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How to get breakfast in China outside your hotel

glbtrtr | Jan 5, 201507:14 PM

I will be in Harbin China, but assume this might be a good question for much of China - how to get a western breakfast outside of one's hotel. It seems like most cafes only open late in the morning for more savory items. What is open around 8am?

Our hotel is right near a very large underground shopping mall with apparently a food court, but don't know what we will find.

We do know McDonalds and Starbucks are down the street, but what should we look for in a shopping mall food court that would satisfy a "western type" breakfast desire - hot beverage, juice/fruit and some sort of cereal or hot good breads. Nothing sticky or sweet.

Eggs, maybe but nothing too exotic at this time in the morning. Scorpians on a stick or a stuffed pig head with marrow sort of thing. And I can do without congee (Picky, picky, picky I know - but breakfast prefers comfort and not adventure for me.)

I know I will see lots of stall selling all sorts of strange looking items to my eyes. How do I choose, how do I pay, where does one go to eat what they purchase or do you eat it on the run?

Thanks for any tips that might be useful in this very cold, northern Manchurian/Russian city. All reports conclude breakfast in our hotel is horrible and expensive.

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