Chat Thai at Haymarket.
Hunger never sleeps, but there's no shortage of good food in the middle of the night. Here are Angie Schiavone's top picks for a post-party feed.
Shop G11, Capitol Square, 730-742 George Street, Sydney 9211 5232
Open until 4am Fri & Sat, 3am Sun, 2am Mon-Thurs
If chilli is what you need to keep the engine running, then this popular Thai restaurant with sparkly lights and splashes of orange might be just the ticket. Big, bold flavours are the go here, but if you're feeling a little worse for wear, the more easy-going noodle dishes are probably a better option.
294-296 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills 9698 4895
Open until 3am, daily
Fatima's has been sating the hunger pangs of late night revellers (and very early risers) for decades. It's no silver service establishment, but if it's grilled meats and kebabs you want, then it's grilled meats and kebabs you'll get.
Level 2, 605-609 George Street, Sydney 9269 0222
Open until 2am Fri & Sat, midnight Sun-Thurs
If you miss going home after a night out with your clothes smelling of smoke, Korean barbecue is the answer! OK, so there probably aren't too many people who miss that – but it's worth it for a feast of DIY-BBQ, hotpots and classic Korean dishes. And anytime is a good time for kimchi.
Craving a quick fix
Harry's Cafe de Wheels
Corner Cowper Wharf Roadway & Brougham Road, Woolloomooloo 9357 3074
Open until 4am Fri & Sat, 1am Sun, 2am Mon & Tues, 3am Wed & Thurs.
Harry's is famous for opening late, and for pies – most notably The Tiger, with mushy peas, potato mash and gravy. The stalwart eatery is multiplying at rapid speed, and the Harry's at Haymarket, Parramatta, Penrith, Burwood and Tempe all open to different versions of "late", too.
60 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point 9331 2343
Open 24 hours, daily
Cafe Hernandez has been in the caffeine fixing business for 40 years. Open 'round the clock, all year, every year, it lures in those out late with the smell of beans roasting and coffee brewing, and the hope of a serve of churros to sweeten the deal.
Pancakes on the Rocks
4 Hickson Road, The Rocks 9247 6371
Open 24 hours, daily
For many, a visit to Pancakes is as much about taking a trip down memory lane as it is about pancakes. For others, it's all about those front doors that just never close.
Chat Thai: 20 Campbell Street, Haymarket 9211 1808, Thai, open until 2am daily
El Loco: 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills 9211 4945, Mexican, open until 3am Thurs-Sat, 1am Wed
Golden Century: 393-399 Sussex Street, Haymarket 9212 3901, Chinese, open until 4am every day
Guzman y Gomez: Corner Bayswater Road & Pennys Lane, Kings Cross, Mexican, open until 4am Fri & Sat
Mamak: 15 Goulburn Street, Haymarket 9211 1668, Malaysian, open until 2am Fri & Sat
Petaling Street: 760 George Street, Haymarket 9280 1006, Malaysian, open until 2am Fri & Sat, 1am Sun-Thurs
Yok Yor Thai Food Factory: 323 Castlereagh Street (enter from Campbell Street), Haymarket 9280 0001, Thai, open until 2am Fri-Sat, 1am Sun-Thurs
Angie Schiavone is the editor of the 2013 Good Food Under $30, published in March, and its previous incarnation, Everyday Eats.