It’s always breakfast-time somewhere around the world, but just what are people in other countries eating for their morning meal?
If you’re travelling your way around the world, one week you could find yourself tucking into a huge Bondi Breakfast ready for a day of surfing in Australia, or piling your plate high with cold meats and fresh cheese, ready for a day of sightseeing in Germany.
It’s truly amazing to see just how different breakfast can be around the world, so we’ve gathered together all the different types of breakfasts we could think of, so you don’t think you’ve woken up at dinner time when in fact, it’s breakfast!
AUSTRALIA: Aussies love Vegemite enough to pile it on their morning toast every day, however when it’s treat day, they will opt for something known locally as ‘The Bondi Breakfast’. This epic breakfast consists of poached eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, and avocado all served with thick slices of sourdough toast. Perfect for fueling up for a day doing watersports in the surf!
BRAZIL: Brazilians like a strong milky coffee whilst chowing down a plate of ham, cheese and bread. They are also partial to Feijoada, a thick soup made with black beans and different meats.
CHINA: Traditional breakfasts vary by region, but the combination of fried dough sticks (or “you tiao”) and warm soy milk is beloved by millions. Dim sum and hot soups like congee are also popular.
COLOMBIA: Colombia is famous for its coffee, but breakfast revolves around the “arepa”, a dense, slightly sweet corn cake that’s served with butter and a whole array of toppings. This delicious and cheap snack Is available day or night, on pretty much every street corner.
COSTA RICA: Gallo Pinto is the standard breakfast spread in Costa Rica. It’s made from black beans, rice, optional soured cream, salsa and a corn tortilla. Costa Ricans will often have a bit of avocado, fried ripe plantain or cold meat on the side.
CUBA: Tostada is the typical breakfast in Cuba. The grilled, buttered bread is usually eaten or dunked into a milky coffee, or ‘café con leche’ the Spanish speaking country call it.
FRANCE: A traditional breakfast is coffee and either baguette or croissant. Like Cubans, the French often dip their buttered bread into coffee.
GERMANY: Like many European countries, the Germans love digging into an assortment of fresh breads, cold meats, local cheeses, butter and jam.
INDIA: Because there are so many regions in India, it’s difficult to pin down a national breakfast. You will often find a tray of chutneys, dips and breads like roti.
ITALY: In the nation of style and food, Italians usually go for a cappuccino and brioche slathered with chocolate.
ICELAND: People in Iceland love a hearty and warm breakfast to fend off those icy cold mornings. This is why they love porridge, or as the Icelandic people call it Hafragrautur. Usually served with a sprinkle of brown sugar and a few raisins or nuts on top.
ISRAEL: Originally only enjoyed by residents of the Kibbutz region of Israel, the most common Israeli breakfast place consists of a variety of hard and soft cheeses, fresh juice, olives, jam and butter.
JAPAN: Traditional breakfasts include miso soup, steamed white rice, pickled vegetables, and proteins like fish and Japanese omelette (or “tamagoyaki”).
NETHERLANDS The Dutch certainly have a sweet tooth. Dutch pancakes are usually thinner than their American Counterpart They usually served with a thick, dark syrup called ‘stroop’.
POLAND: Known locally as Jajecznica, a traditional Polish breakfast consists of scrambled eggs covered with slices of spicy kielbasa. Sometimes, the sausage and egg is served with freshly fried potato pancakes.
RUSSIA: Griddle cakes are huge in Russia. There’s the very popular cheese-stuffed syrniki, which is a crepe-like blini made with kefir. Kefir is made by mixing kefir grains with either goat or cow’s milk, and then fermenting until a yogurt like consistency is achieved.
SPAIN: Pan con tomate, or toast with grated tomato spread, is a popular savoury breakfast in Spain. Just rub some bread with fresh garlic and plenty of ripe tomato, then drizzle with olive oil and salt. For a treat, many restaurants and vendors sell churros, which are fried dough, served with cinnamon sugar and chocolate sauce.
UNITED STATES: Breakfast foods vary widely from place to place, but you will almost always find eggs and potatoes, served with crispy bacon and herby sausage.
ENGLAND: The Traditional English Breakfast is famous the world over, with Beans, sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns served with a side of buttery toast.
SCOTLAND: Scots love a hot bowl of porridge, for those cold mornings in the highlands. Porridge actually originates there and has been a staple for centuries, since late medieval times. The world has come a long way since then and porridge now comes in many quick and tasty forms. Check out this awesome range from MOMA for some ideas.