No matter which time zone you wake up in, the best breakfasts or brunches are guaranteed to put a spring in your step and set you up for the day ahead.
We spoke to bloggers who told us about their favourites places around the world to enjoy what is arguably the most important meal of the day.
Russ & Daughters in New York
Recommended dish: Bagel with lox and a schmear
Enjoying a tasty bagel should be on your to-do list if you are about to embark on a cruise to New York. The city has become synonymous with bagels, and rightly so; from a variety of bread and flavours to a host of delicious fillings to tempt your taste buds, the New York staple has everything you could want for breakfast or brunch.
Karen from Wanderlusting K said one of her favourite places to indulge in a true New York breakfast is Russ & Daughters: “This iconic New York breakfast joint is famous for their fish, which is traditionally added to a bagel with cream cheese, this is known as a bagel with lox and a schmear. Russ & Daughters is a family business that is more than 100 years old and it still stands today.
“Like in the old days, you have to wait in line at the counter prior to paying for your bagel. The interior is straight out of a movie, with several movies actually having filmed inside this New York institution in the Lower East Side. Staff are friendly although brisk, so be sure to know your order before you enter.
“Luckily they also own a cafe just two blocks away where you can sit down to order your favourites without the rush. A true New York bagel with lox and a schmear is often messy due to the heavy amount of cream cheese, but it is very savoury due to the fish with a bit of sweetness due to the cream cheese. It’s a hearty breakfast, enough to last you for most of the morning without a snack.”
Café Korn in Denmark
Recommended dish: Pancakes and scrambled eggs
Not only will you be amazed by the breath-taking views if you book a cruise to Denmark, but you will also enjoy the abundance of wonderful food available as Karalee from Tales of Belle explains: “The best brunch spot in Denmark is Café Korn. At the weekend Café Korn offers a brunch buffet filled with delicious food made with quality ingredients from local producers including plenty of vegetarian options.
“The selection of food includes scrambled eggs, yoghurt with syrup and muesli, pancakes and pastries, bread and buns served with a selection of cheese, meats, jam and avocado slices, as well as fruit. The food is served in small-sized portions to help reduce food waste.
“I enjoyed all the food I tried, and I could tell it was made with a focus on quality. The atmosphere at Café Korn is unique, with the café being decorated like a farm shop since the owners previously operated an agriculture and production company with potatoes. Even though the café can be busy, especially during the weekends, I found the atmosphere to also be cosy with natural lighting and the staff friendly.”
Juliette in New York
Recommended dish: French onion soup and eggs benedict
If you want to eat like a local New Yorker then taking advice from someone born and raised in the city is a must. Blogger Urszula told us that New York City has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, however, her favourite is Juliette in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: “The decor of the Brooklyn based French restaurant is beyond beautiful.
“Juliette has been my number one restaurant to go to for years for a variety of occasions including dates, friends’ birthdays, and just simple brunches. My favourite dish to get is their French onion soup. It is hard to find any restaurant that sells French onion soup in the area. It’s super cheesy and tasty.”
Urszula said the restaurant is always packed with people and the staff are welcoming and friendly. As well as her go-to dish of French onion soup, Urszula also enjoys a classic eggs benedict: “You cannot go wrong with some pork and eggs for breakfast.”
Kaffe Bloom in Dubai
Recommended dish: Speciality coffee
Kaffe Bloom is a speciality coffee shop in Dubai and is often described as a ‘hidden gem’ in the city. Visitors can relax and enjoy a variety of coffee and speciality teas and sweet treats and savoury dishes.
Founder Chang Sup Shin told us all about Kaffe Bloom: “What I look out for when having brunch is food that is not too heavy, simple with a focus on ingredients and bread. We try our best to serve the same at our speciality coffee shop Kaffe Bloom.”
To quench your thirst, look out for ice-cold matcha teas, yuzu soda and plum soda which can be enjoyed with a chia jar which is packed full of wholesome ingredients.
Dishoom in Edinburgh
Recommended dish: Egg and sausage naan roll
Cruising the Scottish Isles is not complete without a trip to Dishoom in Edinburgh, according to Melanie from Two Plus Dogs. Diners can expect to see a plethora of dishes on the breakfast menu which incorporates western favourites with Irani flavours including fried eggs on chilli-cheese toast, three-egg omelettes with tomato, onion, coriander and green chilli, and bowls of warming house chai with lots of fruit, yoghurt and freshly baked naan rolls.
