8 Budapest takeaway soup shops offering hand-warming heartiness
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18/12/2014, 1:53 AM●4-minute article
Street-food purveyors citywide pour moveable feasts of succulent soups to sip on in to-go cups, creating steamy heat sources to carry and savor during wintertime. Found throughout Hungary’s capital, here are some of our favorite producers of lusciously nutritious liquids – often also proffering hot sandwiches, tasty pastries, and other diverse delights – that provide relief for freezing fingers, as well.
Constantly crowded with regular customers from Budapest and around the world, this hotspot on Kazinczy Street is renowned for creatively conceived soups and great paninis. Operating as a highly disciplined team (despite the eatery’s playful motifs of a plastic pig, Darth Vader, and random stuffed animals), the crew proudly presents drinkable delicacies like rustic Tuscan tomato soup with grated cheese, coconut-chili pumpkin soup, and cream of mushroom soup with dill, pasta, chicken, and cheese.
While reasonably priced high-caliber burgers are the main attraction at this sunshiny central-Buda diner (including a lamb burger, salmon burger, and veggie version), the continually rotating soup selection is also impressive here, with most of them made from seasonal ingredients. Current options include chili-bean tomato soup, rosemary-flavored cream of mushroom soup, borscht with fresh dill, lentil goulash with fresh parsley, and Hungarian-style green-pea soup with buttered galuska dumplings.
Serving Budapest’s most authentic Vietnamese pho soup, this cool dining destination earned the 2014 Gault&Millau award for creating Budapest’s “Street Food of the Year”. Here every bowlful of pho is created to order with excellent raw materials, thus it can take a few minutes for this savory specialty to be ready, but it’s worth the wait. Portions are generous, so consider eating the first half on-site before asking one of the friendly servers to pour the rest in a plastic bag for you to take home.
As a newcomer amid Budapest’s soup-to-go scene, this bijou bistro on downtown Pest’s Nagymező Street is already renowned across town for its uncompromising dedication to quality. With a focus on creating delicious forms of multi-ingredient pottage made with seasonal foodstuffs (such as tomato and black bean, basil and kohlrabi, or lemon, dill, and potato), this place also proffers an ever-changing lineup of soups, all freshly prepared without any additives and tasting like a beloved homemade dish.
In less than four years, this humble street-food stopover revolutionized Budapest’s takeaway world, leading the way for many of the other dining destinations included in the article that you’re reading – this was the city’s first eatery to open with a business plan revolving around selling cups of soup to go, along with toasted sandwiches and great desserts. Regardless of the weather, a long line forms before this unpretentious place near Kálvin Square every weekday at lunchtime, for good reason.
Culinary creativity and delicious diversity give distinction to this spacious soup-and-sandwich haven, where an ever-growing repertoire of seasonal offers can inspire multiple visits each week to see what’s cooking. The soup selection features healthy crossover concoctions like carrot-lentil, curry-pumpkin, tarragon-mushroom, and garlic-parsley, while the daily pasta option is made with just as much imagination and varied market-fresh produce – spinach lovers should look for “Popeye’s favorite”.
Found along a quiet side street not far from Buda’s Millenáris Park, this welcomingly rustic miniature restaurant provides a tempting assortment of healthy-yet-satisfying fare that changes daily. While fresh salads and pastas are popular here, soups are certainly the highlight – cauldrons contain classics like French onion or tomato, but pleasant surprises include cream of potato with ginger, Toulouse-style four-cheese cream of broccoli, and bean goulash with beef and corn-flour galuska dumplings.
Small in size but big in style, this south-Buda soup-and-sandwich purveyor provides the surrounding neighborhood with a perfect place for lunches or light dinners, centered around soups with unforgettable flavors, often made with regional foodstuffs – try favorites like almond-and-apple chicken ragout, Provence-style tomato soup, cream of spinach with cheese, or Hungarian green-pea soup with pasta. Grilled baguette sandwiches with playfully original names ideally complement the soup selection.
Soupway Soup Bar (closed) Address: 1111 Budapest, 18 Karinthy Frigyes Road