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6 international breakfasts to try without ever leaving D.C.

It may not be possible to catch an international flight just to satisfy a craving, but there are ways to satiate your foodie wanderlust in the form of a Colombian arepa or a Belgian waffle.

Here are six spots where you can try breakfast dishes from other parts of the world, without ever leaving D.C.

The Royal

This LeDroit Park all-day cafe with a Latin American bent is a favorite for Colombian arepas. The arepas rancheros - cheese arepa, fried egg, beans, avocado and cilantro - is hearty and delicious, but if you want something a bit more basic, the arepa with egg, cotija cheese and avocado hits the spot. For days when you really need a boost, the Calentado – with rice, potatoes, peas, egg and sausage – is perfect. Opt for a cup of coffee and a guava pastry if you prefer to start your mornings with something sweet.

The Royal opens at 8 a.m. every day; 501 Florida Ave NW


This family-run spot has been around a while, and is the spot to start your morning with a large, affordable portion of Eritrean breakfast food. The “ful” is a mixture of eggs, beans, vegetables and other assortments that you can customize, and is served with a white roll that you can use to soak up all the sauce. The “fatta with egg sisi” – a combination of bits of injera (bread) and a spiced sauce (vegetarian or meat) is very good too.

Keren opens at 8 a.m. every day; 1780 Florida Ave NW


For a taste of Scandinavian breakfast pastries and sandwiches, head right over to this lovely Nordic café in Dupont. A freshly baked cardamom bun or cinnamon roll and a savory pastry stuffed with beef and rice are both delicious. Or get a classic seven seed bread with lingonberry jam along with a cup of coffee and get your day off to a fantastic start.

Mikko opens at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. on Sat-Sun, and is closed Mondays; 6440, 1636 R St NW

Gloria's Pupuseria

This no frills spot in Columbia Heights is a tiny space, but it's big on flavor and value with typical Salvadoran dishes. Come here for pupusas and you won’t leave hungry. The made-to-order pupusas come with a range of fillings, but the cheese and the pork filled ones do not disappoint with great flavor and a nice dough-to-filling ratio. Make sure to get a taste of the curtido, cabbage slaw and the red salsa on the side. Seating is very limited, and there’s a $10 minimum on credit cards.

Gloria’s opens at 7:30 a.m. every day; 3411 14th St NW

Taco Bamba

Breakfast is available all day at various locations of this chain offering Mexican street food and creative tacos. Choose from huevos rancheros (eggs fried with chorizo, black beans and salsa), crunchy chilaquiles, or a breakfast taco that comes with cheddar omelette, chorizo, guacamole and other trimmings.

Taco Bamba (777 I St NW) opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


Belgian restaurant BToo recently started offering breakfast on weekdays, available to go or to stay. The coddle egg, which is served in a Belgian bokaal (glass jar), comes with a slow poached egg on top of butter rich carrot and mashed potatoes, served with fresh baguette. You can even take it away and bring the jar back the next time for $1 off your next purchase. On the sweet side, you can’t go wrong with a classic Belgian waffle with Nutella or speculoos.

BToo opens for breakfast Monday-Friday at 7:11 a.m.; 1324 14th St NW