While late night bars and restaurants provide great social spaces to hangout when you’re in the mood for booze or a lavish meal, sometimes an evening simply calls for a casual and inexpensive nook, where you can catch up with friends over a hot beverage and a yummy dessert, unwind, or even study.
Read on to discover 13 late night independent cafes, serving excellent espresso aimed at keeping you wired well into the evening.
49th Parallel – Main Street
You’ll find impeccably made espressos at 49th Parallel’s Main Street outpost. With such satisfying brews (plus a case full of irresistible doughnuts from Lucky’s) and a 10 pm closing time, expect this Mount Pleasant favourite to be packed to capacity all day/night long.
Address: 2902 Main Street, Vancouver
Keeping things casual, Porto Café, which opened back in February, serves a variety of espresso-based drinks (made using beans from Vancouver’s own Pallet Coffee Roasters), in addition to a range of edible delights. Thanks to a recently acquired liquor license, Porto Café is now open until 9 pm (11 pm come the fall) and serves wine and charcuterie boards.
Address: 2207 Cambie Street, Olympic Village
JJ Bean – Main Street
Caffeine fiends after a late night fix will appreciate that JJ Bean’s Main Street location stays open until 11 pm. Grab a cup of joe and a snack, and enjoy the quick service cafe’s open-concept layout late into the evening.
Address: 3010 Main Street, Vancouver
Turks Coffee Bar has been operating for over 15 years on Commercial Drive and is a staple for neighbourhood locals. Committed to pouring excellent coffee (Milano Coffee), this cozy independent coffee shop is open from 6:30 am to 11 pm daily, satisfying both the early morning and late night crowds.
Address: 1276 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Despite the early start of 7 am, Kafka’s on Main closes around 10 pm (Monday through to Thursday), which makes it a terrific spot to head in the evening if a coffee and a cafe/artsy vibe is what you’re after. On the southeast corner of Main and Broadway, Kafka’s offers a solid list of caffeinated beverages and reliably good baked goods.
Address: 2525 Main Street, Vancouver
Matchstick Coffee Roasters – Fraser Street & Chinatown
Both Matchstick Coffee Roaster’s Fraser Street and Chinatown locations will keep you sufficiently caffeinated until 9 pm every night of the week. Customers can expect to find big, bright, comfortable rooms; quality coffee; and a stack of tasty treats.
Address: 639 East 15 Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 213 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Coffee Bar – Gastown
Coffee service focuses on espresso-based drinks (made with beans from 49th Parallel) at this Gastown haunt. On weekdays they’re open until 8 pm (7 pm on Sundays), while Friday and Saturday nights they operate until 10 pm — handy if you’re on the prowl for a late night caffeine hit along Water Street.
Address: 10 Water Street, Vancouver
This humble, one-stop-shop for all things chocolate satisfies caffeine addicts by offering them a good cup of coffee and a baked treat. Open until 10 pm nightly, Lisa Lou’s promises customers a cosy nook to enjoy espresso-based drinks (made using beans from False Creek Coffee), hot chocolate, a selection of cheesecakes, brownies, lemon bars, and other baked goods.
Address: 1007 Main Street, Vancouver
With three locations to choose from – two downtown and one on Fraser Street – it’s easy to find a spot nearby. The coffee is hot, the desserts are delicious (hello, mango passion fruit mousse), and the study opportunities are endless. You can swing by any time and grab yourself a seat as Breka is open 24 hours a day.
Address: Multiple locations (check website)
Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe is an absolute haven for late night coffee drinkers — the Alberni Street spot is open until midnight every evening. Focusing on quality and comfort, Thierry offers hand-blended double espresso and loose leaf teas, alongside the cafe’s stunning pastries, liquid chocolate, and macarons. Choose from bites of rich, flavoured ganache blanketed in fine chocolate, or get nutty with their pralines.
Address: 1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver