Food and drink is South Australia’s bag, but what many don’t realise is our abundance of great places to nosh a great after-hours feed. From restaurants open until the wee hours, to eateries running 24 hours a day, there is a literal smorgasbord for you to munch on. Here’s a handy Fritz list of the all-stars of late-night Adelaide eats.
Cafe De Villi’s – Open 24/7
Let’s start with the proverbial cherry on the late-night-eating cake – Cafe De Villi’s. Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, the all night eatery is a true blue (and white) icon. Located at Mile End and Blair Athol, you can tuck into a pie-floater, frog cake or curry at any hour of the day or night. One of the biggest selling points of the cafe (besides the food) is the characters you’ll meet at any given moment. There’s nothing more South Aussie than stuffing your face with a Villi’s pie at 4am with some of the state’s best fellow late-night pie-loving folk.
Bakery on O’Connell – Open 24/7
The next time you’ve got a hankering for some baked goods and it’s the witching hour, keep the Bakery On O’Connell in mind. They serve all your bakery favourites as well as salads, wraps, sandwiches, desserts and coffee, not to mention a huge range of vegan options. They’re open 24/7 so you needn’t fret about them running out of your craving.
Cafe Chennai – Open until 3 am
The name is a bit misleading, as Chennai is certainly more restaurant than cafe. And you cannot chennai the quality. Ask any taxi driver where they like to get a late night feed and Chennai will surely be the answer. Open until 3am, serving home-style southern Indian cuisine, it’s no wonder this Prospect baby is so well known amongst the late night crew. We’re particularly in love with Chennai’s samosa chaat – a delicious dumpling covered in chutney and yoghurt sauce.
Indian Temptations – Open until 2am
This Blair Athol bistro is yet another taxi-driver favourite. The name says it all here really. In our opinion, the take-outs are better than sit-in, but only because the cooking is so fresh and fragrant, you’ll end up smelling like the dishes should you dine indoors. We prefer our lounge and couch taste like scrumptious take-away. Trust us, it’s the best Chicken Tikka and Vindaloo in town after 11pm.
San Giorgio – Open until 12:45am Mon-Fri, and 3:45am Sat & Sun
This Rundle Street institution has fed many hungry bellies over the last couple of decades. They continue this tradition these days by catering to the midnight crew, open well into the wee hours. The menu is traditionally Italian and traditionally delicioso – think pizza, pasta and everything in between. Our hot tip? The San Giorgio House Pizza is a stand-out, but anything on their menu is sure to soothe your drunken hunger.
Australia’s Pizza House, West Terrace – Sun – Thur open til 3 am, Fri – Sat open til 5 am
This polarising pizza place is sure to remain in South Australian dining history for many decades to come. Just like vegemite, you’re either an avid fan of the West Terrace establishment or you’re completely horrified by the thought of it. But let’s face it, they’re open until 3am (5am Friday and Saturdays) and anything at that time of night is a precious jewel if you are a few sheets to the wind. Our personal opinion is simple – several menu items are delicious and some should be avoided like a glass of Torrens water (we’re looking at you, AB Mango).
Cafe Brunelli – 24/7
Café Brunelli has been an Adelaide staple since 1989. Their claim to fame is introducing SA to the wood-fired pizza, as well as the genius invention of dessert pizza. But in our hungry opinion, their biggest drawcard is that they’re open twenty-four-bloody-hours! That’s right, you can stroll in at any time of the night or morning and get yourself a Puttanesca and garlic bread like it ain’t no thing. And if you can’t get off the couch, then you can order takeaway from 11:30am to 6am, which is deliciously dangerous for both your bank and your belly.
The Original Pancake Kitchen – 24/7
The OG Pancake Kitchen opened in 1965. It’s hard to fathom how many late night punters they’ve served over those years. She may be getting a bit old and tired, but this midnight mistress is still full of character. Even though enormous servings of pancakes are their main attraction, they also do burgers, ‘hero’ dogs, nachos and our personal favourite – cottage potatoes. The old girl’s position next to Hindley Street can mean dubious service at times, but it’s all part of her fun and charm.
Have you got a favourite late night eatery? Let us know in the comments below.