Here’s what people eat for breakfast around the world

Pancakes, Bacon, Eggs
A typical American breakfast. Flickr / Janeen

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, keeping us healthy and sharp.

But breakfast foods vary wildly from place to place.

Inspired by a HostelBookers.com post by Victoria Philpott and a Quora post, we took a look at some classic breakfast choices from countries around the world.

Whether it’s bread and cold cuts in Germany or baked cheese pancakes in Russia, each country does their first meal of the day a little differently.

An earlier version of this post was written by Max Rosenberg.

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title=”CHINA: Traditional breakfasts vary based on the region, but dim sum, small plates of food prepared in a variety of ways, is popular.”
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title=”SWITZERLAND: The Swiss like to start their day with Birchermüesli: raw oats and grains topped with dried and / or fresh fruit and served in milk or yogurt.”
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title=”PAKISTAN: Pakistanis enjoy heartier meaty breakfasts, like Nihari, a stew made with beef sirloin and / or shank pieces.”
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title=”CUBA: The typical breakfast is cafe con leche — coffee with milk — served with a tostada, which is sliced bread that is buttered and grilled. The bread is used to dunk into the coffee.”
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title=”POLAND: Similar to a German breakfast, a traditional breakfast in Poland consists of bread rolls served with an array of savoury and sweet toppings such as meat, sausage, cheese, butter, jam, and chocolate spread.”
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title=”INDIA: Idli wada is a traditional breakfast in the southern part of the country. Idli is a cake made with fermented black lentils and rice, and served with chutney and sambar.”
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title=”JAPAN: Traditional breakfast includes miso soup, steamed white rice, and Japanese pickles.”
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title=”NIGERIA: With a variety of ethnic groups in the country, there are many traditional breakfast items. One of them is moi moi, a ground bean paste that is wrapped in leaves and steamed.”
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title=”MEXICO: Mexican comfort food at its finest, chilaquiles are totopos (similar to tortilla chips) submerged in a spicy sauce with a fried egg and various toppings such as avocado.”
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