15 Different Breakfasts From Around The World (Part 1)

When you travel, you eat and you experiment with different food. Since breakfast has been the most important meal of the day, we decided to look into different meals served around the world in the morning. We asked certain travel bloggers to share their breakfast experience with us. Here is what we came up with:

1. Northern Irish Breakfast

Northern Irish Breakfast, fried egg, bacon, sausage, toast
Ulster Fry, Northern Ireland

“In Northern Ireland, local people take great pride in the national morning dish, known as an Ulster Fry. Although the items can vary, generally a generic Ulster Fry consists of the following: eggs (scrambled or preferably fried), soda bread, potato bread, fried bread, fried tomatoes, pork sausages, bacon, black pudding (dried pork blood and spices in a sliced circle). Other options: pancakes, beans and mushrooms. It’s normally washed down with a glass or orange or apple juice, following by an Irish Tea. Local brands of tea include Nambarrie and Punjana”. 

Jonny Blair at Rinadeena - the peak of the Western Wilderness Railway in Tasmania

Jonny Blair is a travel writer at Don’t Stop Living. He is in his early thirties and has an absolute passion for people, places, travel, beer and football. Sometimes all at the same time. He grew up in the town of Bangor in Northern Ireland but since leaving a decade ago,he has managed to travel, work and live around the world, visiting all 7 continents and over 70 countries in the process.

2. Hawaiian Breakfast

Hawaiian breakfast : mango, avocado, rice, egg and sausages
A typical yummy Hawaiian breakfast called Loco Moco

Loco Moco is a Hawaiian style breakfast that is a local favorite. There are many different variations of breakfast Loco moco, but basically the dish includes eggs, some type of meat (typically hamburger or Hawaiian sausage) over rice and gravy as an option. Of course breakfast is not complete without some tropical fruit and fresh papayas are grown in every backyard and always available”.


Noel Morata is a Hawaii based photographer provides photography services for event and lifestyle, corporate, portraits, editorial, personal, and stock photography for personal or commercial use.You can come and visit her photography website at Noel Morata Photography and Travel Photo Discovery

3. Norwegian Breakfast

Norwegian breakfast milk cheese bread salami
A hearty meal of bread and typical Norwegian breakfast toppings

“From left to right, there’s chicken curry, Jarslberg & mayonnaise and Jarlsberg, salami & mayonnaise. All on warm bread bought in the morning. Yum!”


Lew, from Planet Lew, is a bucket lister who is traveling, eating and listening her way around the world. Originally from Australia, she’s spent the last year based in Norway and used it as a launchpad to explore Europe. A foodie at heart, the best way to understand a city is by getting to know the food. Also a bit of an adventurer, with many travels involving hiking, cycling, diving and more!

4. Italian Breakfast

Italian breakfast cappuccino, croissant
A typical Italian breakfast

“Like every other part of the planet, Italian breakfast is a very important part of the day. To have a good start it’s important to dedicate some time, even if only few minutes, to sipping some good coffee whilst reading the daily paper, watching the news on TV or simply having a quick chat with your loved ones. At home or at the bar, the Italian ‘colazione’ is sweet.

The typical breakfast consists of an espresso or cappuccino accompanied by cookies or a sweet pastry – usually a ‘cornetto’ – which is a lighter version of the French croissant, it’s less buttery and slightly crispy on the outside with a soft middle that could be either empty or filled with cream, chocolate, jam or a combination of fillings.

Delicious Italian cappuccino
Delicious Italian coffee

There is a big diversity of breakfasts though, in fact depending on which region you are there will be different kind of sweet specialties, cakes, donuts, cookies and more to have with your morning coffee. At home people usually will make espresso using the traditional ‘caffettiera’ (mocha) and any combination of the above”.


Angloitalian, Follow Us! is the British-Italian couple of Dale (ANGLO), a mid-twenties male born in the Midlands of the United Kingdom who during the summer of 2011 on a surprise birthday trip to Venice decided “this is the life for me” and Franca (ITALIAN), a early-thirties female born in the south of Italy (the heel of the boot) who has always had a dream to travel and finally left her job, her comfort zone and sold everything she owned to set off on the journey of a lifetime.

5. Louisianan Breakfast

garlic, jalapeno cheese grits with fried eggs
Garlic, jalapeno cheese grits with fried eggs

“Growing up, my parents would make us grits and eggs– usually with bacon and toast – almost every morning before school.  Grits are a breakfast staple in America’s South. When I went to college and moved out of my parents’ house, I perfected jalapeno cheese grits. Grits are a ground-corn food of Native American origin. Modern grits are made of alkali-treated corn known as hominy”.


