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14 Super Soups to Warm Up With in Montreal

Slurp up bowls of pho, cazuela, or matzo ball soup to stave off the cold weather blues

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A steaming bowl of soup is the culinary equivalent to a warm hug from an old friend — something that is in short supply as Montrealers continue to abide by red zone regulations. We love a good bowl of soup year round but when the weather drops below zero and the first snow fall has arrived, a serving of soup comes as an instant escape.

Whether you’re in search of a stick-to-your-ribs serving of laksa or a tried-and-true bowl of tomato soup, these are some of our favourite spots in the city. Note that while only one spot for each ramen and pho are included below, this guide and this one come through with more options.

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1. Rare Beef Pho at Pho Tay Ho

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6414 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2R7, Canada
(514) 273-5627
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Arguably offering the best pho outside of the Côte-des-Neiges Vietnamese soup hub, Pho Tay Ho offers a rich and warming slurp of beefy noodles — just as it should be. Place orders for takeout online or by phone, and delivery with Uber Eats, SkipTheDishes or DoorDash.

2. M’Berberli Soup at La Khaïma

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142 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M5, Canada
(514) 948-9993
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When dining rooms are open, chef and owner Atigh Ould, a native of Mauritania, often comes around and ladles the M’Berberli soup into diners’ bowls himself. Now, the blend of softened lentils, ginger, citrus, cumin, and paprika can be purchased for takeout or delivery. Meat and veggie stews are certainly the star of the show at La Khaima, but jumping right in without a warming soup feels unnecessarily hasty.

3. Tonkotsu Ramen at Yokato Yokabai

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4185 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2W 2L5, Canada
(514) 282-9991
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Splitting a large, cozy space with izakaya Ichigo Ichie, Yokato Yokabai’s milky, rich ramen is popular with omnivores and vegetarians alike, with both pork-based and vegetarian broths available. Takeout and delivery available with CHK PLZ.

4. Matzo Ball Soup at Hof Kelsten

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4524 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R4, Canada
(514) 649-7991
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Jeffrey Finkelstein’s modern Jewish spot has garnered a lot of hype over the past few years, and not without reason. It combines the best pastries that the French and Jewish have to offer, and while it’s officially a bakery, it also offers one of the best matzo ball soups in the city, smoking the bones used in their broth, allowing for that oh-so-satisfying umami feel. Buy a one litre jug on their website.

5. Tomato Soup at Réservoir

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9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G7, Canada
(514) 849-7779
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Calling what Reservoir serves bar food feels like a massive understatement — I mean, what other bar do you know that serves an olive oil and thyme-infused tomato soup? Pair with a jalapeno, cheddar, eggplant grilled cheese and it’s the perfect snow day pick-me-up. Place orders for takeout with CHK PLZ.

6. Soup of the Day at Café Santropol

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3990 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2W 1T7, Canada
(514) 842-3110
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Café Santropol’s vegan soups of the day are always chock full of fresh veggies and, despite the absence of any meat, as hearty as you could hope for a soup to be, with past flavours including Moroccan lentil and Brazilian bean. Order a solo bowl, or as a side with one of the equally tasty sandwiches. Place orders via their website.

7. Tom Yum at Mae Sri Comptoir Thai

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224 Rue Milton, Montréal
QC H2X 1V6, Canada
(438) 797-8888
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Chef Pamika Sukla began shaking up Montreal’s relatively dormant Thai food scene in 2013 with a Plateau restaurant bearing her name. She has since opened two counters (on Milton and St-Denis) specializing in noodles. Mae Sri offers an extensive menu of soups, ranging from Boat Noodle Ayuthaya to braised beef, but Sukla’s take on the Thai staple Tom Yum — with shrimp, ground pork and lots of lime — is a standout. Available for takeout or delivery via UberEats.

8. Borscht at Rasputin

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617 Boulevard Décarie, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 3L2, Canada
(514) 748-4921
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With La Caverne now closed and Stash Café on hiatus, coming by a bowl of borscht soup in the city is no easy feat. But Décarie restaurant Rasputin is still serving the delicious (and incredibly vitamin-packed) comfort meal. Best eaten with a generous dollop of sour cream and a slice or two of crusty bread. Take out only.

