16 Different Breakfasts From Around The World (Part 2)

Are you a travel foodie and breakfast is your favorite meal of the day? If so, you are in the right place now! We asked certain travel bloggers to share their breakfast experience with us and similarly to our latest post on 15 Different Breakfasts From Around The World (Part 1), we came up with some nice food recommendations so get yourself ready for a culinary journey around world in search of nutritious and yummy breakfasts!

16 different Breakfasts from around the world

1. South Indian Breakfast.

People in India take their meals quite seriously and breakfast in South India is no exception! All over the country, the first meal of the day is not a “grab & go” affair, quite the opposite! Indian people tend to have cooked breakfast, with more than one item and preparations can be fairly time consuming. In South India (particularly the state of Tamil Nadu) 2 dishes stand out for breakfast: dosas and idli.

Dosa is somehow similar to a crepe, but savory. It’s made with fermented rice batter and black lentils. It can have a filling (normally curried potatoes and/or vegetables) but plain dosa is more common for breakfast. It will always be accompanied by sambar, which is a stew-like preparation with lentils and vegetables, ideal to dip your dosa in!

Idlis are steamed cakes made out of rice and black lentils. They do not have much taste on their own, and that’s why you’re supposed to eat them along with chutneys such as tomato, coconut and mint (also served with dosas).

Dosa with sambar
Dosa with sambar.

You can add some fruits to breakfast and plain yogurt too – this is great to balance the level of spiciness in your palate (and this applies even to locals, as South Indians like it HOT!). And because we’re talking about India, a cup of chai (sweet milky tea) will ALWAYS be included during breakfast time!

Idli with chutneys
Idli with chutneys.

Zara is a Portuguese girl who quit her job in Dubai 2 years ago to travel around the world with her Indian lover-boy Ashray. They’re the team behind Backpack ME, a travel site that aims to share tips and ideas with people all over the place, inspiring them to go travel, no matter where they come from! A&Z are East meets West and Backpack ME is all about a multicultural perspective on travel.

2. Japanese breakfast.

Japanese breakfasts are filling, healthy, and a great way to start the day. The most common combination is a bowl of miso soup, a bed of rice, fish, and pickled radishes. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day in Japan and I love how I can always start the day on a full stomach. The type of fish and flavor of miso soup changes depending on the region, which makes breakfast one of the funnest ways to taste your way across Japan.

a bowl of miso soup, a bed of rice, fish, and pickled radishes.
Traditional Japanese breakfast – a bowl of miso soup, a bed of rice, fish, and pickled radishes.

Grace Buchele Mineta is an American engaged to a Japanese businessman, living in Tokyo. As a part-time blogger and full-time student, she enjoys backpacking throughout Japan, writing about Tokyo, and learning the sophisticated styles of Japanese cooking. For more, check out her blog.

3. Breakfast in Montreal.

Waking up to this breakfast at La Loggia B&B in Montreal made it very easy to get out of bed each morning. The fresh and local breads, cheeses, and eggs were definitely the highlight!

fresh and local breads, cheeses, and eggs were definitely the highlight!

Emma is a 25-year old permanent nomad from the UK. She started travel writing after a trip to India in 2010. It was such a culture shock for me that I felt like it had to be written down. She was out there for 5 months and was blown away by the continent.Follow her epic travels on her blog.

4. Coffee.

I don’t like breakfast. I don’t know what the deal is. I like breakfast FOOD. But whenever I crawl out of bed half dead from exhaustion for no particular reason other than I always wake up that way, eating is the last thing on my mind. I feel like a concussed zombie who can barely see in front of his own eyeballs. The one concoction that gives me peace of mind…is coffee. In all its forms. Rare is the day that coffee fails to lift my spirits, brighten my eyes, and warm my soul. Many a cold winter morning was spent in Italy hunched over a steaming cup of espresso, or a cappuccino, or whatever they gave me when I pointed at someone’s mug, and the memories run deep, as the only bit of warmth, metaphorical or otherwise, that was offered to me by the universe that winter. Coffee. My one and only breakfast food. How I love thee.

A cup of coffee
A cup of coffee.

Eytan Levy is a pretentious English major who can’t get enough of traveling around the world, and discovering the sort of unexpected cultural differences that help people rethink what it means to be normal. You can find more of his work on 20literadventure.

5. Moroccan Breakfast.

Though the national drink is the Mint Tea, Coffee is also widely consumed during the day. A fresh squeezed orange juice is also common (usual price 10DH) The breakfast consist in bread and toast, Moroccan style crepes, honey, butter and olives. Many touristic places will offer a set for approximately 20-25 dirhams (2,5-3$) with plenty of bread, homemade crepes, cheese and definitely, olives. You can also buy your favourite items of the breakfast separate.

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Noelia enjoying her breakfast in Morocco.
Moroccan breakfast
A table full of Moroccan delicacies served in the morning.

