While there are times when a late-night kebab hits the spot, it’s definitely not your only option for eating out past 10pm.
Potts Point, Darlinghurst and surrounds are home to some excellent restaurants, bars and even cafes that offer late-night dining. Here are some of our favourites, from long-lasting, beloved venues to hip new hot spots.
60 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point
This iconic Kings Cross café has seen it all since it opened in 1972, and to this day has a devoted local clientele who love its laid back bohemian vibe from a former era. Best of all, Café Hernandez is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, serving Spanish specialties and café classics at affordable prices. The café’s original owner, Joaquin Hernandez Snr, is credited with playing a major role in bringing European café culture to Sydney and the espresso is still outstanding.
Honkas Bar + Eats
11 Roslyn Street, Potts Point
Open until midnight Friday through Sunday (until 10pm Tue-Thu), Honkas serves fresh, healthy snacks and meals inspired by the best street food of Korea, Japan and Vietnam. There’s a charming little courtyard for outdoor dining on warm nights.
123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Open until midnight Friday and Saturday nights; The Butler dishes up an upscale Ibero-American menu. In practice, this means Spanish or Portuguese dishes by way of the Americas with a Sydney twist. Book the terrace to dine al fresco.
64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
Head to nearby Surry Hills when you need a late-night Mexican fix. This colourful eatery at the back of the Excelsior Hotel started in 2011 as a pop-up and has been pulling crowds ever since thanks to its tasty tacos, quesadillas and margaritas served in a noisy, joyful space. Its late-night menu is available Thursday – Saturday 10pm until closing time (3am).
96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
This popular late night restaurant is all about cheese, wine and hip hop and is open seven days a week until 3am. You could make a meal out of its extensive cheese menu and matching vinos but there are also other classic Italian dishes and delicious desserts to enjoy too.
This much-loved Sydney landmark has long been as popular with locals as it is with tourists. Perhaps it’s because there’s little as satisfying as a post-night-out ‘Tiger’ pie scoffed while gazing out at the harbour. Open until midnight Friday and Saturday and 11pm weeknights (closes Sunday at 5pm).
302 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Besides excellent drinks, this cosy cocktail bar’s kitchen serves a small but satisfying supper menu up until 2am closing time that includes toasties, fish and chips and charcuterie and cheese boards.
155 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
No, this is not sophisticated dining, and it’s also more take-out than eat-in, but Mr Crackles’ crispy pork-belly rolls are legendary among late-night revellers for a good reason. They’re delicious at any time of day but really hit the spot after night out on the tiles. Open until 1am Friday and Saturday (9pm all other nights).
Remember to check the latest opening times before heading out.
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