In recent years, brunch has become the ‘thing’ to do on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Wake up late, meet friends at your local cafe, drink coffee and/or champagne and chatter into the afternoon. The increasing popularity of the meal comes down to a number of factors – its respectable timing, the crossover of breakfast and lunch dishes, and the addition of alcoholic drinks, to name a few.
Language learning platform Babbel have put together a list of the best places to eat brunch around the world. Feast your eyes and add them to your travel must-do list.
Germany – THE BARN, Berlin
THE BARN is a leading speciality coffee roaster in Europe with beans sourced from sustainable, traceable farming. The roastery on Schönhauser Allee features a spacious café space with a focus on fresh, quality beans that are lightly roasted in small batches. THE BARN boasts a unique brunch that offers a selection of cold foods curated specifically because the smell of hot food would interfere with the scent of coffee. Cakes and sandwiches are freshly made in their kitchen every morning, bread is sourced from local Handwerksbäckereien (artisan bakeries) and there’s an array of vegan and gluten-free options too.
UK – Granger & Co, London
It’s no great surprise that there’s an Australian influence to one of London’s most popular cafés. Australian chef Bill Granger likes to reflect his perception of Down Under at the Granger & Co collection of restaurants – “sunny, easygoing and generous.” The Notting Hill flagship store is extremely popular, with lines around the street corner on weekends. Luckily, there are three other Granger & Co stores in London. Brunch options include sweet corn fritters, ricotta hotcakes, acai bowls, bircher muesli, vegan granola and even the ‘fresh Aussie’ – a jasmine tea with hot smoked salmon, poached eggs, greens, avocado and cherry tomatoes.
Denmark – Union Kitchen, Copenhagen
The Union Kitchen is located close to tourist mecca Nyhavn and serves all of the popular brunch options, including eggs benedict and buttermilk waffles. For a unique twist, try the café’s speciality – meatballs available in a range of sizes with dozens of sauces and fillings. Morgenmad (breakfast) platters are another great choice, and there’s even a special Bartender’s Hangover Burger – complete with a fried egg and a shot of Fernet-Branca on the side.
Spain – Toma Café, Madrid
Toma Café is as hip as any place you’d find in Melbourne, London or Brooklyn. Madrid’s own coffee centre has a relaxed atmosphere and is as one of the first specialty coffee spots in Spain’s capital. Toma’s brunch menu includes a delicious array of sandwiches, fresh salads and buttery pastries made in-house. You won’t be disappointed after a visit to this café.
France – Holybelly, Paris
Looking for a heartier breakfast than France’s much-loved croissant? Open from 9am, Holybelly guarantees “good food, good coffee and good service in a consistent fashion.” Weekend lines convey the café’s quality, so try to get there early if possible. Menu staples such as chia pudding, savoury pancakes and house-made granola will fill the belly and fuel you for the day ahead.
Portugal – Fabrica, Lisbon
Fabrica is the place to go for good coffee in Portugal. With 100% Arabica beans sourced directly from producer’s farms, you can buy everything from aeropress and cold brew to filter and espresso. To complement the liquid energy, Fabrica offers a scrumptious menu, with homemade strudels, cakes and famous Portuguese custard tarts. If you’re more of a savoury person, try their quiche, salads and smoked salmon or veal sandwiches.
Sweden – Greasy Spoon, Stockholm
A no-fuss establishment, Greasy Spoon promises “breakfast and brunch, all day every day.” Blueberry pancakes, soft eggs on mash with sourdough soldiers and breakfast basics will satisfy even the fussiest bruncher. Standard coffees are contrasted with matcha and turmeric lattes, meaning you can indulge in that morning cappuccino or go caffeine-free for the day. You may have to wait a while, but it’ll be worth it.