Noelfy used to be a girl who dreamed with traveling the world. That was 20 years ago. Now she is making her dreams true. Animal lover and in love with the nature, dislikes the routine, refuses to have a “normal” life and has already visited +62 countries in less than 26 years and still counting. Working as a Flight Attendant, Cruise Ship Hostess or whatever that allows her to travel for free. She has the “no limits” attitude and wants to encourage people to break down limits and travel the world with no fear!

6. Thai Breakfast.

We had our first dim sum breakfast in Trang, Thailand. A town where most people don’t linger for more than a day. I’m not a morning person but the owner of the hostel we were staying at assured me it would be worth it. Totally was. We had a few more dim sum breakfasts while we stayed in Trang and I fell in love.

Thai breakfast
Thai breakfast

I did some research on where to have the best dim sum breakfasts and somehow I found some information about a restaurant in Ipoh, Malaysia. It was never our plan to stop in Ipoh but I convinced Nick to go there because I really wanted to try the dim sum breakfast. Turns out it was the best breakfast I ever had.

A guy is enjoying a Thai breakfast
Nick enjoying his Thai breakfast.

The serving ladies were amazing. They gave us the perfect table and rolled up multiple trolleys filled with the tastiest dim sum. We wanted to try it all but were able to control ourselves, albeit barely. We ate until we couldn’t move anymore and than some. It was SO GOOD. The steamed chestnut cake, all of the buns, the rice noodles, the vegetables. Eating a huge dim sum breakfast in that restaurant is the only reason you’ll ever need for going to Ipoh.


Sparrow in Space is Angela, a designer and blogger with a great love of all things real. Together with her boyfriend and business partner Nick, she is traveling around the world looking for a place to call home.
She believes that anything is possible and her greatest wish is to swim with whales. On her blog Sparrow in Space she tells about her life, the food Nick cooks and is a source of inspiration to her readers.

7. Malaysian/Indonesian Breakfast.

My favorite breakfast is still an American one, big and hearty. However, one of the breakfasts I really enjoyed and have emulated several times since is mee goreng. It is served in both Malaysia and Indonesia. It is essentially fried yellow noodles with a small amount of vegetables and sometimes meat (usually chicken) in a slightly spicy sauce, served with an egg on top. It is just absolutely delicious.

Malaysian breakfast fried egg with rice
A real Malaysian treat!

Talon Windwalker is a single dad traveling the world slowly as nomads with his now 12-year-old son. In the last 2-1/2 years, they have been to 21 countries on 6 continents. He blogs about food and its connection with travel and culture at travels4yum.

8. Acai Bowl (Brazilian style).

This is an Acai Bowl. This is made from blending acai berries with banana, juice and frozen berries, than topped with granola, more fresh fruit and sometimes coconut or flax seeds. You can make it anyway you want at home. Acai is the latest health food craze but I first had it years ago in Brazil. The berry grows in the Amazon and is known for being super healthy and giving the eater a big energy burst. You will find acai sold everywhere in Brazil from the favelas to the beach.

Acai Bowl
Acai Bowl
Acai Bowl
Delicious and nutritious at the same time!

Alexandra Pucherelli is a Maui native who is flirting with adventure and shenanigans one country at a time. She is an island girl, hammock lover, travel writer, gin drinker, lover of cheese, travel photographer, and daydreamer. A full time nomad since April 03, 2011. She is bad with learning new languages but FLUENT IN FROLICKING.

9. Laotian Breakfast.

We actually have two favorite Laotian breakfast dishes, but warm Lao bread is definitely at the very top of our list. Warm Lao bread is nothing like bread as we normally think of it. Instead, it is completely made of rice. Sticky rice is hand-formed into a large, round inch-thick patty which is then dipped into a thick scrambled egg mixture and fried. It is like rice packed in an omelet pocket. You eat it by pulling it in little pieces and dipping in the chili sauceChew Makork is our second favorite Lao breakfast. It’s a simple dish of hard boiled eggs, cut into quarters and then served with sautéed vegetables.

Laos breakfasts
Laotian breakfast.

Dani and Jess are a German-American couple who left their adopted home of London and set off to travel the world in April 2010. With the motto ‘Two Girls. One Globe. No Regrets’ they have since traveled through North America, Europe, Mexico, South East Asia and Latin America, while running their travel website GlobetrotterGirls. The girls are digital nomads, street food junkies, LGBT travelers, hotel enthusiasts, street art lovers, vegetarians, and as pssionate housesitters authors of the book Break Free – The Ultimate Guide To Housesitting.

10. Turkish Breakfast.

This is just part of vast spread of food I enjoyed recently in Istanbul.  Combining sweet and savory, cooked and raw, soft and crunchy, this breakfast had it all.  Washed down with mulberry juice and a Turkish tea it combined everything great about Turkey – bright, colorful, exotic and generous!

