Warning: these photos will put your bowl of soggy cereal to shame

Stuck in a bit of a breakfast rut? Well, all the inspiration you need to inject some excitement into that first meal of the day is just a quick Instagram search away.

 

We looked at posts coming in from across the globe to find the best photos of classic breakfasts, spicy poached eggs, beef noodles and biscuits with gravy. Here's what people around the world are eating for breakfast …

 

1. Poland

In Poland they kick the day off with a plate of jajecznica, which is scrambled eggs covered with slices of a sausage called kielbasa. These can be served with tomatoes, toast or potato pancakes.

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Via: instagram / rosaline_blog

Via: instagram / rosaline_blog

 

2. Alaska

Alaskans love reindeer sausage for breakfast or brunch, served with egg and toast like we do with pork sausages in the UK.

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Via: instagram / marcy.ortega

Via: instagram / marcy.ortega

 

3. Southern US

Americans in the south are so patriotic about their biscuits and gravy that crisp company Lay's has even started selling it as a flavour. We should point out that, in the southern states of the US, a biscuit is actually more like a scone, and their gravy is made from bacon fat and flour as opposed to the beloved Bisto.

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Via: instagram / whispersinthedarkkk

Via: instagram / whispersinthedarkkk

 

4. Iceland

The most popular breakfast in Iceland is actually hafragrautur, which is a grainy porridge served with nuts or honey. Looks delish. 

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Via: instagram / himneskhollusta

Via: instagram / himneskhollusta

 

5. Philippines

We think the Philippines could win at breakfast. Why? Because they have champorado, a chocolate rice made to the consistency of porridge. Mmmmm. They do savoury too with sinangag (garlic fried rice) and pandesal (little bread rolls).

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Via: instagram / patola_santos

Via: instagram / patola_santos

 

6. India

Indian breakfasts vary by region, but usually they're similar to lunch and dinner. The likelihood is that wherever you are, rice with chutney and dosas would be on the menu. 

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Via: instagram / foodmaniacindia

Via: instagram / foodmaniacindia

 

7. China

Likewise, in China breakfast, lunch and dinner consist of much of the same flavours. It's mainly all about the baozi in the morning, which are small dumpling-style steamed buns filled with pork and vegetables.

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Via: instagram / mschooler

Via: instagram / mschooler

 

8. Japan

Ever felt like picking up a miso soup instead of a cheese and ham croissant in Pret? Well, if you were in Japan you’d definitely be eating the former, served with tofu, rice, grilled fish, pickles and a Japanese-style omelette.

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Via: instagram / Carlosmurata_photography

Via: instagram / Carlosmurata_photography

 

9. Pakistan

The Pakistani breakfast is definitely one of the tastiest looking in the world. Families cook aloo paratha, a potato flat bread, which can be stacked like pancakes. Bread for breakfast will always be a good thing.

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Via: instagram / freelancefoodies

Via: instagram / freelancefoodies

 

10. Australia

It's all about Vegemite, Marmite’s Aussie cousin, spread on toast down under. It's difficult to put your finger on the difference in taste between the two, but they're definitely not the same. They're just not. No.

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Via: instagram / trevorloux

Via: instagram / trevorloux

 

11. Thailand

In Thailand, breakfast is a sweet occasion in which chok – a sticky rice which is moulded into a small block – is often served with deep fried banana. Deep. Fried. Banana. It's a yes from us.

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Via: instagram / benjywokky

Via: instagram / benjywokky

 

12. Mexico

Ah, huevos rancheros! If you haven't tried this one for brunch yet, you must. In Mexico eggs are baked in a spicy tomato sauce and served with guacamole. Tempted? The Hemsley sisters' cookbook has a cracking recipe.

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Via: instagram / elcocinerocasero

Via: instagram / elcocinerocasero

 

13. Russia

Breakfast simply isn't breakfast in Russia unless there's plenty of hot tea and coffee. On your plate you'll find kasha (porridge made from various grains), butterbrots (bread with one topping, like butter or ham), boiled or fried eggs, tvorog (similar to cottage cheese) or cereal.

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Via: instagram / ek.litvinova

Via: instagram / ek.litvinova

 

14. Vietnam

Pho is a big breakfast favourite in Vietnam. A bowl of hot broth with noodles and beef or chicken, like something you'd have for dinner in the UK.

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Via: instagram / rafmataz

Via: instagram / rafmataz

 

15. Bolivia

No, not a Cornish pasty but very similar. Salteñas are small, homemade pastry parcels full of meat and vegetables with a sweet, spicy sauce.

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Via: instagram / hopefulthings

Via: instagram / hopefulthings

 

16. Estonia

Kohupiima saiad translates as cheese bread and is essentially cheese on toast made with curd instead of cheddar. It gives it a creamier, soft cheese-like taste.

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Via: instagram / pillenaminami

Via: instagram / pillenaminami

 

17. Los Angeles

Not the most unusual food trend LA has given us, but this is possibly the most delicious looking. Smoothie bowls include everything you'd expect in a fruit and veg smoothie, but blended to a thicker consistency with various nuts, oats and seeds thrown in for good measure.

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Via: instagram / sunlifeorganiscs

Via: instagram / sunlifeorganics

 

18. Dominican Republic

Mangu is big in the Dominican Republic and can be eaten as a snack as well as a side dish at breakfast. It's a very simple recipe: just mash up plantains until smooth and serve with crunchy fried onion.

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Via: instagram / princess_of_manhattan

Via: instagram / princess_of_manhattan

 

19. Tunisia

The popular Tunisian breakfast of shakshouka is very similar to the Mexican huevos rancheros, except the dish is spiced with cumin and any leftover tomato sauce can be moped up with fresh pitta bread. Divine.

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Via: instagram / balqeesrawhoney

Via: instagram / balqeesrawhoney

 

20. Italy

You'll find croissants and fresh coffee on pretty much every European menu, but no where will do breakfast like Italy. You can go big with a cappuccino and almond croissant, or get the lighter version – an espresso and mini pastry – if you're not much of a breakfast person. Just be ready the big caffeine and sugar hit.

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Via: instagram / italianbreakfastaddict

Via: instagram / italianbreakfastaddict