The best late night dining in Sydney

Got a hankering for a midnight snack? These are Time Out’s go-tos for a late night bite

Photograph: Anna Kucera

Sometimes you’ve been out and had a few too many cocktails and need something to soak up the booze, or maybe you’ve been working late and need something to soothe your soul in the wee small hours. Whether you're after a sit-down affair or something casual, these are the best spots for late night eats in Sydney.

Want to dance instead of eat? Check out our guide to Sydney's best clubs.

Looking for late night drinks? Here's a list of late night bars and pubs without a lockout.

The best late night dining in Sydney

1

Big Poppa's

This Oxford Street restaurant bar dishes out cheese platters and good glasses of wine until 3am.

Darlinghurst
2

Golden Century

You can't call yourself a Sydneysider unless you had a late dinner here. It's one of the few places you can sit down to a freshly pressed white table cloth and order plates of pippies and fried squid.

Haymarket
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3

Frankie's Pizza by the Slice

The heart of the business district is not where you’d expect to find an underground heavy metal pizza party, but Frankie’s doesn’t much go in for the expected. Head here for late night rock, pizza and tinnies.

Sydney
4

Mr Crackles Carryout

Every night this late-night sandwich shop is absolutely packed with party people deperate for tender, sweet fatty hunks of roast pork and shards of golden crackling on a chewy white roll with pickled carrot, cucumber and as much chilli as you can handle.

Darlinghurst
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5

The Lansdowne Hotel

They'll serve you whole or by-the-slice pizza here until 2am, including an excellent smoked potato, rosemary and garlic number.

Chippendale
6

Dodee Paidang

This fiery Thai spot is open until 1am every single night of the week, so you can get your fix of lava hot tom yum at midnight on a Tuesday if you so please. 

Haymarket
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7

Chat Thai

It’s not till the supper menu kicks in at 10pm that these guys really hit their straps. Go for fantastic salty/sweet Thai desserts and a bunch of hot and sour things from the grill. Or spike your late-evening malaise with a spicy soup. Ting!

Haymarket
8

Hubert

You'll forget what time of day or night it is when you descend the staircase at this subterranean French restaurant, so it's lucky that it's open until 1am most nights.

Sydney
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9

Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine

Sweet, juicy, soy sauce chicken, barbecue pork bao and roast-duck congee go down damn well after midnight, so it's good that this Haymarket staple stays open until 2am every night of the week,

Sydney
10

Indian Home Diner

The orange neon signage and lacklustre shopfront may not look like anything special, but anyone who’s tried an Indian kebab from here knows that this Oxford Street late-night haunt is a very special place.

Darlinghurst
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11

Bar Topa

The kitchen only closes at this little tapas spot when the bar does, so you can get jamón on crisp bread, whipped salted cod, grilled chorizo and whole sardines until 1am.

Sydney
12

Thirsty Bird

This spruced up greasy spoon is open until 1.30am on Fridays and 3am on Saturdays, so you can get your fried chook fix well after midnight. 

 

 

Potts Point
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13

Unicorn Hotel

This just in. You can get a Mary's-style burger at the Unicorn Hotel until 2am. Paddington has never looking so inviting for a big night out. 

Paddington
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15

Arisun

This sprawling outdoor courtyard is a go-to after 10pm in Haymarket, thanks to its baskets of soy flavoured fried chicken and Korean beers.

Haymarket
16

Madang

Come for the barbecue and stay for the kimchi pancake at this Pitt Street BYO favourite.

Sydney
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17

Faheem Fast Food

This fast, fun and incredibly cheap spot Enmore Road dishes out hot plates of curry until midnight every night of the week. 

Enmore
18

Mamak

Most days of the week, this outrageously popular Malaysian restaurant stops spinning its roti at 10pm. But come Friday and Saturday, they serve supper till 2am.

Haymarket
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19

Juicy Lucy

Juicy Lucy is a chicken shop, with a South East Asian bent. Order ‘Aunt Lucy’s seasoned chicken’. It’s been brined overnight with Sichuan pepper, cassia bark (like cinnamon), cloves and coriander seeds, making it super tender. 

Surry Hills
20

Dimitri's

This old-school, lo-fi, high-impact pizzeria dishes out slices to the hungry punters of Crown Street.

Surry Hills
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