Turkish breakfast
A table full of Turkish delicacies.

Jo Karnaghan is Chief Frugalista at frugalfirstclasstravel.  Based in Sydney, Australia, Jo loves traveling in Europe and is passionate about traveling first class on a frugal budget and one bag packing regardless of her destination.

11. Dutch Breakfast.

Unfortunately I’ve never been a big breakfast person, but most of Dutch people eat brown bread covered with butter or margarine and sprinkled with hagelslag (famous Dutch chocolate sprinkle). It’s sweet and yummy!

famous Dutch chocolate sprinkle
Famous Dutch chocolate sprinkle in one of local shops.

Caitlyn is a twenty-something Australian living in the Netherlands. She has a different view from the office everyday, working as a tour guide across 23 European countries. She blogs about what she loves: travel, sport and food.

12. Breakfast in Ecuador.

I sometimes skip breakfast at home, but it was not the case in Ecuador. The food was fresh, healthy, and flavorful – one of the highlights of my month-long stay in the country. I’d start each day with a glass of freshly-squeezed juice: pineapple, blackberry, orange, or flavors that were new to me, such as guanábana (soursop) and tomate de árbol (“tree tomato”). The juice would be followed by a soft bread roll or wheat toast, scrambled eggs, and queso fresco. But the most delicious breakfast item I had was at a family-owned hotel in Baños, a small town in central Ecuador. It was a simple fruit salad consisting of apples, bananas, pineapples, and mangos, and served with yogurt, honey, and granola. It may not look like anything out of the ordinary, but what made it memorable was how the flavors and textures worked together. The smoothness of the fruit contrasted with the crunchiness of the granola, and the sweetness of the honey was balanced against the mildness of the natural yogurt. I like to sleep in, but this fruit salad worked better than the loudest alarm clock.

Breakfast - Ecuador
Breakfast – Ecuador.
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Pola Henderson is the founder and editor of Jetting Around, a blog dedicated to exploring cities and their culture. Her writing and photography showcases European, North American, and South American destinations. Pola grew up in Krakow, Poland, lived in North Africa, and has called Chicago home since 2002. Traveling internationally has been a part of her life since she was 3 years old. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

13. Nicaraguan Breakfast.

A typical Nicaraguan breakfast means a full meal for the early workers. I learned that from a chef at a restaurant in Managua after I remarked that their breakfasts were similar to a lunch meal. He explained that many people wake up at 4 am to go to work and have a small snack with their coffee. By the time it’s 8 or 9, they are ready for something heavier, and that’s what we get at that hour. At most places where I ate, they served eggs, fried pork or bacon, fried cheese, fried platanos and gallo pinto – a local dish of rice cooked together with beans. For travelers who rely on a hearty complimentary breakfast from their hotels, this is a nice treat. 

A typical Nicaraguan breakfast: fried eggs, fried platanos, fried cheese, homemade tortilla and gallo pinto.

A typical Nicaraguan breakfast.

Booker Mitchell is the host of Booker Travels, an original web video series about global traveling through the eyes of a teenager. He is also a featured writer for National Geographic – Intelligent Travel blog, and was awarded by National Geographic Traveler – Travelers of the Year 2012. Booker’s secrets: never leave home without a passion to explore and a skateboard – or a surfboard.

14. Vegetarian English Breakfast.

This is a vegetarian (and arguably a little healthier) take on the traditional English breakfast served up in a London cafe on a cold winter’s morning.

English breakfast - vegetarian option.
English breakfast – vegetarian option.

Becky and Gray are based in the UK but the couple travel every month on their mission to find the world’s beautiful and underrated travel destinations. Find their travel guides, advice and photography at their award winning blog GlobalGrasshopper.

15. Full English Breakfast.

On a Sunday morning I love walking to Blackheath’s Farmers Market in London so I can cook myself a Full English Breakfast which consists of Portobello mushrooms, black pudding, cherry tomatoes, baked beans, sausages, eggs, bacon, and coriander (I literally sprinkle it over everything). Instead of having something like a muffin or hash browns (fried potato cakes), I prefer ciabatta or French bread so I guess it’s more like a twist on the classic English breakfast.It’s certainly not the world’s healthiest morning meal so I only treat myself to it once a week!

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Full English breakfast.
Shing, Copenhagen

Shing, from The Culture Map, is originally from a small town in the North of England but now lives in London. Her travels have been wide and varied, from teaching English in China, to husky sledding in Svalbard – the last stop before the North Pole. Her ideal travel partner would be someone who loves chess, eats anything, and doesn’t get bored of museums!

16. Swiss Breakfast.

Bircher Muesli is traditional Swiss breakfast,  developed around 1900 by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner for his patients and is still a very popular breakfast throughout Switzerland and Germany. If you like oatmeal and yogurt, you will love bircher muesli. It’s the perfect summer-time breakfast, and not only really easy to make, but healthy too!

