The Best Soup in Toronto
The 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.
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »