In Germany, breakfasts are usually bread-based. Different kinds of breads and rolls are served with a selection of cheeses like Gouda or Emmentaler, as well as cold cut meats such as ham and salami. Butter and jams are also served, as are the occasional yoghurts and eggs. These are served with fruit juice and tea or coffee.
Italian breakfasts normally begin with hot coffee and milk, or caffé latte as they call it. The drink is often served with hard bread and cookies. The children often drink hot chocolate in place of the coffee. The reason for this subdued breakfast is mostly because their main meal of their day is normally a late lunch, held between one and three o’clock in the afternoon.
Similarly to the Italians, the French don’t traditionally eat big breakfasts. The French breakfast is built around coffee, served with croissants, baguettes or a similar bread food. This bread is often buttered and dipped into the coffee.
Breakfasts are sacred to the Spanish. However, breakfast habits differ depending on the regions they occupy. They eat breakfast very early in the morning in Barcelona for instance. Across all the regions coffee is a mainstay, as are small sandwiches, and either a sweet toast with jam or marmalade or a salty toast with tomato.