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Go Global with These 25 Spots for International Breakfasts and Brunches

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Much of America’s favorite breakfast fare is heavily influenced by international cuisines. For instance, French hollandaise defines a good eggs Benedict, and pancakes are thought to have Dutch or Scottish roots. The beloved bagel also has origins in the Eastern European Jewish tradition.

So, instead of playing it safe with American breakfast, why not see what people from around the world eat in the morning? The D.C. area is lucky enough to have access to a wealth of options from all over the world.

Of course everyone loves a giant English or Irish breakfast after a late night out, but consider being a little more adventurous. There's everything from Japanese, to Korean, Mexican, Turkish, and even Indian. They're even serving a special, one-time only Japanese-style breakfast at Toki Underground this Sunday.

There are plenty of restaurants serving international breakfasts and brunches all the time. Here's just a few places to get started.

—Updated by Meredith Bethune

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. A&J Restaurant

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4316 Markham St
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 813-8181
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This family-owned spot has brought authentic Chinese cuisine from the restaurant’s original location in Taiwan all the way to Annandale. Their breakfast menu features items like sweet rice balls, red bean pastries, and Chinese churros.

2. Ambar Balkan Cuisine

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523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 813-3039
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Just like the Belgrade location, Ambar in D.C. is a taste of the Balkans. During brunch, there are plenty of traditional egg dishes (like Balkan scrambled eggs) and pastries (like meat pies and stuffed crepes). They also offer a bottomless option so diners can sample everything.
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3. Ankara

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1320 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-6301
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Bottomless Turkish kahvalti is served during brunch on Sundays at Ankara. Breakfast is one of the most well-loved elements of the food culture in Turkey, and it starts with van kahvaltisi, or a selection of sweet and savory small plates to share. The meal then progresses to eggs, salads, and flat breads. Turkish tea completes the experience.

4. Daikaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Daikaya’s brunch has just the right blend of American breakfast favorites with a Japanese twist, along with more traditional dishes. Some of the creative fusion dishes include the soy milk-soaked French toast with kinoko dust and the poached egg and Chesapeake korokke with brown butter mayo and tonkatsu sauce on an English muffin.

5. DC Dosa

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Breakfast in India varies widely across the vast country, but dosas are a common morning meal in Southern India. These lentil crepes are stuffed with vegetable fillings like curry potatoes or roasted cauliflower and carrots. They’re also flavored with spicy chutneys like cilantro sesame or onion tamarind.

6. Dukem

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1114 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-8735
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Open at 9 a.m. every morning, Dukem offers Ethiopian breakfast classics like kinche (crushed wheat with Ethiopian butter and seasonings) and firfir (hot spiced beef stew with injera). They also have a wide selection of tibs and vegetarian offerings.

7. Estadio

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1520 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 319-1404
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During brunch, this tapas spot serves slightly larger plates of Spanish cuisine. They offer the obligatory onion and potato filled tortilla Española, along with every combination imaginable of eggs, sausage, potatoes, and cheese. Small breads and sandwiches are also on the menu.

8. James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar

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1 DuPont Cir NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 223-8440
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For a full Irish breakfast, head to James Hoban’s for brunch. Their Irish farmhouse breakfast includes fried eggs, Irish sausages, rashers, black and white pudding, herb grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans, and home fries. Diners without a big appetite can downsize to a breakfast flatbread or a Hoban’s eggs Benedict with Irish ham.

9. Kafè Leopold

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3315 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-6005
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Find a blend of European cultures at this Austrian-fusion café. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the menu ranges from Belgian waffles and kaiserschmarrn to almond croissants and raisin danishes.

10. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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A French breakfast wouldn’t be complete without people-watching by the sidewalk. During brunch at Le Diplomate, diners can enjoy observing neighborhood happenings while munching on fresh-baked pastries, a croque-madame, or quiche Florentine.

11. Lupo Verde

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1401 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 827-4726
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Lupo Verde’s brunch menu has hearty egg dishes with an Italian flair, like uova in camicia (poached eggs in San Marzano tomato sauce with grilled bread) and parmigiana di patate (scamorza cheese, salame toscano, besciamella sauce, prosciutto cotto, and poached eggs). They also offer numerous creamy pastas that can totally pass as breakfast food, right?

12. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 838-9972
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Maketto’s authentic dim sum is served on Sundays, and it doesn’t leave out any favorites. The small plates include rice noodle crepes with shrimp or pork, hundred-year cured eggs, crystal shrimp dumplings, and baos, as well as sweet options like egg custard tarts and Chinese donuts.

13. Mandu

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1805 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-1540
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Mandu’s entire lunch menu is available during weekend brunch, but they do offer one brunch-specific item— the Korean brunch platter. Calling it their spin on steak and eggs, the platter consists of gim bap, a Korean-style omelet, chive pancakes, Korean hash browns, and a choice of protein. It’s finished off with mochi ice cream.

