Top 10 Places for Soup in Toronto
Published: January 13, 2022
Winter is upon us and there is no better way to warm up than with a bowl of soup. If there is one thing Toronto has plenty of, it’s local soup slingers who are ready to offer everything from a cozy and comfortable chicken noodle soup to a flavourful bisque or ramen to-go. A budget-friendly winter lunch staple, these are Toronto’s best bowls of soup to beat the cold-weather blues on your visit to the city. Whether you’re a local looking for lunch as a way to support small businesses or a visitor seeking a filling takeout bowl, grab a spoon and get your soup on!
Remember: These days, you need to always check before you go – either by web or phone. Locations may open or close due to changing restrictions.
One of Toronto’s best-loved soup restaurants, Ravi Soups has been serving up internationally inspired flavour bowls to diners for over 20 years. Though “soup master” Ravi Kanagarajah passed away in 2013, his creations are still a hit with the lunchtime crowd. Among the most-popular soups on the takeout menu are the signature Ravi Stew with chicken, wild rice and roasted yams and the chicken hot pot broth made from coconut milk, pineapple and noodles. With multiple storefronts in the city, the main location downtown Toronto is located on Adelaide Street West just a 15-minute walk from UP Express Union Station, with another convenient location less than a 10-minute walk from UP Express Bloor Station on Dundas Street West.
Toronto Soup Co. at Soul Provisions
Enjoy a bowl of soup while supporting the local community! For every litre of Toronto Soup Co. soup sold at Soul Provisions, the business will give a bowl of soup to someone in need. The Vaughan Road soup kitchen serves up a rotating menu of handcrafted soup-to-go including meat and vegan options like mulligatawny or chicken soup with matzo balls. Plus, Toronto Soup Co. can set you up with a special chicken soup delivery care package you can send to someone who is feeling under the weather.
Esther, Queen of Soups
They don’t call her the queen for nothing! Owner Esther Joseph has been serving up homemade soups to-go from 100% natural ingredients at Esther, Queen Of Soups in Yorkville’s Cumberland Terrace Mall for more than 20 years. Featuring a menu of soups that start at $4.25 a bowl, soup-seekers best beat the lunchtime crowd to get a bowl of Joseph’s signature eggplant with roasted peppers and split pea soups, guaranteed to sell out daily. For those with dietary restrictions, each one of Esther’s delicious soups are free from oil, butter, sugar, cream and flour.
United Bakers Dairy
The regulars of this popular family-run diner know United Bakers Dairy is the place to go for the best split pea soup in the city. Operating since 1912, this Lawrence Plaza establishment still uses a recipe that has been passed down for generations through founder Aaron Ladovsky’s family. Packed full of peas, carrots, and thin egg noodles, the diner serves up tasty takeout bowls of its beloved soup for just $3.80. Head there from UP Express Weston Station by connecting to the TTC Lawrence Avenue bus.
Decadence in a bowl, Maison Selby’s French onion soup is an ooey, gooey thing of beauty. Boasting jammy onions and three types of cheese, visitors to the French-inspired restaurant’s location in a 135- year-old converted mansion at Bloor Street East and Sherbourne Street can experience why this bowl is one of Toronto’s best soups. When dining-in isn’t an option, Maison Selby has also made it possible to get their famously rich soup via delivery so you can recreate the magic at home.
There is no shortage of ramen restaurants in Toronto, but when you’re craving a bowl of authentic Japanese goodness, look no further than Ramen Isshin. A mini-chain with four locations offering takeout in the city – including one a 10-minute walk from UP Express Union Station at Assembly Chef’s Hall – Ramen Isshin has traditional, vegetarian, and vegan ramen options. Try one of their signature red and white miso broth blends and you’ll know why Yelp users have voted Ramen Isshin the number one ramen restaurant in Canada three years in a row.
One Love Vegetarian Café
Spice up your winter with some hearty Caribbean flavours at One Love Vegetarian Café. What started as a small food court kiosk at Toronto’s Harbourfront now boasts a full-fledged vegan and vegetarian café at Bloor Street West and Bathurst Street. Locals flock here to sample their tasty One Love Jamaican corn soup with pumpkin and split peas – a soup so tasty it was featured on the Food Network.
Located a 20-minute walk or short TTC streetcar ride from UP Express Bloor Station, this Polish restaurant has been serving up traditional Eastern European soups for more than 30 years. Dishing out cold borscht, white borscht, beet root soup with dumplings, and a hearty beef goulash, each of their soups is made in house daily. Grab a side of Café Polonez’s pierogis for a truly filling winter meal you won’t regret.
Serving up bowls of glorious pho since 1987, the Ossington strip’s Golden Turtle is the place to go for a warming bowl of this Vietnamese soup staple. Offering nearly 20 varieties of rice noodle soup to satisfy both meat eaters and vegans alike, plan ahead and take your piping hot bowl of soup to-go with takeout and delivery options available.
Sip some soup at Zoup! With convenient locations around downtown Toronto including a spot one block from UP Express Union Station on Front Street West, this “souper” takeout spot offers a variety of homestyle classics like their tasty chicken pot pie soup garnished with crumbled pie crust and creamy lobster bisque. The more adventurous can tempt their taste buds with Zoup’s alligator gumbo featuring a seafood broth chock full of alligator, crawfish, andouille sausage, vegetables, and Cajun seasons.