Melanie told us that one of the “most mouth-watering and fabulous brunches” she has ever had was at Dishoom: “We planned this visit after drooling over the picture of a bacon naan on various social media platforms. I chose the egg and sausage naan roll which consists of warm, freshly baked naan bread with just a touch of cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and herbs wrapped around peppery Ayrshire sausages and a rich fried egg which had a runny yolk - it’s delicious.
“The combination of the bread’s tandoori flavour with the delicious filling made this a taste sensation. Hugely satisfying and comforting to eat and a feast for the eyes. It is not every day that you eat a whole naan bread for breakfast is it? I was in heaven.
“We sat back, full and content to enjoy the sight of the restaurant which is spacious and set over two floors of a large historic building. The decor pays homage to Irani cafes and is full of quirky and cool touches. Friendly and laid-back staff were attentive, and the food is extremely well priced.”
Lowe in Dubai
Recommended dish: Kombucha and freshly baked bread with olive oil
During his days off Chang also enjoys brunch at Lowe which he describes as one of his favourite restaurants: “It is run by Kate and Jesse, a creative chef duo from Australia. Lowe is slightly off the beaten path near Al Barari and the brunch menu they serve there is on another level.”
Items on the menu include soaked oats with tea-poached apricots, pistachio and viola, buckwheat waffles with honey and whipped custard and English muffins with turkey ham and eggs.
Chang recommends ordering a bread dish from Lowe alongside a refreshing kombucha: “It's refreshing especially during the summer and the probiotic beverage will likely heal you a little from the party night before. The bread is a must. A plump piece of loaf drizzled with olive oil is so soft and steamy on the inside and pairs perfectly with their dip. It's a great starter whilst you wait for the main, which in my case is almost always salt beef flatbread. I love pastrami and I personally think they should open a salt beef sandwich joint next to my house.
“As a side, order the huge, crispy hash browns which can easily be shared. By this time, I'm usually too full to eat anything else but I can never resist the Madeleines. It's served above passion fruit curd and an ideal complement to the baked sponge cakes.”
Chang describes the ambience as laid back and comfortable: “You can dress in a tuxedo or shorts and flip flops and still feel comfortable dining in this space. This is the future of the dining scene in Dubai in my opinion.
“When you step in, you immediately notice the open kitchen with the open flame rotisserie against the walls. On the left, you will see the exposed cement walls that blend in with the wooden designs and ceilings. This is where they make arguably one of the best non-alcoholic concoctions in Dubai.
“As you enter, the team greets you as if they have known you for a long time. A lot of restaurants’ front of house act genuine but you can tell they are happy to see you. The kind of hospitality at Lowe is what other restaurants should reach for as they understand the ingredients of every dish on the menu and make you feel right at home.”
Karma Sanctum in London
Recommended dish: Two-course brunch menu with eggs royale
A two-course brunch at Karma Sanctum is the perfect way to set you up for some sight-seeing in London while the cruise ship is berthed.
Haydy from Squibb Vicious enjoyed a two-course brunch menu which consisted of eggs royale, and a smoked salmon and avocado pot: “We started the smoked salmon and avocado pot consisting of lemon and pepper yoghurt, with the most amazing maple-cured salmon, a scoop of avocado purée and topped with tea smoked salmon and caviar. We also had ham, egg, chips and peas with a slight twist. This was made up of pea and spinach purée with a layer of pulled ham hock, another fun layer of parsnip string fries and confit egg yolk to top it off.
“The second course was chia pancakes stacked with spinach, which consisted of so much divine chorizo, and a good drizzling of red pepper sauce. We also had the eggs royale, which, for those who don’t know, is made up of an English muffin, smoked salmon and a smothering of bearnaise sauce.”
Haydy said each dish was perfectly plated and the contrasting flavours worked in harmony. She also told us all about the atmosphere inside the restaurant: “We tried lots of things we hadn't had before and enjoyed them all. The receptionist offered the warmest welcome I’d received in a long time, and there was plenty of music imagery around the walls. The staff were very attentive, our glasses never went empty and you really don't feel like you're on the doorstep of one of the busiest parts of London.”
Whether you are looking to book solo cruises or a family cruise, one thing’s for sure, no matter where you go you are bound to discover some new and exciting breakfasts and brunches to enjoy.
Image Credit: Kaffe Bloom