Breakfast around the world

Breakfast around the world

Eva Piperevska

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day. It may look and taste different depending on where you come from.

Creamy cornbread cake in Brazil, savory Tunisian chickpea soup, tamagoyaki sweet rolled omelet in Japan, sweet coconut jam toasts in Singapore, etc.. all of these international specialties offer a breakfast option for every palate.

In our story today, we will tell you a little bit more about the rich diversity of breakfast in 13 different countries around the world:


A traditional Japanese breakfast is likely different from any other kind of breakfast you'll ever experience. Typically, it consists of steamed rice, miso soup, a protein such as grilled fish, and various side dishes. There's also tamagoyaki, a slightly sweet rolled omelet made from thin layers of egg in a rectangular pan that gives it its signature shape.


One of the items most central to an Icelandic breakfast is hafragrautur or oatmeal. When preparing this the dish, oats are cooked with water or milk in a pot. The oatmeal gets topped with a bit of brown sugar, some raisins or even a part of butter. Another favorite breakfast is skyr, which is the protein-packed yogurt-cheese. Some people also mix skyr into their hafragrautur!


An Aussie breakfast can take many forms, but the most common is the big fry up - a plate of beautifully cooked farm fresh eggs, smokey bacon, grilled tomato, and mushrooms.

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With a focus on fresh produce, whole grains, and nourishing combinations, Australian breakfasts can range from the classic avocado toast on seeded bread to a farro bowl topped with a poached egg and pickled vegetables or rice pudding with yogurt, seeds, and berries.



In Argentina, breakfast is a thoroughly simple affair. Facturas is the overarching term for pastries encompasses a sweet and doughy world of shapes, sizes, and flavors. Some of the more popular offerings include tostadas (toast); medialunas, a croissant-shaped brioche pastry; fried doughnuts; and churros, which are often dipped in chocolate. They'll be served with coffee and orange juice. Anywhere serving anything extravagant – including yogurt or fruit – or any form of cooked eggs is catering to tourists.


Pão de queijo - A typical Brazilian food which is a small baked cheese-flavored roll. Cakes - unfrosted and simple cakes are the most common, such as orange, banana, and corn cakes. The other breakfast options include sweet cereals, as well as muesli and granola - usually served with milk or yogurt. 


In the land of many wursts, it's not surprising that sausage and other meats take a starring role in frühstück, the traditional German breakfast.

Typically, the German breakfast is a simple one; it consists of different varieties of Brötchen (bread rolls), marmalade or jam, chocolate spread, cheeses, hams, salami, Schwarzwälder, and honey.

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Savory meals will love lablabi, a spiced chickpea soup - that is breakfast food in Tunisia. Chickpeas and harissa paste are the two constants in virtually every lablabi recipe, but the customizations of this simple, soul-warming soup are up to every cook. Thickened with pieces of stale crusty bread, brightened by a squeeze of lemon, creamy with yogurt or topped with olives, there are infinite ways to enjoy it!


A typical Turkish breakfast, known as 'kahvaltı' (kah-VAHL'-tuh) consists of fresh cheeses like feta and kashkaval, black and green olives, fresh-baked white bread, fruit preserves, honey, sweet butter and plenty of brewed black tea served in Turkish tea glasses.

Kaymak, sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage, can be eaten with eggs), pastırma, börek, simit, poğaça, and soups are eaten as a morning meal in Turkey.


Jamaica's most favorite meal isn't a jerk lunch or dinner—it's breakfast. Ackee, a delicately sweet pear-shaped fruit, is sautéed with salt cod, tomatoes, garlic, chilies and onions in a breakfast scramble that brings together sweet, salty, and spicy for a one-of-a-kind island taste. Though it looks similar to scrambled eggs, that's just the creamy yellow ackee, Jamaica's national fruit, in the dish.




On weekdays, the Swiss frequently stick to quick but filling breakfasts like the traditional birchermüesli, the granola-style blend of oats with fruit and nuts that are usually served over thick yogurt.

But on weekends, it's time for Swiss brunch! Along with roesti (potato pancakes), cheeses, and cold cuts, the centerpiece of the brunch table is zopf. This braided egg bread is similar to challah or brioche and served with honey, butter, and jam.

United States of America

Cold cereal, it finds, tops the list of most common breakfast foods, cited by 31% of those who eat breakfast. Other options are eggs (with or without bacon or ham), a bagel, toast, muffins or pastry. When it comes to classic American brunch, you can't go wrong with fluffy buttermilk pancakes stacked high alongside a pile of crispy bacon.


It is very common for Russian families to have kasha (a type of porridge made from different grains), butterbrots (a kind of sandwich made of a single slice of bread and one topping such as butter or ham), boiled or fried eggs, tvorog (similar to cottage cheese) or cereal for breakfast.

Did you know that caviar is a Russian breakfast food? Whether red or black caviar, it remains a favorite topping for large, folded crepe-like blini or small, thick oladyi pancakes at weekend brunches. Most importantly, a pot of black tea is a fixture on every breakfast table.


A typical breakfast in India varies depending on the region but is often quite similar to a lunch or dinner. A breakfast plate in India might include roti (flatbread), dosas (thin crepes made of lentils) or idlis (steamed rice-dough pancakes), and different dips and chutneys, as well as spiced potatoes.

Have you ever tried some of these breakfasts before? If you have sent us your story, we would love to know your experiences. 

In the meantime, go to our store and prepare your delicious breakfast by choosing some of our pleasant local breakfast essentials.