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Published September 11th 2011
It's common to feel terrible after a big night out. Drinking plenty of water and pacing your drinks always sound like a good idea in hindsight, but are somehow difficult to put into practice. Melbourne can offer plenty of places to go out and party, but once you've woken up with a sore throat and a pounding headache, can it help with that as well? Here's a few suggestions for when you're sick and in the city.
Big Breakfast at Café Andiamo
Café Andiamo, on Degraves St, is known for reliability rather than standing out from the crowd. That's okay, though – you're probably in no state to appreciate haute cuisine anyway. The big breakfast – eggs, grilled tomato, mushroom, bacon – is one of the simplest and best ways to beat a hangover. A lot of the feeling-under-the-weather that comes with a hangover is being hungry and sick at the same time: if you can manage to eat something as soon as possible, your body will start feeling better. Don't risk eating something with a strange taste – sashimi or crab sushi might have been delicious last night, but you'll regret it if you eat it in the morning.
This is also a better place to get coffee than Tropicana Juice/Food Bar. It's no Degraves Espresso (conveniently located opposite), but it's best to keep it simple and drink your coffee with breakfast. Like most places on Degraves, Café Andiamo offers breakfast until fairly late, so don't worry about waking up in the early afternoon.
Juice at Tropicana Juice/Food Bar
The décor might be too bright for a foul mood, and the relentlessly cheery staff may inspire violent thoughts, but you'll want to grit your teeth and bear it. Fruit juice – especially citrus – is full of vitamins you need to replenish yourself and feel better. There's an incredible variety of juice combinations on offer (including a mysterious mixture that they refuse to release the recipe for), so whatever your tastes you can be sure to find a juice to help your hangover. Rehydrate and enjoy the benefits of simple carbs at the same time.
Tropicana Juice/Food Bar is at 213 Elizabeth St, probably close to wherever you misspent the night. You can also grab a quick meal, but there are better places to do that, such as…
Lord of the Fries and the Yarra River
Once you're starting to feel a little better, it's time to hit the hangover with a one-two combo: greasy food and a bench in the sunlight. If you're vegetarian or vegan, don't worry: Lord of the Fries is all-vegetarian and has vegan options. Get a paper bag full of chips or a burger at the Lord of the Fries in Flinders St Station, or at the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders St, and make your way down through Federation Square to the Yarra River. It's quiet down there, and most importantly, shaded while not being too dark.
Sunlight might hurt your eyes, but your body will be glad for the Vitamin D (although perhaps not for the fast food.) Take your time eating, and keep a bottle of water on hand for the salty chips.
These won't be an instant cure, but they might turn a horrible day into a merely bad one. If you've got any other tips for beating a hangover in Melbourne, or you've tried one of these already and it didn't work for you, share your knowledge in the comments. We'd love to hear from you – preferably before our next big night out.