So you've barbecued your way through everything in the freezer, cleared out the Eskies, spent the afternoon in a children's paddling pool and woken up feeling a tad worse for wear. That's the Australia Day weekend done and dusted, right? Time to staple the curtains closed and crawl back under the covers.
Um, no. We don't think so. As upstanding citizens of good moral character, we refuse to stand by and let your Australia Day weekend finish on such a bum note. It's basically your patriotic duty to squeeze as much out of the long weekend as possible. Plus, is there anything more fantastic than rising on a Monday morning with a to-do list that begins with 'get dressed' and ends with 'find coffee'? Whether you're in search of a hangover-bashing breakfast or detoxifying lunch date, it's time to get out of those pyjamas and soak up our guide to what's open in Brisbane this Australia Day.
Kettle & Tin
Let the Paddington favourite show you what a real Australia Day brekky looks like. Eggs Benedict, sweet potato waffles and roasted pumpkin have all done recent stints on the Kettle & Tin breakfast menu and we defy anyone not to feel rejuvenated after slurping down a Pineapple, Ginger, Mint and Honey Smash.
Coco Bliss Superfood Bar
Craving some fruit and veggie goodness after yesterday's barbecue binge? We hear ya. Coco Bliss's empowering green breakfast smoothies are basically recuperation in liquid form and their fruit 'n' muesli acai bowls make the perfect takeaway breakfast if you can't quite handle the outside world yet.
Palace Centro, James Street
To celebrate Aus Day, the lovely folks at Palace Centro are treating film fans to $5 movie tickets for the whole long weekend! Because there is not better cure for a hangover than a movie and a handmade choc top. Book ahead so you don't miss a spot!
Up for round two? The West End whisky den is open from 5pm until midnight this Monday and with over 150 whiskies behind the bar, as well as some pretty potent summer cocktails— your Australia Day celebrations will be all too easy to extend.
Paw Paw Cafe
Okay, so we've already told you about how it's one of our breakfast faves, but Paw Paw deserves your public holiday patronage for more than just its corn fritters (although we strongly suggest you try those too). Coax the survivors from last night's bash out of bed with the promise of a generous stack of chocolate pancakes, or at least a breakfast burrito.
Alfred & Constance
Maybe you made it down to the Fortitude Valley Queenslander for their Australia Day extravaganza last night, but that's not to say you can't pop by again today. This time, opt for a leisurely lunch; Alfred & Constance's current menu features spiced sesame chicken with fresh mozzarella and chorizo, alongside an array of freshly made salads. So good, you'll completely forget about going back to work tomorrow.
Stuck in the suburbs this Australia Day? That doesn't have to mean sacrificing a great breakfast. Picnic Cafe, one of the city's coolest new casual dining hangouts, recently set up shop in Camp Hill and has been busy covering southeast dwellers' culinary needs with everything from wholesome breakfasts to late night cocktails. The latest venture from the brains behind Green Papaya, it was always sure to be a winner.
Cru Bar & Cellar
Continue the weekend's celebrations by teaming one of the many Australian wines on Cru Bar & Cellar's impressive drinks list with a generous sharing platter. Crisp fried calamari in rice flour with baked haloumi and pumpkin is just as delish as it sounds.
A Bungalow 4171 breakfast menu and some of its signature vintage decor is just what the doctor ordered after a heavy night of celebration. If AM feels too painful, the Hawthorne cafe will also be serving lunch (slow cooked shredded beef rib hoagie on Turkish bread with cheese and rocket, anyone?) until 2pm.
The Brunswick Street cafe's breakfast menu is served until three and includes hungover favourites like avocado on toast and scrambled eggs, as well as a luxurious sounding salmon and sweet potato pancake. Pair that with one of their infamous 'buckets' of coffee and you know you've done the Australia Day weekend right.
Want to keep things simple this Australia Day? Head over to West End for Gunshop Cafe's failsafe breakfast menu. You can't go wrong with their perennially popular poached eggs and the laid back decor is perfect for those still feeling a little delicate.
Watt Restaurant and Bar
Coming to the rescue of yet another public holiday, Watt Restaurant and Bar eases you out of the weekend with riverside views and an extensive wine collection. Their zucchini, sorrel and crumbled goat's cheese risotto isn't bad either.
Pop by our Newstead favourite, Green Beacon, for a touch of hair of the dog and help these micro brewers celebrate their very first birthday. Doors are open from 12pm.
Image credit: Daniel Maddock