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Where to find the best soup in town

Where to find the best soup in town

by Simangele Mzizi
30 May 2022

Beat the blues in the Cape Town Central City with a bowl of hearty soup. Here are the best bowls to be had.

What’s up
: Soup it up at Butter All Day with the hearty tomato and basil soup that’s paired with a cheese toastie.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 08h00 to 15h00 and Sunday from 10h00 to 14h00
Location: 70 Loop St
Cost: R98
Book: www.butterallday.com or call 082 853 1939

Roasted butternut soup or chicken and sweetcorn soup with freshly baked homemade bread form part of the delicious soup of the day options available at Bread Milk and Honey.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 06h30 to 16h00 and Saturday from 08h30 to 13h30
Location: 60 Corporation St
Cost: R45 (small portion) – R50 (large portion)
Book: www.breadmilkhoney.co.za or call 021 461 8425

At Café Frank, servings of tasty soup range from 350 ml, 500 ml to 1 litre and include gluten-free and vegan options. The slow-roast tomato soup with basil oil and the chicken and black bean chowder soup is highly recommended. Add a cheese toastie on wholewheat sourdough or butter and bread (sourdough, 100 % rye, wholewheat sourdough or gluten-free).
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 15h00
Location: 160 Bree St
Cost: R45 (350 ml), R65 (500 ml) and R95 (1 litre)
Book: www.cafefrank.com or call 062 667 4633 \ 021 423 0360

The beautiful Company's Garden Restaurant does lunch from 12h00 onwards and it includes a soup of the day that’s served with grilled vegan ciabatta.
Opening times: Monday to Sunday from 08h30 to 18h00
Location: 15 Queen Victoria St
Cost: R68
Book: www.thecompanysgarden.com or call 021 423 2919

What’s up:
Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room is famous for its tasty smokey tomato soup, served with a grilled cheese sandwich. If a tomato isn’t your thing, other gluten-free options to go with the sandwich include oyster chowder or cauliflower soup.
Opening times: Monday from 07h00 to 16h00, Tuesday to Friday from 7h00 to 22h00, Saturday from 08h00 to 22h00 and Sunday from 08h00 to 15h00
Location: 133 Bree St
Cost: R96
Bookwww.clarkesdining.co.za or call 087 470 0165

Patrons are spoiled for choice at Hemelhuijs with appetising selections like white asparagus velouté soup with hazelnut brown butter and steamed apple as well as barley, lemon and bone marrow soup with gremolata.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 16h00 and Saturday 09h00 to 15h00
Location: 71 Waterkant St
Cost: R90 – R110
Book: www.hemelhuijs.co.za or call 021 418 2042

What’s up:
Labotessa Hotel’s Café & Terrace, which overflows onto the iconic Church Square, serves homemade soup daily with rye or sourdough bread. The soups are vegetarian and made with vegetable broth.
Opening times: Opens daily from 08h00 to 16h00
Location: 37 Parliament St
Cost: R85
Book: www.labotessa.com or call 021 010 6600

What’s up:
Lunchworks offers a range of vegan and gluten-free soups daily. Options include creamy yellow chicken curry, lamb stew, beef, chunky cabbage, three-bean soup, sweet potato and red lentil soup as well as bacon and red lentil soup. Keep an eye out on the venue’s Facebook page for daily specials.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h45 to 14h45.
Location: 22 Waterkant St
Cost: R45 (350 mil) – R59 (450 ml)
Book: www.lunchworks.co.za or call 021 418 3118

Aside from freshly baked goods for breakfast and lunch, Ruby's Bakery & Café, inside Pepperclub Hotel, has a soup of the day served with toasted garlic butter ciabatta.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h00 - 16h00 and Saturday from 08h00 to 12h00
Location: Corner of Loop & Pepper sts
Cost: R75
Book: www.pepperclub.co.za or call 021 812 8888

What’s up:
Stellski Coffee Bar, which recently relocated from Loop St to the Neighbourgood’s newly launched co-working space in Bree St, has a delectable tomato soup on the menu. It’s served with a “cheesy lover toastie” that’s grilled to “gooey perfection”.
Opening times: Monday from 07h00 to 16h00 and Saturday from 08h00 to 15h00
Location: 129 Bree St
Cost: R68
Book: www.stellski.com or 072 135 2677

With temperatures dropping, Seed & Circus has added soup to its deli fridge. It’s available daily on weekdays and is “usually best made to disappear with a cheese toasty”.
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday from 07h00 to 15h00, Saturday from 08h30 to 15h00 and Sunday from 08h30 to 14h00
Location: 7 Constitution St
Cost: R65
Book: via Dineplan (https://bit.ly/38FHkmJ) or call 063 776 8662

It’s soups galore at South China Dim Sum Bar. If you love Asian cuisine with fresh flavours, you’ll enjoy the venue’s selection which includes prawn noodle soup, Malaysian Laksa noodle soup with fresh hake and prawns, and pork and prawn dumpling noodle soup or braised beef noodle soup.
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday from 12h00 to 21h00
Location: 289 Long St
Cost: Varies
Book: www.facebook.com/SouthChinaDimSumBar or call 078 846 3656

What’s up
: There are six wonderful soups to choose from at The Electric: tomato, mint and pea, French onion, orange, carrot and red lentil, turmeric and ginger, as well as zucchini and cheddar.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h30 to 18h00, Saturday from 09h00 to 14h30 and Sunday from 10h00 to 15h00
Location: 48 Canterbury St
Cost: R50 – R55 while any choice of soup with a grilled cheese sandwich is R75.
Book: www.the-electric.com or call 021 461 0916

Villa 47 celebrates Italian, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine so you can be assured its zuppa del giorno (soup of the day) is packed with amazing flavours. The soup changes daily depending on what’s fresh and includes fab flavours from hearty Minestrone to prawn and tomato to a lovely courgette and gorgonzola.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 22h00 and Saturday 08h30 to 22h00
Location: 47 Bree St
Cost: Varies depending on the soup of the day
Book: www.villa47.co.za or call 021 418 2740

IMAGES: Clarke's Bar and Dining Room, Labotessa, South China Dim Sum Bar, The Electric 

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