As the temperature drops, more and more soups are working their way on to the menus of city centre eateries. Soup is one of those heart-warming, healthy and surprisingly filling meals that can make any winter’s day better. We have selected a few of the most flavoursome and hearty soups popping up around the city for the season.

Turkish Lentil & Tomato Soup, $17.50 | Mezze, 9 Durham St E

For a plant-based option, try the lentil and tomato soup at Mezze Bar. A Turkish winter warmer, this soup is packed full of flavour and served with hot pide bread. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere at Mezze Bar where the service is unpretentious and you feel at home. 

Pho Bo, $13.50 | District 5, 28 Shortland St

District 5 - Beef Pho

Fresh, flavourful and affordable, District 5’s Pho Bo instantly takes you to the streets of Vietnam. This Vietnamese beef rice noodle dish is a full flavoured broth that will keep you satisfied and warmed up for the rest of the day. The crunchy bean sprouts and tang of the chilli provides an exciting midday meal. 

Soup of the day, $10 | Goodlife Juice Co., 47 Fort St

Goodlife soup

With a focus on nutritious food, Good Life is a fantastic place to stop for a healthy soup that you can grab and go. With four different filling and warming soups on the menu, including pumpkin parmesan, red lentil and potato & leek, you are able to mix it up each visit. Add a slice of freshly made sourdough ($1) with a lick of lightly salted butter for a nice heart warming, wintery treat!

Matzo Ball Soup, $10 or $18 (starter or bigger bowl) | Federal Delicatessen, 86 Federal St

Matzo soup - federal delicatessen

Federal Delicatessen is the closest thing we have to a New York City deli in Auckland, complete with bottomless filter coffee and vinyl booths. The Matzo Ball soup is known as a classic soup that is made up of shredded chicken and bagel dumplings, also known as Jewish Penicillin. As the Fed Deli team say themselves, “your body will thank you”!

Seafood Chowder, $16 | The Crab Shack, Princes Wharf

Crab shack

Situated appropriately by the ocean, The Crab Shack serves a seafood chowder that is a must try for any seafood lover. Made up of clams, mussels, fish and prawns in a creamy chowder, this is a tasty and deliciously memorable dish that really fights off the winter chill.

Spicy & Sour Beef Slices with Sprouts & Lily Mushrooms in Soup, $24.80 | Chamate, 17 Swanson Street


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Located on Swanson Street, Chamate is an authentic Asian restaurant focused on modern Chinese cuisine. Their famous hand-pulled noodle soups are a must try, and we recommend the spicy & sour beef slices option especially. This flavorsome recipe is inspired directly by Shanghai-Chinese street food at its best! 

New England Clam Chowder, $15 | Wynyard Grill, 142 Halsey Street

Wynyard Grill - soup

Enjoy a New England Clam Chowder soup at Wynyard Grill at lunchtime. Made with clam meat, broth, potato, cream and bacon, this soup is served with home baked bread - delicious!

Tom Yum Soup, $16.90 | Aroy Thai, 13 Commerce Street

Aroy Thai

Thai cuisine offers a number of delicious steaming soups, and Aroy Thai executes them superbly. The Tom Yum Soup, made up of either rice or noodles, is a traditional sweet and sour soup that comes with fresh herbs, chicken and mushrooms. Hearty and warming, this soup is light on the palette but will leave you full and without complaint.

Wagyu beef noodle soup, $20 | Gochu, 7/21 Queen Street, Commercial Bay

Gochu - soup

Served with a generous amount of noodles, this wagyu beef noodle soup with chilli is a delicious and healthy soup that makes it the perfect warming meal! 

Last updated: 19 May 2021