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Start the day as locals do with these decadent breakfast dishes. A lavish spread of eggs. Is there any meal more comforting than breakfast? Whatever time zone you wake up in, the best breakfasts will brighten your mood, fortify you for the day, and give you a taste of daily life in that destination. London café where platters of baked breads are served with the morning newspaper and a Tokyo fish market where early risers clamor for the freshest breakfast sushi. Each was chosen not just for its standout food, but also for being a part of its hometown’s cultural fabric. It’s the best breakfast on the Bosporus: a lavish spread of eggs, sheep’s-milk cheeses, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, warm sourdough bread, local honey, and chai, on a rooftop terrace with postcard-worthy views.
Southern chef John Currence’s motto? Flour biscuits slathered with sausage gravy and the burrito filled with house-made chorizo will have you praying for more. Join vendors and tuna auctioneers from the neighboring Tsukiji Fish Market queuing up at dawn for a post-shift sushi breakfast at this 13-seat spot. 24-hour, wood-paneled Metairie haunt leave the better-known Café du Monde in their sugar dust. Founded by Roman immigrant and former boxing champion Luigi Coluzzi, the curbside café has been Darlinghurst’s de facto community center since 1957. Though it’s welcomed plenty of tourists over its 137 years—not to mention habitués like Freud, Lenin, and Trotsky—the utterly grand café inside the majestic Palais Ferstel is known among pastry-obsessed Wieners for serving the best, flakiest strudel in town.
Yucatecans believe that the biggest meal of the day should be the first. A new-wave coffee shop in the 10th arrondissement from rock-star barista Thomas Lehoux, whose cappuccinos are made with cult Telescope beans. The vibe is Mad Hatter meets 1950’s hausfrau at this Kreuzberg takeout bakery, where master pastry chef Andreas Minsch turns out his extravagant confections. You’ll be hard-pressed to choose between an enormous cinnamon roll or a slice of the popular Black Forest cherry cake. Parisian-style tartlets are made with regional ingredients like apricots and pistachios. Order the flaky ricotta-and-chocolate-filled Romanella at the counter with an espresso—then get another one to go.