Lindsay is an Anthropologist and Geographer, an author and inventor of The Travel Luster where she shares stories with her readers, as well as advice and tips she comes across on her quest to be a global citizen and to better herself through travel, experience, and adventure.  Lindsay has a real passion to travel. She loves to take long trips (so far six weeks in Africa is the longest stint), but she also loves to come home, too! Sometimes she is out the door, and the country, a mere three weeks later on another four week jaunt!                             

6. Spanish Breakfast

Spanish breakfast churros and coffee
The churros

“Growing up in Spain, my parents would take me for a special breakfast treat to the Plaza de Castilla, to an old wooden shack in which they sold chocolate con churros (these days the shack is gone, replaced by highrises). The churros are a doughy type of deep-fried donut, pushed through a cooking syringe with a ridged nozzle. They are often served with a sprinkle of sugar, and the best accompaniment is a cup of piping hot chocolate so thick you could stand your spoon in it. There are many fantasticchurrerias in Spain but this shot was taken earlier this year at the Chocolateria San Gines, in Old Madrid”.


The author and creator of Women on the RoadLeyla Giray Alyanak is a former foreign correspondent with a passion for travel and improving people’s lives in developing countries. At 43 she made a major decision to reinvent herself and travel the world solo for six months. She was gone more than three years. Leyla now works for an international development agency in Geneva and she blogs at Women on the Road.

7. Malaysian Breakfast

Breakfast- Melaka-Malaysia (535)-XL
Malaysian dim sum

“I have never been much of an early riser, but while traveling through Malaysia that quickly changed. Staying in the multicultural heart of Chinatown, my mornings began at 5 am when the nearby mosque would send out a call to prayer. My boyfriend Sam interpreted this as his personal wake up call and he would proceed to drag me out of bed in order to go and get breakfast. You’re probably wondering, “who could possibly be serving breakfast at this ungodly hour?” Well, it turns out that the Chinese tea houses were open at this time to serve dim sum to their hungry patrons. Some of my favourites included shrimp dumplings (har gow), barbecue pork steamed bun (char sui baau), and pork dumplings (siu mai). Add a cup of tea to that, and it was the perfect way to start the morning”.

To find out more about dim sum check out Sam’s Ultimate Guide to Eating Dim Sum in Hong Kong.


Audrey is currently traveling around Asia on her quest to try new foods and collect more stamps for her passport. When she isn’t wandering around markets and making travel videos, you can find her blogging at ThatBackpacker.com.

8. Standard International Breakfast

International breakfast A bowl of porridge with milk, a glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee
A bowl of porridge with milk, a glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee

“The Guy’s  standard international breakfast normally consists of porridge (or some form of cereal) plus juice and a cup of coffee (picture). A more traditional English breakfast would be a full “fry up” which can consist of sausages, bacon, egg (scrambled/fried/poached), beans, hash browns and mushrooms with a side of toast“.

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The Guy is the author and creator of Flights And Frustration. A travel blog which is titled as “The rants, ramblings and ruminations of a frequent traveller.”

9. South California Breakfast

organic eggs, peppers, avocado and yummy salsa
organic eggs, peppers, avocado and yummy salsa

“While house sitting in Santa Barbara, California we were spoiled with the local, organic ingredients in so many wonderful restaurants. Avocado is a staple in southern California, so no meal would be complete without one!  We had breakfast tacos that included organic eggs, peppers, avocado and yummy salsa!” 


Kathleen is the one half of Our Favorite Adventure where she and her husband blog about their adventures since they decided to leave behind a conventional life to live a life of perpetual travel. They hope to inspire others to follow their own dreams by sharing their journey!

10. San Diego Breakfast

the Fig Tree Cafe in San Diego eggs benedict
The Fig Tree Cafe in San Diego, eggs benedict

“Breakfast is my absolute favourite meal of the day. In fact I could have it three times a day and often do! I’m a sucker for eggs done any style – scrambled, poached, as an omelette or easy over. But my all time favorite has to be eggs benedict with smoked salmon and wilted spinach with a side of roasted potatoes (home fries)”.


