The city of Los Angeles remains very much alive after dusk. Whether you’re pulling an all-nighter or heading home from the club or bar scene, there is nothing sweeter than a strawberry Nutella crêpe at 3am. For the young, the restless, the screenwriters, and the insomniacs, these late night spots are definitely worth staying up for. Don’t go to bed hungry – check out our 10 best late night places for a special treat.
Who says late night has to be unhealthy? Open until 4am, Swingers is the quintessential late night diner with tons of vegetarian and vegan options. Featured in the movie Knocked Up, Swingers is the popular hang out spot for celebrities, comedians, and LA natives. Calling upon the LA health nut with an inescapable sweet tooth, this 50s-themed diner is famous for its stuffed grilled cheese, avocado toast, and Oreo milkshakes. Swingers not only offers a one-of-a-kind menu including cage-free eggs and grass fed beef, but also provides its patrons with special charm. While you’re waiting for your order, enjoy a mimosa (or two), pop a quarter into the jukebox, and let your inner rock n’ roller out. The retro decor, classic diner booths, and Andy Warhol-inspired Cow wallpaper will certainly take you back a few decades.
Not for the faint of heart, Fat Sal’s legendary sandwich shack is a Westwood college town favorite and the absolute place to be anytime past midnight. This popular joint, co-owned by Jerry Ferrara, one of the stars on HBO’s hit show, Entourage, has been making headlines for sometime now. Open until 3am and crowded with UCLA students, out-of-towners, and LA natives, Fat Sal’s unique food combinations cater to your every culinary fantasy. Where else can you find sandwiches stuffed with french fries, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, and chicken tenders? The only sandwich joint with a cult following, Fat Sal’s will satisfy your late night cravings and slowly put you into a food coma, until next time.
As suggested by its name, this 24-hour Hollywood diner feels more like an after party following the LA club scene. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to wait outside for 30-45 minutes by the bouncer, even if it’s a quarter until sunrise. This exclusive dining experience would be incomplete without an order of disco fries, huevos rancheros, and vegetarian chili. The contemporary restaurant layout features a chic bar with individual bar seating wrapped around the center, as well as booths for larger groups. The eclectic music, dim lighting, late night energy, and celebrity clientele keeps Kitchen 24 a popular Hollywood hang out, offering the best comfort food all the way into the small hours of the night.
Be sure to check out Bourgeois Pig’s intimate Enchanted Forest room, where you can take a seat on a tree stump and look up to an illuminated moon while flipping through some Bukowski. Having opened its doors in 1991, this historical site remains intact as one of the oldest independently-surviving coffee houses in Los Angeles. Located on the stretch of Franklin Ave., or what some call the ‘hipster hood,’ the Pig is far from your average cup of joe coffee joint. This late night bohemian cafe is nestled between The Daily Planet bookstore and a happening bar/rotisserie themed after Alfred Hitchcock’s Birds. The Pig is where grunge meets vintage, with its splatter-painted floors, impeccable playlist, and classic Victorian décor. With a pool table in the back and dim lighting, some may mistake this underground café for a trendy bar or an artist’s living room; however, the only thing served here are shots of espresso.
Located in the famous Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Blvd, this 24-hour burger bar is named after the precise difference in temperature between a raw and a well done patty. The vintage patterned red wallpaper, comfortable crimson leather booths, and dim lighting create a romantic atmosphere. Black chandeliers hover over each candle-lit booth and mirrors stretch across the walls, reflecting the entire scene. Most famous for its spiked milkshakes, this Hollywood hotel hot spot offers a variety of five flavors – the most frequently-ordered being the Guinness Milkshake, made with Guinness, homemade chocolate sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Perfect for a first date or a night out with friends, 25 degrees is the best sit down place for people watching and a midnight snack.
Nothing says ‘late night’ like chili fries and a shake, eaten in a long bright-yellow train parked along Sunset Strip. This LA landmark has been serving amazing hot dogs, burgers, and wraps for 40 years. Built in 1975 out of an old Pacific Railroad train, Carney’s has been a favorite late night spot for decades now. The walls are covered with black and white photos of historical Los Angeles and there is patio umbrella seating alongside with a beautiful view of the Strip. The perfect addition to any night out, this novelty Sunset restaurant is open until 3am, 7 days a week.
An LA tradition since 1931, this legendary diner has been a favorite of many notable movie stars and celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. The 24-hour restaurant has a Jewish-style deli serving matzoh ball soup, a bakery of mouthwatering desserts including black and white cookies, and a bar called the Kibitz room that features live bands. The LA landmark is one of the oldest standing diners in LA and continues to be an all-time favorite, crowded with regulars, writers, LA natives, and the occasional A-list celebrity. Featured in AMC’s hit show Mad Men and visited by President Obama, Canter’s is an iconic household name that continues to uphold tradition with its delicious homemade food and brown wood paneling.
Located on the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Van Nuys, Crave is the hot spot of late night eats right over the Hill. As most Valley-dwellers know and visitors come to discover, the valley nightlife starts to simmer down around 11pm. However, this 24-hour gem is the perfect start or end to any given night. The rustic brick walls, expansive chalkboard menu, hip after-hours crowd, and cozy couches make Crave Cafe a neighborhood favorite. Be sure to quench your thirst and replenish those electrolytes at this local watering hole with the most refreshing coconut water in the Valley, served in an actual coconut. Most famous for their guilty-pleasure desserts and strawberry Nutella crêpes, this café will have you crawling back for seconds.
This hookah lounge offers the most delicious Mediterranean cuisine in the Valley and unlimited mint tea refills to keep your night going. The outdoor seating, twinkling lights, and exotic music set the mood for late night dining. Bring a deck of cards or a backgammon for some good old-fashioned entertainment and be sure to peruse the menu for the most authentic Mediterranean options. After-hours favorites include macho nacho fries and guacamole, in perfect sharing size for a large group of friends.
Il Tramezzino is famous for the chicken special grilled to crusty perfection. Conveniently located in the heart of Beverly Hills, Il Tram is the place to be, before or after seeing a comedy show, hitting the clubs, or getting the midnight munchies. One bite of the tiramisu and this café will have you eating your heart out. Whether you’re making a quick pitstop for a much-needed coffee fix, unwinding after a long day of work, or simply resting your legs after dancing the night away, Il Tram has your back.