9. Yellow Noodle Soup at Restaurant Phnom Penh

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7153 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3R 2M2, Canada
(514) 739-8214

One of the few places in the city offering authentic yellow dipping noodles, Phnom Penh is a great choice for traditional Cambodian fare. Plus, a heaping bowl will only cost about $8. Tip: make sure to ask for the bones from the broth if you’re feeling adventurous. Pick off the meat, smother it in dipping sauce and enjoy a truly exceptional experience. Takeout only.

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10. Cazuela at Super Loco

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310 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A3, Canada
(514) 507-8727
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Super Loco has been serving empanadas and sandwiches since this summer when the Barroco Group transformed Old Port restaurant and wine bar Bocata into a South American pop-up. Also available is cazuela, a brothy Chilean soup made of chicken, corn, green beans, squash and red bell pepper. Takeout or delivery with Uber Eats.

11. Laksa at Satay Brothers

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3721 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada
(514) 933-3507
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Singaporean restaurant Satay Brothers ladels up laksa, a spicy, coconut milk-based Southeast Asian soup. It’s hot, hearty and, with chicken, shrimp and fish cakes served on top, quite filling; the perfect antidote to Montreal’s frigid winter days. Takeout and delivery with CHK PLZ.

12. Peanut Lentil Soup at Mandy's (multiple locations)

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5033 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1S8, Canada
(514) 227-1640
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Yes, this local mini-chain is best known for its salads, but Mandy’s soups are also worth a taste. They’ve got three options that travel the globe: The Bubby (matzo balls), chicken cumin (with black beans and corn), as well as peanut lentil, a take on a West African classic. It’s a vegan broth flavoured with rich peanut butter, veggies, brown rice, and lentils.

13. Tortilla Soup at Tacos Frida

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4350 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 2W6, Canada
(514) 316-3255
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While best known for tacos, St-Henri’s Frida does an equally mouthwatering tortilla soup. This traditional Mexican soup is packed with beans, chiles, and corn tortilla, and at Frida, a large serving rings in at just $5. In the mood for something heartier? Frida also does classic Mexican soup-stew pozole with flair. Available for takeout or delivery with UberEats.

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14. Shrimp Gumbo at Bistro Nolah

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3669 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9G 1X2, Canada
(514) 696-9797
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Gumbo in Montreal isn’t easy to come by; in fact, it’s virtually nonexistent. But this West Island Cajun haunt has been serving it with sausage or copious amounts of shrimps for almost eight years. The DDO strip mall restaurant is a favourite among locals, and the classic New Orleans comfort food is up for grabs as takeout or delivery.

1. Rare Beef Pho at Pho Tay Ho

6414 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2S 2R7, Canada

Arguably offering the best pho outside of the Côte-des-Neiges Vietnamese soup hub, Pho Tay Ho offers a rich and warming slurp of beefy noodles — just as it should be. Place orders for takeout online or by phone, and delivery with Uber Eats, SkipTheDishes or DoorDash.

6414 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2R7, Canada

2. M’Berberli Soup at La Khaïma

142 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M5, Canada

When dining rooms are open, chef and owner Atigh Ould, a native of Mauritania, often comes around and ladles the M’Berberli soup into diners’ bowls himself. Now, the blend of softened lentils, ginger, citrus, cumin, and paprika can be purchased for takeout or delivery. Meat and veggie stews are certainly the star of the show at La Khaima, but jumping right in without a warming soup feels unnecessarily hasty.

142 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M5, Canada

3. Tonkotsu Ramen at Yokato Yokabai

4185 Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2W 2L5, Canada

Splitting a large, cozy space with izakaya Ichigo Ichie, Yokato Yokabai’s milky, rich ramen is popular with omnivores and vegetarians alike, with both pork-based and vegetarian broths available. Takeout and delivery available with CHK PLZ.

4185 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2W 2L5, Canada

4. Matzo Ball Soup at Hof Kelsten

4524 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R4, Canada

Jeffrey Finkelstein’s modern Jewish spot has garnered a lot of hype over the past few years, and not without reason. It combines the best pastries that the French and Jewish have to offer, and while it’s officially a bakery, it also offers one of the best matzo ball soups in the city, smoking the bones used in their broth, allowing for that oh-so-satisfying umami feel. Buy a one litre jug on their website.

4524 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R4, Canada

5. Tomato Soup at Réservoir

9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1G7, Canada

Calling what Reservoir serves bar food feels like a massive understatement — I mean, what other bar do you know that serves an olive oil and thyme-infused tomato soup? Pair with a jalapeno, cheddar, eggplant grilled cheese and it’s the perfect snow day pick-me-up. Place orders for takeout with CHK PLZ.

