What A Typical Breakfast Looks Like In Spain

If you've ever been to Spain, chances are that you couldn't eat as much as you wanted and didn't have the opportunity to try all the delicious dishes that the country offers. And there are too many tasty dishes to try out in just one trip. Of course, you already might've tried the most famous dishes such as the refreshing and chilled gazpacho soup, which is especially popular during summer, or the mega-popular Valencian paella, a hearty mixture of rice and meat such as chicken or rabbit (per BBC Good Food). 

And who goes to Spain without setting foot inside one of the country's many tapas bars? These bars offer small portions of food to go with your beverage of choice. A wide selection of snacks, appetizers, or finger food is offered with your beer or wine, and each region in Spain has its own unique foods. 

However, tapas are most commonly enjoyed from late afternoon to late night (per Spain Guides). But what do the Spanish eat in the morning?

Spanish breakfast foods include sandwiches, potato tortillas, and churros

When the day begins in Spain, most people like to sit in a cafe for a cup of coffee and a quick bite of simple sandwiches called bocadillos, which can be filled with anything from cheese and Spanish jamon (ham) to fish and vegetables (per World Travel Connector). People in Spain have a wide array of breakfast foods to choose from, and one of the most popular ones is the humble Spanish omelet. It's also known as tortilla, but it's a far cry from its Mexican cousin with the same name. The Spanish tortilla is made with a mixture of potatoes, eggs, and onions fried in olive oil. Additional ingredients, such as chorizo sausage and strips of bell peppers, are often added to the tortilla. Once done, it's sliced into wedges and served. 

Another popular breakfast option is the tostada or pan con tomate, consisting of a baguette drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt, and rubbed with tomatoes. Interestingly enough, eggs aren't that popular, so if you're offered a classic omelet or scrambled eggs, beware — those are usually reserved for tourist areas (per Andalucia In My Pocket). 

And let's not forget the warm and crispy churros, paired with a cup of hot chocolate for dipping. In the end, wash it all down with a glass of orange juice or café con leche (coffee with milk), and you'll be ready for the day that awaits (per Spanish Sabores).