The Sydney cafés and eateries serving up killer meals around the clock
Forget the servo stop – when you’re hunting for a late night bite, head to one of Sydney’s 24-hour cafés. Whether you’re peckish post-party, working late, or have a ridiculously early call time (airport run, anyone?), these late night food stops are there to soothe your soul, and fill you up when you need it most.
On the north side, Maisy’s 24 is a local institution that dishes up its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus all day, every day. The canteen-style spot offers café classics and comfort food, such as pasta, burgers, sandwiches, and salads, and is bustling into the wee hours. No matter what time of day (or night) it is, our pick is the brekkie plate.
Shop 1, 164 Military Road, Neutral Bay
Pancakes on the Rocks is a Sydney icon. Time your visit with sunset or, even better, sunrie, and take full advantage of the 24-hour kitchen. The menu is huge, but when in Rome, the famous buttermilk pancakes are a must. Go for the macadamia pancakes with maple syrup, or the deliciously decadent cocoa-berry pancakes.
22 Playfair Street, The Rocks
Known for its gloriously thick hot chocolates, this café is a go-to for the hospitality crowd and late-night keyboard warriors. The coffee (which is roasted on-site) hits the spot every time. If you’re winding down your day, try the horchata, a sweet Spanish drink that tastes like almond milk. Along with pastries, the café serves bigger mains.
60 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point
Nestled between Darling Harbour and The Star, Pyrmont Bridge Hotel is a late-night haunt. The bar and bistro is open 24 hours, so order a grazing board, a serve of crispy onion rings, or the Thai beef salad. The pub is most popular during happy hour, which runs from 5pm-6pm every night and is best enjoyed from the rooftop terrace.
96 Union Street, Pyrmont
For when you find yourself in Circular Quay at an unusual hour. City Extra is a sprawling eatery perched between Wharf 3 and 4 with views over Sydney Harbour. For the past 30 years, they have continued 24-hour trading to cater to its customer crowd of shift workers, hospitality staff, police officers, and anyone else who wants dinner at 5am. Think classic dishes like T-bone steak, buttermilk pancakes and fish and chips.
E4 East Podium, Circular Quay