Natalie Sisson is a New Zealand entrepeneur and adventurer who lives in her suitcase, traveling the world and running her business, while ensuring she helps others to create freedom in business and adventure in life. She’s dedicated to playing Ultimate Frisbee, singing and dancing wherever possible and pushing her boundaries. You can read the Suitcase Entrepreneur Blog packed with articles, videos and podcast episodes on creating your ideal lifestyle and a thriving online business.

11. Hong Kong Breakfast

Dim sum

“You’ll find a day doesn’t start in Hong Kong without drinking tea and eating dim sum. Dim sum (點心) meaning, “touch the heart”, are small, bite-sized portions of food that are often served in traditional bamboo steamer baskets. Typical dim sum items include various steamed buns, dumplings and other light snacks. Each order is normally served in 3-4 pieces so that you share all the dishes amongst everyone at the table, making it a social affair”.


Originally from Chicago, Beth got her first true taste of travel when she studied abroad in Japan during her final year of university. She ended up loving Asia so much, she found herself moving right back upon graduating and is currently teaching English full-time in Hong Kong. Armed with her camera and a passion for travel, she is currently on a mission to photograph the world– proving that you can work the normal “9-5” and still find time to travel on her blog Besudesu Abroad.

12. Chinese Breakfast

Chinese steamed baozi
Steamed baozi

A traditional Chinese breakfast consists of dumplings (baozi) which go with various fillings. They are steamed or fried. They are usually stuffed with pork, beef and vegetables, and in addition provides a variety of Asian sauces such as soy-based sauce, chili, vinegar and sesame oil.

For more more options of breakfast in China you can check out our Mini Guide to Chinese Breakfast with prices attached.

13. Vietnamese Breakfast

A bowl of Vietnamese pho
A bowl of Pho

In Vietnam you can treat yourself with a bowl of hot Vietnamese soup called Pho in the morning. The soup consists of broth, rice noodles, a few herbs and a meat of your choice- beef or chicken. 

14. Tibetan Breakfast

Tibetan breakfast
Fried momos and a mug of hot chocolate

Momos are traditional dumplings (very similar to Chinese jiaozi or baozi) filled with meat or vegetables. You can get them fried or boiled depending on your preferences. They are served with oil and pepper sauce, yummy! The best drink for momos is hot chocolate. The one I had was very nice, milky and sweet, great to start your day! 

 15. Sri Lankan Breakfast

Sri Lankan breakfast A cup of sweet milky tea and a piece of cake
A cup of sweet milky tea and a piece of cake

Sri Lanka in a land of cakes and donuts so locals consume them every morning.  The most famous sweet is an oil cake made with rice flour and treacle, then deep-fried to golden brown color. There are plenty of pudding-like dishes made from coconut milk. Most of the cakes contain chilli peppers and lots of sugar. As for the drink, it’s very common to have a milky tea with plenty of sugar!

Wow, that was a proper journey across the World discovering different breakfast options! We would like to say thank you to all bloggers for contributing! If anyone would like to participate representing your country for the part 2 of the post, please can send me your ideas at [email protected]

What is your favourite breakfast and where did you have it?

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  • What an awesome idea to document breakfasts from around the world!! Here in Taiwan, there are some traditional breakfast items but most opt to eat a sandwich, burger, egg pancake with bacon, ham, or corn, and a radish cake that is prepared right in front of you at a breakfast stand which opens at the crack of dawn!!

    Oh, and the Hawaiian Breakfast looks very delicious and I would love to try the Mexican one as well!!

    Looking forward to reading part 2!!!

  • How could I turn down writing about my favorite meal of the day – BREAKFAST. Love this round up and so fascinating to see breakfasts from all around the world.

  • Agness, this post is absolutely fantastic and has me hungry!!! I am delighted to have the Ulster Fry featured on it and am itching to try some of the ones I havent yet had. Love the look of the Mexican one. Safe travels. Jonny

    • Thank you! It’s awesome you provided us with a nice picture of yummy Irish breakfast! :) Safe travels!

  • what a neat idea!
    If you need pictures for a Japanese breakfast, I have plenty.

    The Mexican breakfast is my favorite on this list. So yummie!

    • The Irish breakfast looks great, but I don’t eat much meat so bacon and sausages are not my favourite. Is Ireland that expensive? Wow, didn’t know.

  • Since I’m from Southern CA and lived in San Diego for a couple years, I can back you up on what a typical (nice) breakfast out is there. Spot on! And I still have to have avocado every morning at home with my eggs :) Thanks from the post – can’t wait to visit all these countries and try breakfast while there.

    • Hey Roberta! Thanks for sharing. I often have avocado with eggs for my lunch or snack when I get bored of Chinese food :).

