In this wintry weather, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a steaming bowl of soup and a crusty bread roll. Whether you’re mad for minestrone or love lentils, there are some awesome places in Sydney to hole up, grab some hearty broth and slurp away.
We’ve done the legwork and tracked down the most super of soups, all you need to do is head out and give them a try. Get to it!
A century ago, this space was actually used as a butcher shop. Luckily, they’ve since put down their meat cleavers and have instead turned to coffee and some fabulous soups. While they keep the menu pretty seasonal, you’ll find Mediterranean-inspired favourites like split pea fava and fasolatha, a Greek bean soup on offer all year round. Café Guilia is a lively little spot so pull up a chair, have a moment and take it all in.
Bertoni in Farrer Place
This ristorante, bar and take-away space is one of Bertoni’s most popular locations. Every day you’ll find three different kinds of soup of offer, from classics like potato and leek to more exotic and flavourful stews. You can also add sweet potato chips, croutons and a slice of bread to your order so you can have lunch YOUR way. Now that makes for a happy tummy!
A popular little hideaway just off Bourke Street serves up an array of delicious whole foods and their soups are something of legend. With dairy free, gluten free and vegetarian options, Venus will cater to even the most fussy of eaters. If you want to go all out with some meat, grains and veggies, you can be sure that you’ll be getting a tonne of foodie goodness in a bowl. Guilt-free lunching? Sign us up!
Egg of the Universe
Sydney’s only yoga studio and café is the perfect place to get your wholefoods kick, especially in this wintry weather. Their slow-cooked chicken broth with greens, buckwheat and some buttered spelt sourdough on the side could warm even the coldest day. However, if the weather does perk up, make sure you grab a seat and blanket in the café garden—it’s so lush and green, you’ll barely feel like you’re in the city.
Who does a better onion soup than the French? This Franco-inspired eatery serves up one with gruyere and garlic croutons for a truly European experience (though we wouldn’t recommend kissing anyone after eating it!). To accompany your tasty bowl of deliciousness, make sure you grab one of Bitton's freshly baked baguettes to dunk into the soup. It’s how the French do it after all!
Lentil As Anything
In addition to having a punderful name, these guys have a big heart too. The not-for-profit organisation runs pay-as-you-feel restaurants around Australia where customers sample some of their yummy grub and cough up as much as they feel the meal is worth at the end. Pretty clever, right? Their soups are by far the most popular and their seasonal, ever-changing menu means you could stop by every day and never be bored! The Newtown café has a real community feel, runs cool monthly events and plays some pretty funky music. Not to be missed.
With fans like The Veronicas and Miranda Kerr, this kooky little café also serves up a damn good soup. In fact, Kawa's chef, Meg Hewitt, makes such a good minestrone that it has the supermodel’s seal of approval (if it’s good enough for an ex-Victoria Secret’s Angel…). Cosy up inside with a bowl of broth and a friend or two. Winter will be over before you know it.
The Farm Wholefoods
Featuring a very healthy bone broth soup, the guys at new Sydney café, The Farm Wholefoods know how to nourish our souls. Dig into a warming bowl and just feel the good it’s doing to your insides.
In the gorgeous northside suburb of Avalon, sits a fittingly gorgeous café. Smalltown are known for their delectable donuts and bloggable breakfasts, but they also do a mean market soup of the day (complete with toasted sourdough). The soup changes regularly, so keep an eye on their specials board.
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Image credit: Bertoni