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The 5 Best Bowls Of Soup In Edinburgh

We are well and truly into Autumn here in the capital and there is a definite chill in the air. But despite the cold, it’s one of our favourite times of the year. We can think of few things more beautiful than Edinburgh covered in the striking colours of Autumn!

Thankfully there are many things to do in the capital during the colder months, like visit some of our favourite Warm Places for Cold Days in Edinburgh or enjoy a drink beside a roaring fire in one of Edinburgh’s Top 5 Cosiest Bars.

But perhaps our favourite way to keep warm is to indulge in a comforting bowl of hot soup. Is there anything better to get you through a chilly day? It’s time to wrap up warm and head out to your nearest hot soup hotspot with our guide to Edinburgh’s best bowls of soup!

1. Sampling Platter from Union Of Genius

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Union of Genius | 8 Forrest Road

It makes sense to start with one of Edinburgh’s most famous places for soup, Union of Genius, Scotland’s first soup cafe. This popular place aims to use only the highest quality local ingredients and keeps a close eye on their carbon footprint. They use only recyclable packaging and what’s even better is that you can get free soup when you bring your own container or return their takeaway packaging! The team here are also committed to helping those in need via their Bethany Trust Care Van and have fed countless people since opening.

Just around the corner from the National Museum of Scotland, Union of Genius in a convenient spot if you’ve spent your day trekking around the Old Town. What’s really fun about this cafe is that there are various ways to enjoy their soup. Of course, there’s the traditional way (soup in a bowl) or you can slurp from one of their delicious edible bread bowls, or even sample three of their soups with a selection of artisan bread. With a warm atmosphere and so many soups to choose from, this cosy spot makes the top of our list.

2. Seafood Chowder at Fishers

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Fishers Restaurants | 58 Thistle Street + 1 The Shore + 3 The Shore

With three locations in Edinburgh, this famous seafood restaurant is one of the capital’s most popular. Fishers has graced Edinburgh’s finest casual-dining scene for the last 20 years and is a great place to enjoy seafood year-round. In their authentic and laid-back restaurants, you can relax and warm up with incredible seafood and great service. It will come as no surprise that they just happen to have some of the city’s best seafood chowder! It comes with our highest recommendation.

3. Homemade Soup & Organic Bread at Archipelago

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Archipelago | 39 Dundas Street

One of our favourite places to steal away to during our lunch breaks is Archipelago Bakery, fortuitously located just a few doors down from our office in the New Town. Archipelago is a small, independent and organic bakery that puts a lot of thought into their food. All of their products are either organic, local or of very high quality, and their food is made from scratch every day. They continuously strive to perfect their tried and tested recipes, and we can vouch for this, as they have some of the tastiest and freshest soup this side of Princes Street! Their homemade soup with artisan bread and butter makes for the perfect cold-weather lunch. Finish off with a warm cup of locally produced Rare-Bean Coffee and a slice of handmade cake.

4. Laksa at Kampong Ah Lee

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Kampong Ah Lee | 28 Clerk Street

For the adventurous foodies, this spicy and fragrant Malaysian noodle soup is the perfect way to warm up. Kampong Ah Lee is one of few Malaysian restaurants in Edinburgh and a popular Newington hangout. The Laksa soup is our dish of choice on their mouthwatering menu – a spicy curried soup made with coconut milk and thick wheat noodles or rice vermicelli and served with your choice of chicken or seafood. Slurp slowly and let this spicy kick warm you up from the inside out!

5. Chinese Hot & Sour Soup at Kweilin

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Kweilin | 19-21 Dundas Street + 26 Potterrow

This traditional restaurant has been a long-standing favourite among Edinburgh locals since 1984 and is known for its authentic Cantonese cuisine. Their ‘Capital Hot & Sour’ is a vegetable and meat-based spicy soup with a slightly sour tang. Red chilli peppers add the kick here and the many varieties of mushrooms that are traditionally used make it a healthy option. Just recently, Kweilin opened their second restaurant in Newington, so you can now warm up with hot & sour soup in both the Old and New Towns! As well as soup, their menu boasts traditional Chinese favourites as well as the recent addition of some Japanese dishes. Delicious!

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