14. Oz Restaurant and Bar

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2950 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 664-0693
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Pretty much the only option for Australian dining in the area, Oz has to deliver a classic Aussie “brekkie.” Their Big Brekkie comes with sausage, bacon, baked beans, tomato, mushrooms, and a fried egg. There’s also a Brekkie Pie, and of course, lots of meat pies.

15. Taco Bamba

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2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 639-0505
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Mexican breakfast dishes are available throughout the day at Taco Bamba, starting at 8:30 a.m. They offer all the classics, like a basic enchilada, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and a sope with chorizo.
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16. The Queen Vic

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1206 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 396-2001
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God save (room for breakfast at) the Queen Vic. They don’t mess around with their traditional full English breakfast, and they offer other British standbys like a sausage butty, Welsh rarebit, and bubble and squeak (essentially a potato vegetable cake made of fried leftovers). For anglophiles or homesick ex-pats, the tuck shop sells the necessities for a light breakfast at home, from McVitie’s Digestives to Marmite.

17. The Royal

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501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-7777
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The Royal’s menu has various Latin influences, but focuses on Colombian cuisine. For breakfast, there’s an egg arepa with cotija cheese, avocado, and tomato, as well as the Calentando, a dish with rice, potatoes, peas, and house-made butifarra sausage, topped with a fried egg. For something on the sweeter side, try a guava pastry, plantain bread, or a corn muffin.

18. Alfie's

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3301 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 853-3901
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Head to Alfie's for some new Southeast Asian brunch bites like breakfast fried rice or papaya salad, plus a well-received burger and several vegetarian options.

19. Compass Rose

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1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 506-4765
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Enjoy that Georgian khachupuri and other international brunch items on the weekends. Dine with musical accompaniment during their go-go brunch on the first Sunday of every month.

20. Espita Mezcaleria

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 621-9695
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Brunch at Espita is a mix of some American brunch dishes and Mexican picks. Choose from biscuits and eggs, several taco varieties and more. UPDATE: They're currently tweaking their opening chilaques recipe but plan to eventually add those back as well.

21. Kapnos Kouzina

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4900 Hampden Ln
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 986-8500
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There are several Greek-inspired brunch dishes at Mike Isabella's new Bethesda restaurant. The menu by chef George Pagonis includes Greek coffee waffles, baklava French toast, and scrambled eggs with zucchini, tomato, and yogurt.

22. Ocopa

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1324 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 396-1814
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Saturday brunch launched only a month ago at Ocopa. Choose from Peruvian entrees like lomo saltado and pollo a la brasa, plus small plates, sweets and skewers. Diners can make brunch bottomless for $20, and get mimosas and Incajitos (an Inca Kola-inspired cocktail). It's available on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

23. Palette 22

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4053 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 746-9007
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Why choose between different types of international cuisines for brunch? The global menu at this art-themed restaurant in Arlington offers everything from arepas Benedict to Vietnamese rice crepes.

24. Rural Society

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1177 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 587-2629
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This Latin American steakhouse by Jose Garces does Argentinian brunch on the weekend. Try steak and eggs with chimichurri, grilled sausages, or fugazzas (Argentine pizzas).

25. Simit + Smith

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1077 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 758-0553
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D.C. gets another Turkish breakfast option with bakery chain Simit + Smith. Try their specialty of a Turkish circular bread (simit) with feta cheese, kasseri cheese, black olives, tomatoes, a hard boiled egg, butter, honey, seasonal jams, orange juice, and coffee or tea. Go lighter with yogurt with granola or simit chips.

1. A&J Restaurant

4316 Markham St, Annandale, VA 22003
This family-owned spot has brought authentic Chinese cuisine from the restaurant’s original location in Taiwan all the way to Annandale. Their breakfast menu features items like sweet rice balls, red bean pastries, and Chinese churros.
4316 Markham St
Annandale, VA 22003

2. Ambar Balkan Cuisine

523 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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Just like the Belgrade location, Ambar in D.C. is a taste of the Balkans. During brunch, there are plenty of traditional egg dishes (like Balkan scrambled eggs) and pastries (like meat pies and stuffed crepes). They also offer a bottomless option so diners can sample everything.
523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

3. Ankara

1320 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Bottomless Turkish kahvalti is served during brunch on Sundays at Ankara. Breakfast is one of the most well-loved elements of the food culture in Turkey, and it starts with van kahvaltisi, or a selection of sweet and savory small plates to share. The meal then progresses to eggs, salads, and flat breads. Turkish tea completes the experience.
1320 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

4. Daikaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Daikaya’s brunch has just the right blend of American breakfast favorites with a Japanese twist, along with more traditional dishes. Some of the creative fusion dishes include the soy milk-soaked French toast with kinoko dust and the poached egg and Chesapeake korokke with brown butter mayo and tonkatsu sauce on an English muffin.
705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. DC Dosa