  • Yum! The South Californian looks delicious!! I absolutely love breakfast and can’t wait to try different breakfasts around the world when traveling!

  • That So Cal breakfast looks delicious! Looking at all of these pictures has made me super hungry… time to go grab some lunch!

    Can’t wait to read part 2 :)

  • My favorite breakfasts traveling were in Guatemala: eggs, beans, and FRIED PLANTAINS. I could write epic poems about those plantains. My mouth is watering now, just thinking about them. I will order plantains anytime I see them on a menu, but I have yet to find anything close to that magical
    Guatemalan version.

    • Thanks for sharing. I never tried plantains, but I guess there are yummy :)! You can share a photo of them with us if you want to :)

  • That made me hungry. My favorite breakfast is a New Mexican breakfast burrito smothered in green chile. I hope you get to NM breakfasts in part 2. We have two breakfast posts, one is dedicated to the breakfast burrito. Feel free to use one of our photos if you mention my local favorite.

  • Great article and very “yammy” photos!!! The Hawaiian Breakfast caught my eyes too. Don’t forget to mention the greek breakfast. Additionally many region of Greece have different breakfast! Looking forward for part 2…

    • Thanks Antonio. Do you have any photo of Greek breakfast. I stayed in Crete a few days in August, but I didn’t have a typical Greek breakfast, just some scrambled eggs, yogurt and some bread :(

  • What a great idea for an article Agness. This clearly shows the great variety we have around the world on what is the most important meal of the day.

    Also many thanks for asking me to contribute to such an informative article.

    • Dear The Guy,
      I loved the idea as well as I love eating and trying different food. Some breakfasts really look delicious, nutritious and healthy. I can’t read it on an empty stomach though :). Many thanks for contributing. We really appreciate it! xx

  • Agness, these all look so amazing and your post is spooky/ironic!! I bought too many eggs this last weekend and was just hour ago looking up breakfast recipes. And I stumbled upon your post by accident just now. And I’m glad I did! :) I’ve never had either in Ireland or England (because I haven’t been to either yet) but I think the Ulster Fry and Full English Breakfast are similar? Is that correct? I just recently made a Cowboy Quiche borrowed off of The Pioneer Woman website that was out of sight. And this next weekend is Eggs Benedict and SuperSonic Breakfast Burrito. Loved your post! :)

    • Hi Mike. Thanks for stopping by. An Ulster Fry is not dissimilar to a Full English but may also have soda bread and is served again, throughout the day.I tried them both, but I don’t like meat so I had it without bacon and sausages. When I have too many eggs left I make pancakes (high fiber and high protein). You just need 3 egg whites, 4 spoons of oatmeal, a tablespoon of skimmed/almond/coconut milk and a dash of cinnamon. I also add some mashed bananas and kiwis. Yummy and healthy!!

  • I love breakfast and traveling has allowed me to try so many different dishes I would have never considered for my first meal of the day before: noodles, rice soup, etc..
    Portugal is a great food destination, but not really for breakfast: we’re kinda boring just having coffee and toast or bread with butter/jam, cheese or ham most of the time. We also have tons of pastries, that is for breakfast of any other time of the day really!.. So fans of cooked heavy breakfast might not get their kicks. When in Portugal, save your appetite for the rest of the day! ;)

    • I know. It was weird for me to have some rice or dumplings for breakfast as well, but you can easily get used to it. Portuguese breakfast sounds so much like Italian/French. I hope to make it to Portugal, the food looks amazing :)

  • Nice post Agnes, you should add Indonesian Breakfast too, hihihihihi
    we have many different food as a breakfast menu, but the most common is Nasi Uduk , it’s rice that have been cooked with coconut milk and serves with many kind of side dish. it tastes really good, you should try it if you come to my country ;)

    • Pho is always good. It reminds me a lot of Polish broth – a traditional soup served every Sunday in Poland. So yummy and healthy! Right now I’m sticking to my pancakes and omelettes :)

  • Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day—before we started traveling, I loved the weekends because it would give me the chance to make really elaborate, decadent breakfasts. The approach to breakfast in Asia is definitely different, but no less filling. At first I thought I would really miss toast and eggs, but now I have to say, a big bowl of pho feels right in the morning. And don’t even get me started on dim sum… :D

    Great series, guys!

