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The Best Soup in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / February 24, 2014

best soup in torontoThe best soup in Toronto can fill tummies, warm souls and cure colds all at once (or so says folklore). Easily added as a side to a simple lunch, many of these piping hot examples are nourishing and hearty enough to be considered a meal in their own right. Rich broths, chunky chowders and aromatic purees are available across town in endless varieties. Distinguishing the best from the rest, these kitchens start from scratch and make one-pot wonders that draw from cross-cultural inspiration and time-honoured traditions.

Here is the best soup in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Ramen in Toronto
The Best Wonton Soup in Toronto
The Best Congee in Toronto
The Best Pho in Toronto

RaviSoups

RaviSoups

The original location in the Club District is still a popular lunchtime draw but now it's possible to get the late soup master Ravi Kanagarajah's (RIP) excellent soup on Dundas West (near the Junction) and West Queen West too. The menu offers a varied selection of broths, chowders, misos and stews for $8-$9. The corn chowder topped with blue crab is widely cited as one of the best. More »

Dundas Park Kitchen

Dundas Park Kitchen

This lunch counter and bake shop stirs up its selection of soups frequently but has been known to offer steaming bowls of Mexican black bean soup with vibrant garnishes, rich bowls of tomato with cheddar crouton and a Jamaican pumpkin and salt cod chowder. Add to any sandwich as a side for $3 or make it a meal for $7. You can even take home a litre for $14. More »

One Love Vegetarian

One Love Vegetarian

One Love Corn Soup is the sole soup option on the menu of this meat-free takeout counter near Bathurst station. Here, the peppery rich broth is a major draw and comes studded with chunks of potato and Jamaican pumpkin, peas and fresh corn off the cob. A small serving costs $3 while the large goes for $5. More »

Soup Nutsy

Soup Nutsy

Three locations in the Financial District specialize in a menu of hearty liquid lunch options and offer a vast revolving menu that's been known to feature options like Mexicali tomato soup and Senegalese peanut soup. Prices vary, but typically fall between $7 and $10. More »

Esther Queen of Soups

Esther Queen of Soups

Tucked away in Cumberland Terrace, this lunch counter sells at least a half dozen soups du jour for less than $6.50 a bowl. The local favourite is hands down the rich mulligatawny, a chunky medley of curried vegetables and chicken that packs just the right amount of heat. More »

Cafe Polonez

Cafe Polonez

Honouring old world recipes, this Polish kitchen on Roncesvalles does two daily specials that sell for $4.75-$5.75 and rotate through a lineup including house-made beet soup with dumplings, beef tripe soup, goulash and dill pickle soup with fresh fish. More »

United Bakers Dairy

United Bakers Dairy

The hearty, soul-warming soups reliably on offer at this old school Jewish diner include split pea or beet borscht. A range of daily specials rotates through home-style favourites like vegetable, barley bean, potato and cabbage borscht offered for $4.89 a bowl or 3.69 for a half bowl. More »

Liberty Village Market and Cafe

Liberty Village Market and Cafe

This jewel on Jefferson offers half a dozen daily homemade soups for self serve. While the lineup changes frequently, best bets include steaming cups of mushroom & wild rice soup, curried lentil and creamy butternut squash that sell for less than $5. More »

Doug's Public Kitchen

Doug's Public Kitchen

This organic, gluten free and vegan take away spot is just a stones throw away from Glencairn subway. Seasonal soups like sweet potato, coconut milk with ginger or pureed roast celery root with lentils are sold in mason jars ($12ish) to go for at-home enjoyment. More »

Discussion

22 Comments

asdf replying to a comment from Marvin / February 24, 2014 at 02:36 pm
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Try harder.
Soup Nazi / February 24, 2014 at 02:49 pm
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Do any of these places make a good lobster bisque?
Jaclyn / February 24, 2014 at 03:03 pm
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Zoup! needs to be on this list!
Jenkins replying to a comment from Soup Nazi / February 24, 2014 at 03:13 pm
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Soup Nutsy's lobster bisque is great.
BillyO / February 24, 2014 at 03:26 pm
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Ravisoup's curried apricot soup is tremendous - a combo with a curried lamb wrap his great, especially during these crappy winter days.
2 / February 24, 2014 at 03:50 pm
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Abbott Pub and Fare on Yonge does a top notch soup of the day. Great with a pint!
Sooooooup / February 24, 2014 at 03:57 pm
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Fusaro's at Spadina and Richmond W does some of the best soup I've had in this city.
Gina / February 24, 2014 at 05:35 pm
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Caplansky's borscht.
Unreal.
Andrew / February 24, 2014 at 06:09 pm
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commenting on Soup Nazi:

Soup Nutsy & Fred Not Here make a good lobster bisque
Zebra / February 24, 2014 at 08:19 pm
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Sooooo, we seriously are doing an article on best soup in the city? On top of that, people are leaving comments that Hortons is a good option for soup. Seriously, when it rains, it pours.
Jaki / February 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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Second vote for Bread and Roses, Bloor west village. The best soups!
Tony / February 25, 2014 at 08:48 am
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Mcdonalds has the best soup. One Love is so so, Doug's Public Kitchen sounds interesting. Tim Hortons? Get a life.
Jan / February 25, 2014 at 10:17 am
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This Thursday Cookie Martinez is making her Colombian speciality: Ajiaco Bogotano, a very hearty and most delicious soup I have ever had! Starting 6PM at the Depanneur (1033 College West)
Soup guy / February 25, 2014 at 10:36 am
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Fuck you Zebra! This is a good list. Lots of people do enjoy going out of their way for soup. Especially with this type of weather.
Simply Soup / February 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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Soup 'n Such has great soups. You may not get the sugar and salt of the other places but you will get fresh made soup full of fresh ingredients, no preservatives or soup bases all at a great price. If you don't care where your calories come from or your sodium level, most places will satiate the sugar/salt craving our food culture has developed in you. If you you want fresh, simply good soup, Soup 'n Such is the place for it.
realfood / February 25, 2014 at 05:43 pm
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A soup with Caribbean sweet potaoes, edos, cassava, and meat (chicken, beef, lamb, or goat) in a hearty broth with split peas (or kidney beans) is the best thing all year long.
Julia / March 1, 2014 at 03:16 am
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Trattoria Taverniti on College and Clinton always has delicious home-made italian soups! I tried the Straciatella soup last week (chicken and parmesan cheese) and it was very good!
Norbert Vollkornbrot / March 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm
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Camelia, the owner at Cliffside Hearth Bread Company makes amazing soups, all vegetarian but really tasty. Take out only. Great service. Check it out Slim.
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Soup 'n Such / October 31, 2014 at 03:38 pm
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Thank you "Simply Soup". I really appreciate it when someone, gets it. Food is about food. We should appreciate and enjoy the goodness provided in what we eat, not to have it loaded up with salty soup bases and sugars. Thanks again, fellow freshatarian.

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