being a night owl, boredom or in being in need of some sustenance well outside of regular business hours. Luckily, Toronto is home to many places that stay open 24 hours a day to meet the needs of city dwellers and visitors who might need something at say, 3 a.m.
If you’re on the hunt for something to eat, some groceries, need a prescription filled, or you just want somewhere to hang out when you can’t sleep or need to get work done or study at odd hours, here’s a list of the best 24-hour everything in Toronto.
There was a time, long ago, when most stores were closed on Sundays, making shopping tough for anyone who had little time to get groceries during the week. Those times are long gone and now we can pretty much shop any day of the week, and even in the middle of the night if need be. Looking for a place to grab some groceries at 4 a.m.? Get yourself to one of these 24-hour grocery stores in Toronto.
Khorak Supermarket: This Middle Eastern supermarket in North York has been open since 1989 and offers the chance for shoppers to stock up on produce, meats, baked goods and prepared foods 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Metro (College): The College and Shaw outpost of Metro covers all of your food shopping needs, from deli and bakery items, to prepared foods, produce and a fish counter – 24 hours a day.
Sobey’s (Dupont): Sobey’s on Dupont St. is another good option for 24-hour shopping, with all of your main grocery needs accounted for.
Bloor Superfresh: If you live in or around the Annex, Bloor Superfresh has you covered when you need groceries outside of regular business hours.
Can’t sleep? Only have time to workout in the wee hours of the morning or in the middle of the night? You don’t have to stick to YouTube fitness videos or a treadmill in your basement. There are several gyms in Toronto open 24 hours a day for all your fitness needs —no matter what time they arise.
Bloor Street Boxing and Fitness: Opened in 1994 by former national lightweight champion Paul Ryan, this west end gym is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer boxing training and boxing classes, personal training (during regular hours), yoga and Pilates classes, and weight and cardio machines.
Planet Fitness: Located in the Galleria Mall at Dupont and Dufferin, Planet Fitness is an affordable, no-frills gym open and staffed 24 hours a day. They pride themselves on being inclusive and offer everything you need for a basic workout—any time of day or night.
King/Liberty GoodLife Fitness: Residents of and visitors to Liberty Village can burn some calories and tone their muscles into the wee hours at this location of GoodLife Fitness, which is open 24 hours a day.
Fitness 365: As the name suggests, this sprawling 20,000 square-foot gym is open 365 days year, but if you need a good sweat session when other people might be sleeping, the gym is also open and staffed 24 hours a day.
Restaurants & Diners
For anyone looking for something to eat super-late at night (or super-early, depending on your perspective), options abound in Toronto that go well beyond a fast food burger and fries.
Thompson Diner: While not open all hours of the day and night, Thompson Diner does serve a late-night menu until 3 a.m. should you have a craving for a burger, sandwich, salad, all-day breakfast or other diner classics.
The Lakeview: Head to this historic diner for your anytime food fix featuring a large menu of everything from brunch favourites and poutine, to sandwiches, burgers and salads.
7 West: This popular 24-hour restaurant in Yorkville has been providing late-night eats (from pizza and pasta, to sandwiches and breakfast items) for 30 years.
Fran’s Restaurant: There are two 24-hour locations of Fran’s to choose from for your late-night eating needs, one at Yonge & College and one at Victoria & Shuter.
Vesta Lunch: Despite the name, Vesta Lunch serves affordable sandwiches, burgers, and fish and chips 24 hours a day.
Zet’s Restaurant: If you happen to be around Toronto’s Pearson Airport an in need of a meal at off hours, Zet’s is the place to go for all-day breakfast, steaks, burgers, souvlaki and more served 24 hours a day.
Groceries and convenience items are nice to have access to 24 hours a day, but often, pharmacy items are more of a necessity. That’s when it’s helpful to know where you can fill a prescription, buy some first aid supplies, or take care of any other pharmacy-related needs outside of regular business hours.
Rexall: Rexall also offers several 24-hour locations, including the one at College & Spadina and the one at Queen & University.