    • Hahahha, same here Steph. When I firstly came to China I was like “Are you kidding me? Dumplings for breakfast?” and then I could not imagine waking up and not having at least one of them :))))). Many thanks xx

  • what a great article! im a big fan of the Irish Breakfast or any type of breakfast fry up in the UK. Also the Turkish breakfast! or any Turkish food really

  • What a great idea for a post! I love all of these choices and including the San Diego breakfast :) It has made me so hungry right now. I’m usually not a breakfast person but I’ll think of something and send one your way soon. Love the churros con chocolate. Thanks for the foodie trip around the world.

    • Thank you so much Mary. If you have a picture of different breakfast idea representing San Diego, feel free to share it in Part 2 :). I’m currently collecting photos so it would be lovely if you wanted to contribute. I had some churros in Brussels, there were so delicious, especially soaked in white chocolate mmmmm :)

  • Oh my gosh, churros for breakfast? I think I need to move to Spain! Momos are amazing too, I ate them while on trek in Nepal – not for breakfast, but got them a fair bit for lunch! Delicious.

  • Fab post!! I am slightly biased and love the Swedish breakfast with sour milk and strong coffee but of course when in Rome…. well, I am open to try different new types of breakfast when travelling and little beats caffe creme and croissants when in Italy and France.

    • Hi Malin. It’s the same with us. Now we are so flexible and adventurous with the food we have that we can easily tackle some dumplings, croissants or even Thai bugs :)

  • what a cool post! ive had many of these breakfasts and it’s really cool to be able to see them here and compare them! i def dont love the norwegian breakfast (partially because you eat the same thing for lunch and after dinner snack…boring and too much for me). i really love the louisiana one ;) i grew up in virginia and grits are a staple there as well!

    i feel so boring eating fruit or rolled oats for breakfast most days. i need to amp things up!

    • Thanks Megan! Yep, Louisiana breakfast looks so yummy. Do Norwegian people eat the same food for their breakfast and after dinner snack? It sounds really boring, like some Chinese having rice all the time. Try protein pancakes, omelettes, fruits juices and fried sausages!

  • YUM! Love seeing the variety of breakfasts from around the world! I meant to email you one from South Carolina, USA but time got away from me. If it’s not too late, I’ll try to get it to you for part two!

  • Great post and great idea for a blog post too!

    This makes me think what the common breakfast for the people in UAE are. It’s just my first week here and I realized I’m eating chapatties and curries versus Pho in Vietnam ;-)

  • My favourite meal of the day is breakfast!! Great options in here too. In Australia though no breakfast is complete without vegemite on toast and a cup of tea or coffee. Vegemite is an acquired taste but when I travel a jar goes with me always! Even if to see the local reaction to when people try it :-) I would love to give you an Aussie perspective for part 2 if interested?

  • I really really like the photographs of breakfasts around the world. Can I send you a photo of a Nicaraguan breakfast if you need more photos for Part 2? I was there two Xmas ago and it was fantastic. Thanks, booker

    • If you want to contribute, send a photo of your favourite breakfast and I’ll add it to the rest for Part 2 :)

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  • It is all about the Italian Breakfast for me. I have always loved the fresh pastries and way they cook bacon in France, but nothing quite compares to the way the Italians approach it.

    Nothing beats a strong cappuccino with your freshly baked fruit or pastries.

    Hmm it is making me hungry now just thinking about it.

    Have a GREAT Christmas Guys!

  • While the Italian breakfast looks amazing, I’m more of a savory breakfast person. The San Diego breakfast made me happy. I distinctly remember that being my favorite part of that city. That and walking downtown for breakfast in 70 degrees in December.
    I just had breakfast and this makes me hungry!

  • Hi Agnes– we lived in Spain for 12 years and had churros and chocolate every Sunday morning! You’re picture sure made me miss those mornings! Now we live in California– and love the breakfast tacos– but the breakfast I’d more like to try is that Vietnamese bowl of noodles! What a fun post– you found the best breakfasts from everywhere!!

    • Hi guys. That’s so lovely to hear! Thank you for your kind words. Churros and chocolate every Sunday morning? Yummy! I bet you miss these days. Enjoy your travels x

  • Great post, so interesting seeing all of the breakfasts from different locations around the world. I think it looks like the Hawaiians and the Italians do it best! I’d happily eat one of either of those breakfasts :)

  • Great compilation of international breakfast, there. The Asian ones are the most intriguing, as I struggled to eat spicy food for breakfast in Malaysia and Vietnam. I usually go for practicality and, in this case, I’ll probably stay with the Italian breakfast. :-)

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