What breakfast looks like around the world
What’s not to love about breakfast? From Lorne sausages in Glasgow to rice congee in Bangkok, people all over the world are munching on their favorite morning meals. Some cities' dwellers use their fingers to dip pastries into hot cocoa, others insist on the need to keep elbows off the breakfast table.
Stacker traveled the virtual globe to explore the traditional and typical breakfast food of 50 different cities around the world. Travel and etiquette guides were utilized from each country to let the morning light shine on breakfast tables from pole to pole.
Readers beware—this article is mouthwatering.
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Traditional breakfast: pancakes or waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, toast, orange juice, and coffee. Interesting fact: 31 million Americans skip breakfast.
Mexico City, Mexico
A typical breakfast in Mexico City includes sweet breads and pastries—think donuts—and freshly squeezed fruit juice. Traveler’s tip: grab a concha at Panadería Rosetta in Juárez.
San Jose, Costa Rica
A traditional breakfast includes gallo pinto, a mixture of rice and beans. It’s often served with scrambled or fried eggs, fried plantains, sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and coffee.
Typical breakfast: Toast dipped into a cup of café con leche—coffee with milk. Interesting fact: Most Cubans pass their recipes down orally from generation to generation, not by writing them down.
Traditional breakfast in Bogota, Columbia is rice and beans from dinner the night before, reheated and served with arepas (freshly-made cornmeal bread), eggs, grilled beef, and hot chocolate or coffee. Insider info: Colombians drink their coffee black—bold and simple.
A full Scottish breakfast is not for the faint of heart: Lorne sausage, bacon, fried eggs, baked beans, black pudding, haggis, fried mushrooms and tomatoes, toast or "tattie" (potato) scones, and coffee or tea. Crazy tidbit: Haggis, a savory pudding containing bits of the liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep—traditionally cooked in a sheep's stomach, has been banned in the United States since 1971.
São Paulo, Brazil
Typical breakfast: French bread, deli-style meats, sliced cheeses, papaya, and most importantly, coffee. Coffee is considered the most critical component of breakfast—drink up!
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Typical breakfast: salteña—a stuffed baked pastry, and coffee with milk. Salteñas are filled with seasoned pork, chicken, or beef and occasionally contain eggs, peas, potatoes, or other savory fillings.
Typical breakfast: toast, and sweet tea or coffee with milk. It's short and sweet.
Typical breakfast: skyr—a popular cultured dairy product similar to Greek yogurt, served with berries and grains. Nutritional value: 6 ounces of skyr contains 110 calories, 19 grams of protein, and zero grams of fat.