Soup’s on at these Victoria restaurants

There are plenty of comfort foods out there, but few fill you with the warmth and contentment of a good bowl of soup. From simple broths to complex layers of flavours and textures, here's where to find some of the best bowls of soup in Victoria.

Soupa Cafe Ltd

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145-736 View, Victoria, BC V8W 1J8

The soup masters at Souped Up are dedicated to providing healthy and robust meals in a bowl. Every day, they cook up at least four different soups, along with a stew or chili, using local ingredients and packed with unique flavours. Nutritious and delicious, the soups here are the perfect alternative to the traditional fast-food burger lunch.

The Hot & Cold Cafe

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1-313 Cook St, Victoria, BC V8V 3X5

While their salads are delicious, the “hot” part of The Hot and Cold Cafe equation can be savoured in a comforting bowl of soup. Each soup is made with island-sourced ingredients and is gluten-free for a fresh and healthy taste you'll appreciate. Pull up a spoon and sample their Red Seafood Chowder, Yellow Coconut Curry soup or Chicken Pazole Blanco. All soups come with your choice of homemade organic focaccia bread, corn chips or jasmine rice.

Lacocina De Mama

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3-1701 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 0C1

When people think of Mexican food, soup may not be the first dish that comes to mind. But the chefs at La Cocina de Mama Oli are changing how people think, whipping up delicious Mexican-style soups that are loaded with flavour. Conveniently located in the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, this Mexican hot spot will spice up your idea of what a soup, and Mexican food, can be.

Green Leaf Vietnamese Bistro

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1684 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 2G6

No list of the best soups in any city would be complete without a shout-out to Vietnam’s most famous variety: pho. The title of Victoria’s Best Pho is always a close race, but Green Leaf Bistro’s savoury and consistent broth makes it a top contender. Served with all the fixings, this pho is a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

John's Place Restaurant

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723 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N9

How much do you like soup? It’s a question you can answer in litres, if you want, at John’s Place. The daily soup special is bottomless, so you can enjoy their famous soups with some homemade bread until you literally can’t take one more bite. John likes to switch up what the soup of the day will be, alternating between familiar favourites and wonderful experiments. Check out their website to see a list of the month's upcoming soups.

Pagliacci's

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1011 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 2A1

In its decades-long history, Pagliacci’s has served the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Susan Sarandon. While we aren’t sure what these celebrities ordered, hopefully they didn’t miss out on the bottomless soup. It’s a great deal and an amazing culinary experience that everyone in Victoria should try. The soups change every day, so you can visit often without any one flavour wearing out its welcome.

Jam Cafe

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542 Herald St, Victoria, BC V8W 1S6

Jam Cafe is your neighbourhood lunch spot: a bustling, down-to-earth cafe serving up tasty favourites like soups, salads and sandwiches. Their rotating soup option is consistently delicious on its own or as part of a meal. Try the Soup and Biscuit for $7.95 or add soup to your sandwich order for an additional $2. If you're in the mood, pair your soup with one of their infamous bacon-infused Caesars for a little extra lunchtime kick.

Red Fish Blue Fish

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1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T4

Using only freshly caught and locally sourced fish when possible, Red Fish Blue Fish has made a name for themselves as one of the best seafood spots in town. And while many people go for their fish and chips or tacones, it’s the rich chowder that wins over soup lovers. Their own variant brings in a chipotle coconut flavour and is made with Pacific whitefish confit. It’s unlike any other chowder in town, which is saying something for a city that’s world-famous for its seafood.

Pho Vy

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772 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1H2

Their rich, savoury broth and affordable prices have made Pho Vy a long-standing favourite among locals. It’s pho done right: slow-cooked over hours to draw out the soup's rich, distinctive flavours. Choose from a variety of pho options, with add-ons like meatballs, tripe or a spicy lemongrass sauce for an additional charge. For little pho lovers, Pho Vy's kids' menu features choice of pho steak or pho meatball soup and a beverage for less than $8.

Caribbean Village Café

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2646C Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8T 4E4

250-381-3363 Caribbean Village Cafe serves up four sensational soups, including oxtail and callallou, in weighty portions that are sure to satisfy. Pair your soup with a tasty Jamaican patty or roti to experience the full Caribbean meal experience. Plus they deliver, so you can enjoy a taste of classic Caribbean flavours in the comfort of your own home.

You don’t have to travel to Vietnam to try authentic pho – it’s available right here in Victoria. So put away your passport and visit one of the Vietnamese restaurants below. Soon you’ll be sipping on savoury broth, seasoned with traditional Vietnamese spices and full of tasty meat and veggies. Close your eyes and you might forget you’re in Canada!
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