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Breakfast in Irkutsk

Eat some breakfast and then change the world.

Here are some places for you to start a great day when in Irkutsk.

Zhito / Жито

a plate of food on a table

Where: Sukhe-Bator street, 15а

What time: Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.

An extremely atmospheric place. It stands out from the cafes you have already been. For breakfast, you can have unusual sandwiches with a cup of fascinating herbal tea, and porridge. Your breakfast will be served very nicely. It is also one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the city.

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”  A.A. Milne

Bliss / Блисс

a plate of food with a knife

Where: Sukhe-Bator street, 7

What time: Monday – Friday from 8 am, Saturday – Sunday from 9 a.m.

Bliss has always been a favorite spot to grab some coffee when one has a break for whatever. But it’s also a very nice breakfast place. Here you can have some yoghurts, pastry, cakes, and sandwiches. They may go with some fragrant coffee or berry tea. Nice music is always played here making your breakfast twice as enjoyable.

“One of the great things about being a grown-up is eating cake for breakfast without having to ask for permission.”

The next two following places are located in a very nice spot of the city “130 Quarter”. This spot has been beloved among the Irkutsk citizens since 2011 when it was opened while the city was celebrating its 350th anniversary. It’s famous for lovely wooden houses built in old Russian style with amazing decorations came from the pagan time. These houses are accommodating different local shops and restaurants, cafes serving  traditional Siberian food. Right at the beginning of the Quarter, there is a monument to the symbol of Irkutsk – Babr. If you touch its claws, all your wishes will come true.

Castro café

a plate of food on a table

Where: 3 Iyulya street, 7

What time: Monday – Sunday from 8:30 a.m.

Fresh salads and yummy sandwiches are good options for a fresh start of your day. Delicious desserts and fruit smoothies are a great addition. And a freshly brewed cup of coffee of cause. Take your time.

We as human beings have the amazing capacity to be reborn at breakfast every day and say, “This is a new day.” Jack Kornfield


a plate of food and a cup of coffee

Where: 3 Iyulya street, 1а

What time: Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.

Here you can have a really king breakfast. Let’s see what is on the menu.

Fried eggs with bacon, tomatoes, and string beans.

Rice porridge with raspberry, or oatmeal porridge.

Cheese or chicken sandwiches.

Cheesecakes and granola.

Classical croissants or with jam fillings.

Waffles with ice-cream.

“There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.” Ron Swanson

New Zealand pies / Новозеландские пироги

a close up of a plate of food

Where: Sverdlova street, 8

What time: Monday – Sunday from 8 a.m.

This lovely café was established by a couple from Irkutsk. Once they traveled to New Zealand and fell in love with local pies. Now they are sharing this pie love with us.

Here you can enjoy pies with different filling. Tastes differ, and your taste is taken into account.

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” John Gunther

Your mouth must be watering.

All these spots are a good reason to get up early, have some wonderful breakfast and explore the city following our list of the things to do in Irkutsk. If you are not sure what to do in the evening, you are always welcome on our Irkutsk evening city tour given by the local passionate guide.

Written  by a local guide, Marina