Where to find the best soups in Christchurch

Very few things in life provide the same cosy-from-the-inside-out factor as a piping hot bowl of soup in winter.

A bowl of hot soup with a side of bread on a table at Kadett cafe Christchurch.

Christchurch & Canterbury

Eat & Drink

With the frosty season well under way, we’re very happy to see some of our favourite Christchurch cafes serving up delectable seasonal bowls of warmth to help with the daily defrost.

A bowl of soup on a table at Kadett cafe Christchurch.


371 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central
Christchurch & Canterbury

In true to brand style, Kadett’s daily soup offering is simple, seasonal and perfectly delicious. Made from scratch on site, the soup changes regularly but is never anything short of sensational. Served with two slices of sourdough and lashings of butter, this is a lunch that will set you up to brave the chilly afternoon ahead. Combined with lovely staff and the cafe’s beautiful calm environment, a visit to Kadett for their soup of the day is a very good visit indeed.

Hands holding a soup at Made Espresso cafe Christchurch.

Made Espresso Bar

56 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central
Christchurch & Canterbury

Much loved for their delicious on-the-go coffee, snacks and salad options, Made Espresso also makes a knock-out soup as part of their winter offering. Changing regularly due to what’s available (and to keep taste buds on their toes), their soups are lovingly prepared on site and always manage to go beyond the norm on the flavour front with combinations such as broccoli and blue cheese or tomato, chickpea and herbed yogurt. Delicious.

Bread being dipped into soup at Grain cafe Christchurch.

Grain Coffee & Eatery

19 Southwark Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

A favourite for weekday brunch, lunch, coffee and fuel, Grain Coffee & Eatery adds soup to their menu each winter making the “what to choose?” question harder to answer than it already is. Much like all of their enticing menu, the soups at Grain are just as much about seasonality, quality and locality as they are about exceptional flavour and texture. Grain owner Sophie believes soup should be “a tasty toast moistener” and it’s fair to say these soups go above and beyond that brief. Grain likes to mix up the soup flavours to provide variety for vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters.

A bowl of soup on a table at Sun Dog Diner Christchurch.

Sun Dog Diner

2-10 Papanui Road, Merivale
Christchurch & Canterbury

Home to some of the city’s best comfort food, it’s no surprise that Sun Dog Diner knows how to do a seriously good cosy soup. Changing regularly, Sun Dog’s daily soup with warm homemade bread is a delicious addition to their winter menu and at approximately $8 for a small bowl and $12 for a large bowl, it’s a very good deal too. Take a seat in one of the diner’s cosy booths and enjoy your hot bowl of heaven whilst watching the world go by on Papanui Road.