9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G7, Canada

6. Soup of the Day at Café Santropol

3990 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2W 1T7, Canada

Café Santropol’s vegan soups of the day are always chock full of fresh veggies and, despite the absence of any meat, as hearty as you could hope for a soup to be, with past flavours including Moroccan lentil and Brazilian bean. Order a solo bowl, or as a side with one of the equally tasty sandwiches. Place orders via their website.

3990 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2W 1T7, Canada

7. Tom Yum at Mae Sri Comptoir Thai

224 Rue Milton, Montréal, QC H2X 1V6, Canada

Chef Pamika Sukla began shaking up Montreal’s relatively dormant Thai food scene in 2013 with a Plateau restaurant bearing her name. She has since opened two counters (on Milton and St-Denis) specializing in noodles. Mae Sri offers an extensive menu of soups, ranging from Boat Noodle Ayuthaya to braised beef, but Sukla’s take on the Thai staple Tom Yum — with shrimp, ground pork and lots of lime — is a standout. Available for takeout or delivery via UberEats.

224 Rue Milton, Montréal
QC H2X 1V6, Canada

8. Borscht at Rasputin

617 Boulevard Décarie, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 3L2, Canada

With La Caverne now closed and Stash Café on hiatus, coming by a bowl of borscht soup in the city is no easy feat. But Décarie restaurant Rasputin is still serving the delicious (and incredibly vitamin-packed) comfort meal. Best eaten with a generous dollop of sour cream and a slice or two of crusty bread. Take out only.

617 Boulevard Décarie, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 3L2, Canada

9. Yellow Noodle Soup at Restaurant Phnom Penh

7153 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3R 2M2, Canada

One of the few places in the city offering authentic yellow dipping noodles, Phnom Penh is a great choice for traditional Cambodian fare. Plus, a heaping bowl will only cost about $8. Tip: make sure to ask for the bones from the broth if you’re feeling adventurous. Pick off the meat, smother it in dipping sauce and enjoy a truly exceptional experience. Takeout only.

7153 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3R 2M2, Canada

10. Cazuela at Super Loco

310 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A3, Canada

Super Loco has been serving empanadas and sandwiches since this summer when the Barroco Group transformed Old Port restaurant and wine bar Bocata into a South American pop-up. Also available is cazuela, a brothy Chilean soup made of chicken, corn, green beans, squash and red bell pepper. Takeout or delivery with Uber Eats.

310 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A3, Canada

11. Laksa at Satay Brothers

3721 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P8, Canada

Singaporean restaurant Satay Brothers ladels up laksa, a spicy, coconut milk-based Southeast Asian soup. It’s hot, hearty and, with chicken, shrimp and fish cakes served on top, quite filling; the perfect antidote to Montreal’s frigid winter days. Takeout and delivery with CHK PLZ.

3721 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada

12. Peanut Lentil Soup at Mandy's (multiple locations)

5033 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1S8, Canada

Yes, this local mini-chain is best known for its salads, but Mandy’s soups are also worth a taste. They’ve got three options that travel the globe: The Bubby (matzo balls), chicken cumin (with black beans and corn), as well as peanut lentil, a take on a West African classic. It’s a vegan broth flavoured with rich peanut butter, veggies, brown rice, and lentils.

5033 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1S8, Canada

13. Tortilla Soup at Tacos Frida

4350 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 2W6, Canada

While best known for tacos, St-Henri’s Frida does an equally mouthwatering tortilla soup. This traditional Mexican soup is packed with beans, chiles, and corn tortilla, and at Frida, a large serving rings in at just $5. In the mood for something heartier? Frida also does classic Mexican soup-stew pozole with flair. Available for takeout or delivery with UberEats.

4350 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 2W6, Canada

14. Shrimp Gumbo at Bistro Nolah

3669 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9G 1X2, Canada

Gumbo in Montreal isn’t easy to come by; in fact, it’s virtually nonexistent. But this West Island Cajun haunt has been serving it with sausage or copious amounts of shrimps for almost eight years. The DDO strip mall restaurant is a favourite among locals, and the classic New Orleans comfort food is up for grabs as takeout or delivery.

3669 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9G 1X2, Canada

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