The confluence of Eastern and European cultures is evident in Kazan
‘s abundant food options, and so for breakfast take your pick from a multicultural spread. Choose from traditional Russian dishes of pancakes and syrniki
, or the comforting baked Tatar
goods. Or, if you just want eggs, eat eggs. Start your day the right way with these picks on where to go for the best breakfasts and brunches in town.
Cafe, Russian, $$$
A self-service Soviet style canteen that is ideal to grab a pastry on the go, or a quick bite to eat in the morning. It serves up the heavy baked goods Tatar cuisine is renowned for, so Dom Chaya is also not a bad option when you’ve been out the night before. Fill up on hearty echpochmaks, a pastry filled with meat and potatoes, or cheborek, a deep fried savoury turnover or even a potato filled Kystyby to get you through the day. For those wanting a little lighter start there are pancakes and compotes to get stuck into.
Cafe, Russian, Vegetarian, European, $$$
The breakfast menu may not be the largest on offer, but it covers all bases. This family friendly cafe on Bauman Street whips up eggs several ways, as well as hearty porridge options and syrniki, a slightly sweet pancake made from quark and topped with lots of fresh fruits and drizzled with syrup. It also offers several kinds of kefir to choose from, a fermented milk drink popular in Russia. There is also a Tatar bakery attached to the cafe that bakes both savoury and sweet goods.
Cafe, Coffee Shop, European, Vegetarian, Coffee, $$$
Good strong coffee is what the friendly staff here do best. One of the trailblazing independent coffee shops in Kazan, they brew their coffees in multiple ways. If you don’t want a standard latte or filter coffee, try an air-press or siphon brewed caffeine hit. They also offer a good selections of teas as well. Delicious pastries, croissants and waffles are available, which they are happy for you to take your time over, making this place great for a slow morning.
Cafe, European, Vegetarian, Tea , $$$
A cheerful cafe for any time of day, Mambochino’s tasty breakfast menu serves up scrambled eggs, pancakes, with fillings of jams, fruit or sour cream, and buckwheat, oatmeal and rice porridge. It also offers thick, strong Turkish coffee
, if you are feeling particularly bleary eyed. The tea menu includes plenty of variety, covering Oolong, green tea, sencha and a selection of black teas.
Cafe, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Probably the closest thing to a greasy spoon, The Dublin is a good choice for when the day starts late and you are in need hair of the dog. The breakfast menu consists of pancakes with condensed milk, banana, jam and sour cream as the choice of fillings. But you can also choose from the main menu if you want something more substantial.
Cafe, European, Russian, Vegetarian, $$$
A super cute and cosy cafe, just off of the tourist strip, but still close enough to all the action. Russian breakfast standards of stuffed pancakes and syrniki are on offer, served between 9 am and midday. They also do eggs and more unusual fare like curd with a yoghurt dressing and vanilla sauce, topped with fresh berries. Order a breakfast and get a free cup of coffee – not a bad way to start the day.
Cafe, European, Russian, $$$
A cafe that offers up strong coffees and hot breakfasts in a light, bright and friendly atmosphere. Bacon and eggs, omelettes, pancakes and syrniki are all available here, they even have a black pancake for those who don’t mind taking early morning risks. There is also a selection of healthy and delicious granola and yoghurt pots. While they serve breakfast all day long, if you’re the first customer your breakfast comes free!
Cafe, European, Vegetarian, $$$
A reliable chain, with big servings and an extensive breakfast, this is where to go when you want something warm and heavy. There are also plenty of pastries and lighter dishes to choose from, if you don’t want to risk a food coma. However, if you do have a hang over or just really hungry try the breakfast on a frying pan, a fry-up with a Russian twist, the eggs and mushrooms come with fried potatoes, a pork tenderloin and pickled cucumbers