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Best Breakfast Spots to Eat Like a Local

Best Breakfast: Van Kahvalti Evi

Seven indulgent reasons to get out of the hotel early.

Pancake Bakery, Amsterdam: Bacon-, cheese-, or apple-topped pannenkoeken (larger and thinner than American flapjacks) are the items to order at this intimate canal-side space. 191 Prinsengracht. $$

Lauras Bakery, Copenhagen: In a land obsessed with morning pastries (Danish, anyone?), Lauras takes the cake. Expect rows of kanelsnegle (intensely spiced cinnamon rolls) and Pop-Tart-like hindbærsnitters, all in the culinary mecca that is Torvehallerne Market. 17 Linnesgade. $

Van Kahvalti Evi, Istanbul (pictured): At this cozy spot in the Cihangir district, breakfast spreads come loaded with sesame bread, white clouds of kaymak (clotted cream), and briny, herb-flecked cheese. Add a skillet of sizzling soujuk sausage, and you’re set until dinner. 52A Defterdar Yokuşu; 90-212/293-6437. $

Carmel’s Breakfast House, Phoenix: This neighborhood coffee joint, dreamed up by a local weatherman in search of a good cuppa, has morphed into a full-blown daytime hangout, with panini, tartines, and brown-butter scones made daily. 4233 E. Camelback Rd. $

Rose & Sons, Toronto: Torontonians are serious about their diner breakfasts, and chef Anthony Rose has given them cause to remain true. Eggs with schmaltz hash; pastrami lox; wild-blueberry bread pudding—this is no typical greasy spoon. 176 Dupont St. $$

Orlando di Castello, Vienna: What’s drawing creative types to this eye-catching, white-on-white café? Perfect poached eggs on dense walnut toast and beautifully served Viennese Melanges (espressos with milk)—some of the city’s best. 1 Freyung. $$

Amis, Philadelphia: Brad Spence’s funky-porky rendition is the best excuse to get over yourself and eat scrapple. 412 S. 13th St.

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

Appeared as “95 Places to Eat Like a Local: Breakfast” in T+L Magazine

Related Links:
Best Places to Eat Like a Local
Best Breakfasts Around the World
America’s Best Brunches

Photo by David Hagerman

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