Winter Warmers: Sydney’s Best Soups
Come winter, salads and sandwiches go into hibernation and hearty soups come to the fore. If you’re looking for a comforting bowl to break up the workday fatigue or looking for a dinner spot with a fresh take on winter warmers, Sydney’s soup game is on point.
Bake Bar, Alexandria, Double Bay and Randwick
Stock Market Kitchen
Great Aunty Three, Enmore and Surry Hills
Stock Market Kitchen
Known for their ability to turn out some delicious baked goods, Bake Bar is designed as an open bakery and café. With multiple locations, you will never be too far from a freshly baked loaf or sweet treat. In winter, Bake Bar pair their delectable sourdough with heaty soul-warming soups. Check the board at their various locations for the daily soup selection.
Alexandria, Double Bay and Randwick
A taste of Paris right on George Street, Bistro Guillaume is as authentic as they come. This French bistro is the perfect spot for a working lunch and boasts one of the city’s best onion soups. Packed with thinly sliced, melt-in-your-mouth onions, this entrée dish is a great light lunch or perfect way to start a long lunch.
259 George Street, Sydney
Croutons Soup Bar has long been the winter lunch spot of choice for the 9 to 5 set. Located in Wynyard, you will have a hard time making your selection. The Mexican chilli packs a punch, while the tarragon poached chicken and the roast beef and veg are crowd favourites. The service is quick and friendly, so no need to worry about a potential Seinfeld situation.
G27/60 Margaret Street, Sydney
A former butcher’s shop, Café Giulia is a neighbourhood fave serving up modern Australian fare. This courtyard café has a rotating soup menu throughout the colder months and there is something for everyone. From fava and lentil to blackeye and lima bean soups, all are served with bread and the ‘option’ to add chorizo (we all know this isn’t really an option).
92 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Formally known as Earth Food Store, UMU Organic is the go-to for casual, plant-based eating. Offering a nutrient filled and organically focused menu, come winter, diners can enjoy a hearty and warm soup of the day. The flavour is rotated frequently and the soup is always served with sourdough. Delicious yet virtuous, you won’t have any post-meal regrets.
81a Gould Street, Bondi Beach
The pho-fanatics can rest assured knowing that Bun-meis always there to provide comfort. With locations across the city, this Vietnamese street-style eatery serves some of Sydney’s best. Whether you have the pho with beef, chicken, mixed beef and chicken, or mushroom and tofu, each option is über fragrant and tastes just as good.
If you are based downtown, Pho Pasteur in Haymarket presents some stiff competition in the Pho stakes. This laidback, hole-in-the-wall eatery specialises in traditional Vietnamese cuisine and come lunchtime, their pho is a popular choice. For traditionalists, there is plenty to choose from but our favourite is the crispy chicken noodle soup. Too delicious to resist.
709 George Street, Haymarket
Down by Barangaroo you can keep your tummy filled with one of Pho Mo’sdelectable creations. The Combination beef pho takes 12hr Vietnamese beef broth, and tops it with rare and brisket beef, beef balls, tendon and tripe with flat rice noodles and fresh herbs. And yes, you can add a naughty lunch break wine to the order to really heat things up.
Shop 9, 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Jimmy’s Recipe has garnered quite the rep and could be considered the authority on high quality laksa. This lively Malaysian eatery is known for turning out oily, noodley, bowls of deliciousness. Perfectly balanced with just enough of a chilli kick to keep you powering through the nippy weather, a visit to Jimmy’s would not be complete without trying the prawn laksa.
The Galeriesand Gateway Sydney
Classic and fresh, Great Aunty Three is a local Vietnamese dining fave. Chef Michael Le uses a recipe passed down by his grandmother, and it’s authentic and aromatic thanks to basil and star anise. Along with the usual beef and chicken bowls, the eatery serves vegan pho topped with soy chicken or soy prawns.
Chargrill Charlie’s, Various locations
No waiting required. Head straight to the fridge to pick up their pre-packaged gourmet soups.
The ‘soupe de jour’ is tres delicieux!
Ryo’s Noodles, Crows Nest
The queues out the front are an indication of how good the ramen and chicken soup is.
Shepard’s Artisan Bakehouse, Eastgardens
Homemade soup and artisan sourdough…a no-brainer.
So 9, Waterloo
Authentic Vietnamese pho and noodle soups…say no more!
Stock Market Kitchen, Various locations
Perfect for a quick work lunch on the go.