Bircher Muesli

Check out the recipe and more photos of Bircher Muesli on Laura’s blog.

Bircher Muesli

Laura is a German-American from Seattle, WA, and has been living in Berlin, Germany for the past 4 years. She is always on the search for new and healthy recipes approved by her 2-year-old and showcases those recipes on her blog mylittlegourmet.

Bonus: Breakfast in France

Breakfast in France is much more of a formal affair than what I’m used to in the States, and I was lucky enough to experience an amazing French breakfast at our hotel in Paris, the Hotel de Buci in St. Germaine. The full spread featured staples like eggs, cereals and fresh fruits. There were also local cheeses including brie and camembert, meats like prosciutto and tasty fruit preserves. The staff even bought baguettes from the boulangerie across the street, baked that morning! Everything was complimented with freshly squeezed watermelon and orange juice. You could really taste the difference in the freshness of the juices and the creaminess of the yogurt offered. This breakfast embodied everything that’s great about France, and they Hotel de Buci’s breakfast offering is not to be missed, says Adrienne of Adrienne Away. 

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Do these breakfasts tickle your taste buds? 


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75 thoughts on “16 Different Breakfasts From Around The World (Part 2)”

  1. Are you torturing us!!! Where am I going to find all these breakfasts here? I wanna try them all right now! I really like this post.

  2. As a Malaysian, we don’t really have the concept of specific “breakfast food” as whatever we eat in the morning can just as typically be eaten at any other time during the day. A good example there was the mee goreng (by the way the photo shown is actually “nasi goreng” which is fried rice! :) yum yum, makes me hungry though I’ve just eaten a “toast set” in Changi Airport whilst waiting for my flight connection.

    1. Hey Jules. It’s pretty the same in China. You can have your breakfast meals at any other time during the day. It was shocking to me, but I got used to it after some time. Mee goreng sounds yummy :-D.

  3. Any chance to add sth to the list?
    Well, writing so less about Turkish breakfast is a crime. Seriously. Mixing sweet and spicy or cooked and raw? It’s true, but what about famous Turkish types of cheese? Salty, similar to Greek feta, but with richer taste.
    Or tahin-pekmez – mix of tahini with sweet grape sirup, giving you an energy kick for all day?
    Breakfast in Aege Zone, where you start your day with tomatos and fine olive oil. And, of course, olives – eating olives for breakfast is a must for Turks.
    Serpme kahvalti – type of breakfast, that will make your stomach and eyes full till dinner.
    Or, which is very typical in Turkey: very sweet jams, more similar to sirups than what we acctually call jam.
    Really, it is MUCH reacher than what you showed.

    1. Wow Gosia, many thanks for the info. I really miss Greek feta cheese. After cottage cheese it’s one of my best breakfast options. Never heard of tahin-pekmez, but it sounds delicious. If you want to share your experience on coffee, you can contribute to the next post titled “Different coffees from around the World” :). Let me know if you would be interested in contributing :D.

  4. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans

    Wow – the bowl of Multigrain Cheerios I had for breakfast this morning really pales in comparison to these meals. Great post!

  5. Michelle at Triposs

    This post makes me so excited to finally start traveling! All of these different breakfast meals look delicious.

    1. Great to hear that Michelle! I always get hungry and literally start licking my laptop screen when looking at these pictures :-D.

  6. Mary {The World Is A Book}

    Wow..another great round of breakfast contributions. Well done, guys! I am drawn to the acai bowl, the Ecuadorian and the full English breakfast. I am officially very hungry.

    1. Thank you so much Mary. I miss traditional English breakfast a lot these days and this picture has made me so hungry as well. Gotta go grab some fruit :D.

  7. Ooh, that Brazilian açai bowl looks amazing! I’m also a big fan of Turkish and English breakfasts, although I find them both too salty to eat first thing in the morning, so I like them better for brunches.

    Spain is big on ham…and more ham…and coffee for breakfast. Either that or really sweet pastries, but I tend to skip breakfast and just have a cup of tea.

    BTW, awesome post! :)

  8. Mmmmm wish it was morning! ;-) I would like to try all!

    The Dutch breakfast compares a little bit boring to the others. Another Dutch favorite: Karnemelk (Buttermilk). I love it. When I was a teenager my mother told me it is good for the skin (to stop the pimple!)

    Like your post! Thank you.

  9. I’m a big fan of breakfast, never able to go without a big one, but some of these breakfasts’ look HUGE! the Dosa with sambar looks amazing, as does the acai bowl. Feel rather hungry now!

  10. I like you tramps ;) where in the world are you now. I’m kinda seriously interested in following your adventures. Can I get a Skype appointment with you to do an Interview? I would love the opportunity and hey thanks.

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