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Breakfast in India varies widely across the vast country, but dosas are a common morning meal in Southern India. These lentil crepes are stuffed with vegetable fillings like curry potatoes or roasted cauliflower and carrots. They’re also flavored with spicy chutneys like cilantro sesame or onion tamarind.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

6. Dukem

1114 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Open at 9 a.m. every morning, Dukem offers Ethiopian breakfast classics like kinche (crushed wheat with Ethiopian butter and seasonings) and firfir (hot spiced beef stew with injera). They also have a wide selection of tibs and vegetarian offerings.
1114 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Estadio

1520 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20002
During brunch, this tapas spot serves slightly larger plates of Spanish cuisine. They offer the obligatory onion and potato filled tortilla Española, along with every combination imaginable of eggs, sausage, potatoes, and cheese. Small breads and sandwiches are also on the menu.
1520 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar

1 DuPont Cir NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
For a full Irish breakfast, head to James Hoban’s for brunch. Their Irish farmhouse breakfast includes fried eggs, Irish sausages, rashers, black and white pudding, herb grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans, and home fries. Diners without a big appetite can downsize to a breakfast flatbread or a Hoban’s eggs Benedict with Irish ham.
1 DuPont Cir NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

9. Kafè Leopold

3315 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Find a blend of European cultures at this Austrian-fusion café. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the menu ranges from Belgian waffles and kaiserschmarrn to almond croissants and raisin danishes.
3315 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

10. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
A French breakfast wouldn’t be complete without people-watching by the sidewalk. During brunch at Le Diplomate, diners can enjoy observing neighborhood happenings while munching on fresh-baked pastries, a croque-madame, or quiche Florentine.
1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

11. Lupo Verde

1401 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Lupo Verde’s brunch menu has hearty egg dishes with an Italian flair, like uova in camicia (poached eggs in San Marzano tomato sauce with grilled bread) and parmigiana di patate (scamorza cheese, salame toscano, besciamella sauce, prosciutto cotto, and poached eggs). They also offer numerous creamy pastas that can totally pass as breakfast food, right?
1401 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

12. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Maketto’s authentic dim sum is served on Sundays, and it doesn’t leave out any favorites. The small plates include rice noodle crepes with shrimp or pork, hundred-year cured eggs, crystal shrimp dumplings, and baos, as well as sweet options like egg custard tarts and Chinese donuts.
1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

13. Mandu

1805 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Mandu’s entire lunch menu is available during weekend brunch, but they do offer one brunch-specific item— the Korean brunch platter. Calling it their spin on steak and eggs, the platter consists of gim bap, a Korean-style omelet, chive pancakes, Korean hash browns, and a choice of protein. It’s finished off with mochi ice cream.
1805 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

14. Oz Restaurant and Bar

2950 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Pretty much the only option for Australian dining in the area, Oz has to deliver a classic Aussie “brekkie.” Their Big Brekkie comes with sausage, bacon, baked beans, tomato, mushrooms, and a fried egg. There’s also a Brekkie Pie, and of course, lots of meat pies.
2950 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

15. Taco Bamba

2190 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church, VA 22043
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Mexican breakfast dishes are available throughout the day at Taco Bamba, starting at 8:30 a.m. They offer all the classics, like a basic enchilada, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and a sope with chorizo.
2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043

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16. The Queen Vic

1206 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
God save (room for breakfast at) the Queen Vic. They don’t mess around with their traditional full English breakfast, and they offer other British standbys like a sausage butty, Welsh rarebit, and bubble and squeak (essentially a potato vegetable cake made of fried leftovers). For anglophiles or homesick ex-pats, the tuck shop sells the necessities for a light breakfast at home, from McVitie’s Digestives to Marmite.
1206 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

17. The Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The Royal’s menu has various Latin influences, but focuses on Colombian cuisine. For breakfast, there’s an egg arepa with cotija cheese, avocado, and tomato, as well as the Calentando, a dish with rice, potatoes, peas, and house-made butifarra sausage, topped with a fried egg. For something on the sweeter side, try a guava pastry, plantain bread, or a corn muffin.
501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

18. Alfie's

3301 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Head to Alfie's for some new Southeast Asian brunch bites like breakfast fried rice or papaya salad, plus a well-received burger and several vegetarian options.
3301 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

19. Compass Rose

1346 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Enjoy that Georgian khachupuri and other international brunch items on the weekends. Dine with musical accompaniment during their go-go brunch on the first Sunday of every month.
1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

20. Espita Mezcaleria

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Brunch at Espita is a mix of some American brunch dishes and Mexican picks. Choose from biscuits and eggs, several taco varieties and more. UPDATE: They're currently tweaking their opening chilaques recipe but plan to eventually add those back as well.
1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

21. Kapnos Kouzina

4900 Hampden Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814