What Breakfast Looks Like Around the World

What's for breakfast today? That depends on where you are. Art'nLera/Shutterstock

Long considered the most important meal of the day, breakfast gives us the energy to make it through our daily activities — at least until lunchtime. Research says a healthy breakfast is important in the push to lose weight and sets the tone for making healthy food choices all day long.

But what's on your morning plate? While we may be eating anything from cold cereal or pancakes to bacon and eggs, the rest of the world has quite different selections. Here's a look at typical breakfasts in 25 countries across the globe.

Australia

toast with vegemite for an Australian breakfast
Toast with Vegemite, a spread made from yeast extract, with a side of fruit. Adam/flickr

Brazil

cheese bread for breakfast in Brazil
Pao de queijos, or cheese buns, are often a big part of Brazilian breakfasts. Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts/flickr

Burma

sticky rice, beans and fish for breakfast in Burma
Sticky fried rice and fish. bamar_bad_ass/flickr

China

jook stew for breakfast in China
Jook, a rice soup topped with pickled tofu, or sometimes dried meat or egg. sstrieu/flickr

Colombia

changua soup for breakfast in Columbia
A milk, scallion and egg soup called changua. manuela y daniel/flickr

Cuba

tostada with coffee, breakfast in Cuba

England

eggs, bacon and mushroom breakfast in England

Finland

puuro, porridge, is a common breakfast in Finland
Oat-based porridge called puuro, commonly served with milk and fruit. Tanzania/Wikipedia

France

croissants and coffee for breakfast in France
Croissants and coffee. Tim Lucas/flickr

Germany

meat, cheese and bread for a German breakfast
Sliced meats, cheese, bacon and bread. Steve Burt/flickr

India

idli pancakes for an Indian breakfast
Steamed savory rice cakes, served with dips. Premshree Pillai/flickr

Italy

pastries with coffee for an Italian breakfast
Pastries with cappuccino. Mike and Annabel Beales/flickr

Jamaica

saltfish, plantains and ackee for a Jamaican breakfast
Plantains, ackee (a popular fruit) and saltfish. Jenni Konrad/flickr

Japan

rice, miso soup and natto for a Japanese breakfast
Miso soup, natto (a soybean mixture) and rice. Yu Morita/flickr

Korea

rice, soup and meat for breakfast in Korea
Stew with rice and vegetables. Matt_Weibo/flickr

Mexico

Chilaquiles (fried tortillas with toppings), beans and rice for breakfast in Mexico
Chilaquiles (fried tortillas with toppings), beans and rice. Joe Hall/flickr

Morocco

mint tea and toast for a moroccan breakfast
Mint tea and toast. Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay/flickr

New Zealand

Weet-Bix cereal in New Zealand for breakfast
Bowl of cereal with fruit, including a popular Weet-Bix cereal biscuit. blair_25/flickr

Portugal

bread with galao coffee for breakfast in Portugal
Fresh bread with galão, an espresso and foamed milk coffee drink. André Luís/flickr

Russia

cheese pancakes called syrniki for breakfast in Russia
Cheese pancakes called syrniki. RachelH_/flickr

Spain

chocolate con churros for breakfast in Spain
Churros to be dipped in the hot chocolate. Chris/flickr

Sweden

Crisp bread with soured milk for breakfast in Sweden
Soured milk with crisp bread and toppings. Jonas Ahrentorp/flickr

Switzerland

muesli with yogurt for breakfast in Switzerland
Muesli with yogurt. cyclonebill/flickr

Turkey

feta, bread, olives and eggs for breakfast in Turkey
Feta, bread, olives and eggs. John Hritz/flickr

Venezuela

arepa with eggs, toast and cookies for breakfast in Venezuela
Soft corn flatbread arepa with eggs, toast and cookies. HausOf_Diegoo/flickr