The sweetest thing: Where to get dessert late
Toronto sometimes seems short on late-night noshables, but some of the city’s restaurants serve dessert well into the wee hours. After the jump, our compendium of places that can satisfy a sweet tooth after 11 p.m.
Queen West crooners can pause from belting out Pat Benatar to bite into one of chef Marc Breton’s sweet specialties, all of which are served after hours. House favourites include the toasted marshmallow fudge brownie and the new, Archie-approved banana split. Sunday to Wednesday until 11 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 10 p.m.–1 a.m.
1214 Queen St. W. (at Gladstone Ave.), 416-531-4635, www.gladstonehotel.com.
The Roof Lounge
The perfect accompaniment to the Park Hyatt’s library-chic lounge and sweet view are the strawberry cheesecake and maple crème brûlée. Both are served until last call, at about 1 a.m.
4 Avenue Rd. (at Bloor St. W.), Park Hyatt, 416-324-1568, www.parktoronto.hyatt.com
Sicilian Sidewalk Café
For post-drinking fun along College Street, try such syrupy classics as crêpes and ice cream–topped waffles, which are served until around 2 a.m. most days (though the sprawling patio can stay packed until later on summer nights). If partiers are pausing before round two, such specialty coffees as the Café Francese—a scoop of vanilla ice cream with espresso and cocoa—make good fuel for the rematch.
712 College St. (at Montrose Ave.), 416-531-7755.
Serving dessert 24 hours a day, this downtown standby offers three kinds of chocolate layer cake, a chocolate-banana creation, and the much-adored dulce de leche cheesecake, for which the spot is known.
7 Charles St. W. (at Yonge St.), 416-928-9041, www.7westcafe.com.
I Feel Like Crepe
Sweetness at this west-end “creperie-lounge” is not limited to dessert. Such sugary martinis as the Tiramisu and Lollypop are served alongside crêpes, like the signature Margot (hazelnut and white chocolate spread with fruit and nuts). Friday and Saturday to 2 a.m., and until midnight on weekdays.
605 College St. (at Clinton St.), 416-832-5679, www.ifeellikecrepe.com.
West-end revellers can treat themselves to dessert until the last desperado falls at 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Selections feature Wanda’s Pie in the Sky apple crumble (best à la mode) and the homemade Jagermeister chocolate mousse. Sunday to Tuesday until 11 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday until midnight. (Summer hours coming into effect soon: Sunday and Monday until midnight, Tuesday to Thursday until 1 a.m.)
538 Queen St. W. (at Bathurst), 416-203-6623, www.shanghaicowgirl.com.
Hair of the Dog
Village-goers can hop over to this gastro-pub for sweets until 1 a.m. Thursday to Saturday. The selection of desserts varies, but the usual suspects are lemon-blueberry cheesecake, triple-chocolate mousse cake and berry crumble. Monday to Wednesday until midnight.
425 Church St. (at Wood St.), 416-964-2708, www.hairofthedogpub.ca.