I can relate with anyone who gets hungry in the wee hours of the morning. So I’ve put together a top ten list of my fave restaurants for late night dining.

  1. Superbowl‘s (35 Goulburn St & 41 Dixon St, Sydney) menu caters for all your typical Chinatown cravings up til 2am every day. Feel like a midnight splurge? Try the delicate peking duck. Or if you’re feeling peckish, I’d recommend sharing a pork and preserved egg congee (with deep-fried bread sticks of course), stir-fried pipis in a spicy XO sauce and one of the best salt and pepper prawns. Definitely give the noodles a miss though!
  2. Seoul Ria (Level 2, 605-609 Cnr of George and Goulburn St, Haymarket) beats Superbowl by an hour, opening until 3am daily. This is the place to be for all-things Korean. Their kim-chi pancakes are scrumptious but be prepare to queue up if you’re planning on dining here during normal eating hours.
  3. Pancakes On The Rocks (4 Hickson Rd, The Rocks)… you can’t ask for more from a place that offers breakfast 24 hours a day.
  4. Hey Hey Kebabs (Parramatta Rd, Auburn) defies the common kebab and pizza joint by offering sandwich pressed kebabs and crispy fried chips which are seasoned generously with chicken salt, leaving you feeling moreish at 4am. The friendly service and odd jokes makes this place a winner with inner-westies.
  5. Harry’s Cafe De Wheels (Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo) is the legendary late night eatery that has been serving up pies, peas and mash for decades. Harry’s operates til 2am Monday – Thursdays, til 1.30am on Sunday and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
  6. Mamak (15 Goulburn St, Sydney) makes the local Malaysians feel at home. They serve nasi lemak, roti kaya, cendol & ice kacang all day, right through to 3am.
  7. City Extra (E4, Circular Quay & 301 Church St, Parramatta) is a commercial-type cafe covering a little bit of every cuisine, 24 hours.
  8. Guzman y Gomez (Bayswater Rd Cnr of Pennys Ln, Kings Cross) makes it possible for you to munch on authentic Mexican quesadillas, tacos and burritos until 10pm Sunday – Thursdays and 2am on Friday & Saturday.
  9. BBQ King (18-20 Goulburn St, Sydney) do great Chinese dishes but are a tad pricey. Good thing they’re open til 2am daily ‘coz where else would you get such crispy glazed BBQ meat cuts this late?
  10. Star City’s Trophies Foodcourt opens until 3am on Sunday to Thursday and 6am Friday & Saturday. They’re a bit like an international food court. Cheap, tasty and umm, fast.
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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • JP_12

    Hi Jennifer, I just came across your blog recently and wanted to say great job – it’s a really good read. I like Harry’s Cafe myself – their pies are excellent, especially the Tiger. But really it’s best hit Harry’s for a hot dog, the best in Sydney I’d say. My sister and I write a blog called Stories from Sugartown (www.sugartownblog.com) and I’d like to place a link to your blog on our favourites page. Hope that’s cool. We write about desserts and pop culture of dessert/wine/coffee etc…a bit of everything. Have a look if you get a chance. Anyway, look forward to reading more posts. Cheers! JP

  • Lloyd

    great article!
    any suggestions for the quietest of those or others in the city area where I could have a informal meeting/discussion with 2 of my staff over dinner on weeknight from around 7pm to 10pm?