There are many different ways that we deal with our hangovers. Some choose to sleep it off, emerging from whomever’s bed they spent the night, in the late afternoon and just write the day off as hibernated recovery. Then there are those that rise early, often too early, waking their friends with texts of “where did you go? Are you awake? Let’s get breakfast!" I would say that most of us fall somewhere in between, rising between 9 and 10am not cheery, but still able to partake in a debrief of the night before over coffee and whatever food our stomachs can handle. So with that in mind, here are a few of the best places to seek refuge from one of life's most literal indications of karma: the hangover.
Ahh Dumpling King. This is for the hangover that needs comfort, cheapness and speed. Come here wearing what you wore the night before, your pyjamas or a mixture of both, they honestly won’t care, just as long as you pay cash. The noodle soup and dumplings are filling and calming on a dodgy stomach while alternatively you can pack on the chilli and get slapped out of your sorrow.
85 Grote St, Adelaide
Open from 10:30am everyday
The Market Shed
This one is for you early risers that have already showered, dressed and exercised before most of us have gotten home. While The Market Shed is often filled with bright, fashionable families and couples, there are always tables filled with hungover companions; many having been dragged there by their blaringly bubbly friends, nursing a soy latte and some vegan lasagne. Come here if you want to detox all of the Zambreros and Jager out of your system with an acai bowl, coconut juice or halloumi burger. Get in early and order coffee first to avoid standing up for too long and try to at least put on some day-time clothes.
1 Holland St, Adelaide
Open from 9am Sundays only
Paddy’s Lantern is seriously the best regardless of your blood alcohol level, but in this instance they are particularly good for those sufferers that can only keep down limited food. Paddy’s may have a PhD in coffee, but they have a Masters in toast. Their go-to slice is a Mylor Sourdough that is heavenly on its own, or if your stomach can take it with something from their seasonal menu. Think Pumpkin Sourdough with Horseradish and Ocean Trout, or Avocado with Sumac and Fetta. They also do Soft-Boiled Eggs with Toast Soldiers, so if you are used to your mum curing your hangovers then give her a break and come here.
219 Gilbert St, Adelaide
Open from 9am on Saturdays, Closed Sundays
The Pot Food and Wine
We all know that rare specimen that can go out every weekend and still be keen for more. So for those that like some hair of the dog, The Pot Food and Wine on King William Road have some killer breakfast cocktails. There’s The D’Angelo (Vodka, Kahlua, Espresso and Agave), a Watermelon Mojito (Watermelon Vodka, Tequila, Mint, Blueberries and Agave) and the classic Bloody Mary, spiced to your liking. Not for everyone, but impressive to witness none the less.
160 King William Rd, Hyde Park
Open for breakfast from 9am Sat & Sun
Cover image used with permission by Victoria Vabolis