Fun Facts - Breakfasts from around the world

When travelling to a new country, we know one of the main concerns is food. One of the most common questions from our new students is “What can I expect for breakfast?”

If you’re about to study with us and would like to know what is popular in your destination, find out about some breakfasts from around the world.

United Kingdom

Day to day, people in the UK normally eat cereal and toast in the mornings. Of course, they are famous for tea in England and usually have this to drink with breakfast.

Some families go for a cooked breakfast on the weekend, which is made up of eggs, beans, bacon, sausages, hash browns and grilled vegetables like mushrooms and tomatoes.

In Scotland, the cooked breakfast also includes haggis. Haggis is a traditional Scottish sausage made from a sheep’s stomach stuffed with diced sheep’s liver, lungs and heart, oatmeal, onion, suet and seasoning. But don’t be put off, I’ve been told that it tastes delicious!

Student Tiffany from our London school enjoys an English breakfast!
Student Tiffany from our London school enjoys an English breakfast!


Much like the UK, American families will have toast and cereal during the week, with toasted bagels in places like New York. For more special occasions and on weekends, there is a lot to choose from. Pancakes are really popular in America and are served with maple syrup, and maybe bacon or sausages on the side.

Pancakes AND bacon...what a start to the day!
Pancakes AND bacon...what a start to the day!

Orange juice is the most popular drink to have at breakfast time. People also find it hard to start the day without a cup of coffee!

In the southern US, grits are a popular daily breakfast. It is ground corn, similar to oatmeal or polenta.


Traditional breakfast foods in Canada are cooked eggs, fried pork sausages or bacon, fried or deep-fried potatoes, toasted bread, pancakes (or egg-battered French Toast) and syrup, cereals, or hot oatmeal. They are very similar to breakfasts in the USA. Maple syrup is popular in Canada, so you will probably have the option with your breakfast.

Pancakes and maple syrup - my kind of breakfast!
Pancakes and maple syrup - my kind of breakfast!


In Australia, they also have cereal, oatmeal (also called porridge) and toast during the week. Vegemite is a spread made up of vegetable extracts, and it is a favourite in Australia and you usually have it for breakfast on your toast. However, some people find it quite strong. If you're not sure, try a little bit first before digging in!

Vegemite and avocado - this looks healthy and delicious!
Vegemite and avocado and an egg - this looks healthy and delicious!

Smoothies and orange juice are quite common to have with your breakfast as fruit and vegetables are usually included in every Australian meal.

Banana bread is also really popular in Sydney.


New Zealand      

Breakfast in New Zealand is very similar to Australian breakfast. On the weekends or at a restaurant, you may find other meals like eggs Benedict, which poached eggs and hollandaise sauce on toast, sometimes with bacon, salmon or spinach. You might also find beans on toast, pancakes, yogurt, and smoothies. Breakfast nearly always includes coffee, tea or both.

Eggs Benedict: Poached eggs, ham/salmon and sauce
Eggs Benedict: Poached eggs, ham/salmon and sauce


Have you tried any of these breakfasts from around the world? What is the typical breakfast in your country? Tell us and we will include it in our next blog!

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