21 Breakfasts From Around The World

Avantika Bose & Gopa Pincha

Estimated read time < 11 minutes

‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’. At FNL, we concur with the historical maxim, thus bringing you our pick of 21 great breakfasts from all around the world.

The first couple search results displayed on my Google search bar when I type ‘Is breakfast…’ quickly catapults my research to a whole new (read: endless) universe of research studies by numerous world class scientists. There’s a fair share to be heard from food bloggers, nutritionists, and fitness enthusiasts, too — opening the floor for countless health and lifestyle debates and diet fads. While some will tell you to keep your breakfast to a minimal, others oft encourage you to make it the heaviest meal of your day. If you have the appetite of Michael Phelps or simply enjoy a breakfast fit for champion, are an occasional breakfast eater, or worse, don’t believe in breakfast at all … our selection will surely inspire you to reconsider your choices, and plausibly give you enough ideas to revise your breakfast menu once you’re through. You’re Welcome!



While modern interpretations of an Aussie breakfast now appear on many menus, the most common and traditional Australian breakfast is a big fry up. A plate of beautifully cooked farm fresh eggs, smokey bacon, grilled tomato, and mushrooms. Additionally, sausages, hash browns or baked beans and their all-time favourite topping ‘Vegemite’ on toast can be optional extras, too.


One of the top breakfast choices amongst Malaysians is Nasi Lemak. It includes slices of cucumber, fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, and hard boiled eggs served with spicy sauce on the side. The entire platter is served wrapped in a banana leaf.


A traditional Japanese breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso soup, and grilled fish. The common side dishes include tsukemono (Japanese pickles), nori (dried seasoned seaweed), natto (fermented soy beans), kobachi (small side dishes which usually consist of vegetables), and green salad.


In Russia, breakfast is known as zavtrak and is considerably heavier than other European breakfasts. It consists of buckwheat pancakes, heavy omelettes, and sandwiches filled with salted meat. Kasha, the traditional porridge, usually made of buckwheat is also eaten.


Also known as Nashta, a traditional Pakistani breakfast consists of paranthas, eggs, Indian bread or roti, qeema (minced meat), fresh seasonal fruits, shami kebab, and nuts.


The Turks begin their day with cheese and that continues pretty much throughout the day. Breakfast in Turkey means a variety of cheeses like beyaz peynir (pronounced (bay-AHZ’ PAY-neer) — fresh white cheeses similar to feta, eski kasar (pronounced es-KEE’ ka-SHAR’) — aged kashar cheese, which resembles Italy’s Romano cheese. The breakfast also includes butter, olives, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, and spicy meat.


Breakfast isn’t really a big thing in Greece and a typical tongue-in-cheek response from any local would likely be ‘coffee and a cigarette’. The typical breakfast, however, consists of coffee, bread, rusks, olive and olive oil, yogurt, cheese products, honey, fresh vegetables, pies and fresh fruit.


Italian breakfasts aren’t very lavish or big. It usually consists of a cup of cappuccino with ‘cornetto’ meaning ‘little horn’ — the Italian version of the croissant. A cornetto is softer and containing less butter compared to a croissant.



Fuul, the quintessential Egyptian breakfast food is served with grainy Egyptian pita bread, and consists of cooked and mashed fava beans. It is often served cold. It is known to be more earthy and hearty than hummus.


Breakfast is undoubtedly the highlight of the day in Austria and a variety of breads and rolls the most crucial element of the first meal of the day. Other traditional breakfast musts are cold cuts (ham, salami, etc), cheese, butter and jam, soft boiled eggs, and a cup of coffee or juice to go with it.


While the world famous Belgian waffles are really more of a touristy breakfast, traditionally, the locals prefer, not waffles, but bread and cheese, such as sliced Gouda, jam and honey, and nut spreads like Nutella.


Bread sprinkled with Vlokken and Hagelslag (commonly used chocolate-toppings on sandwiches), are unique to Dutch breakfast. It is usually accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea.


For the morning menu, the Brits go for traditional back bacons, fried or patched eggs, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, hot buttered toast, and sausages. This is often served with a slice of white or black pudding accompanied by tea, thus making up the typical English breakfast.


France does not rate high on lavish breakfasts. It usually consists of freshly baked baguettes, croissants, pain chocolat, brioche or toast, and preserves as well as café au lait (coffee with milk) to go with it.


El desayuno or breakfast in Spain, is the smallest meal of the day. The classic Spanish breakfast usually consists of a very strong cup of espresso loaded with heaps of cream accompanied by sugary churros.


Bread is the cornerstone of Moroccan cuisine and breakfast is no exception. There are different varieties of bread and pastries such as betbout, khobz, msemmen, and beghri etc. It is usually accompanied by mint or peppermint tea.


The biggest producer of maple syrup in the world opts for the obvious stack of pancakes dripped in maple syrup for breakfast. But that’s not all. A traditional breakfast in Canada also consists of cooked eggs, fried pork sausages or bacon, hash browns, toast, and lastly cereals or hot oatmeal.


Most diners in America will do a big breakfast. This typically includes bacon and eggs served alongside toast and hash browns, pancakes accompanied with either syrup or sausage or bacon, orange juice, and coffee.


Eggs, beans, cheese, corn tortillas, cheese burritos, and chiles rellenos  typically make up a traditional Mexican breakfast. This spicy and flavourful breakfast is usually accompanied by sweetened coffee sprinkled with cinnamon or fresh fruit drinks.

Costa Rica

The traditional Costa Rican breakfast consists of a dish called gallo pintogallo pinto or ‘spotted rooster’. Gallo Pinto is fried rice and black beans, lightly spiced, and is usually served with sour cream and either fried or scrambled eggs. Popular choice of drinks are coffee or fresh fruit juice to go with it.


Despite breakfast not being the most important meal of the day (lunch is), the morning coffee (a really strong one or with milk) is an integral part of the Brazilian breakfast. Freshly baked breads with butter and margarine, and ham and cheese are a popular choice for breakfast. So are fresh fruits, and the ever so popular Pão de queijo — Brazilian cheese puffs.

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