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A bright red bowl of borscht soup at Moscow on the Hill.
Beet-based borscht from Moscow on the Hill in Saint Paul.
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20 Must-Have Soups in the Twin Cities

Kick off soup season the right way with these lovely liquid options

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Beet-based borscht from Moscow on the Hill in Saint Paul.
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A piping hot bowl of soup is one of the best ways to combat even the chilliest of Midwest winters. Luckily, the Twin Cities is flush with plenty of places to find stellar soups filled with flavorful and hearty ingredients.

Whether it’s ramen, borscht, pho, wild rice gumbo, lentil soup, hearty stew, or lobster bisque calling, there’s a well-executed option around town for any kind of cuisine one’s craving with a spoon.

Here are 20 of the best Twin Cities soups to warm up to as the temperatures drop.

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1. African Deli

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6930 Brooklyn Blvd #13
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
(763) 561-0086

Situated on Brooklyn Boulevard among its numerous car dealerships, this Brooklyn Park staple slings a popular pepper soup that acts as a fantastic starter or entree all in its own.

2. Toni’s African Deli

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6408 Bass Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55428
(763) 208-8199
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Toni’s African Deli brings Crystal a wonderful taste of Africa, and its Nigerian egusi soup thickened with ground melon seeds is enriching and delectable, served with a side of doughy fufu.

A photo of egusi soup at Toni’s African Deli.
Egusi with fufu at Toni’s African Deli.
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3. Filfillah Middle Eastern Restaurant

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4301 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
(763) 781-2222
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The Central Avenue corridor packs many world flavors along the street, and while Filfillah may be known for its kabobs, sandwiches, and more, its terrific take on Egyptian lentil soup is creamy and fulfilling.

4. Tori 44 - Ramen

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2203 N 44th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55412
(612) 345-7078
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A great miso broth can help clear the nasal passages on a winter day, and Tori 44’s spicy spin comes with savory vegetables and noodles swimming inside.

5. Hazel's Northeast

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2859 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-4778
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Located in Northeast Minneapolis, Hazel’s spot-on wild rice gumbo can take Minnesota taste buds on a quick trip to New Orleans.

6. Kramarczuk Sausage Company

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215 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3018
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Located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis since the 1940s, this delicatessen isn’t just known for supplying sandwiches and sausages. Kramarczuk’s has a bevy of soups on its menu, but its mushroom soup pairs excellently with just about any sandwich or sausage.

7. Smack Shack

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603 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 259-7288
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Located in the Warehouse district of Downtown Minneapolis, Smack Shack is an expert on all things lobster, especially when it comes to a delectable lobster bisque.

8. Zen Box Izakaya

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602 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 332-3936
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A short distance from the Guthrie, Zen Box Izakaya is known for its many inventive twists on ramen. The tori tantanmen ramen hits the spot with its addition of Szechuan chili oil to give the right amount of kick.

9. Kimchi Tofu House

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307 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-1112
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There are many reliable places to eat on the University of Minnesota campus, but head to the East Bank area next to Huntington Bank stadium to find a bevy of stews at Kimchi Tofu House. Its spicy beef tofu stew is especially excellent.

10. Hoa Bien Restaurant

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1105 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 647-1011
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Located a stone’s throw away from Concordia University, Hoa Bien has the pho that will work the chill and cold out of any soul it serves.

11. Master Noodle (Saint Paul)

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1337 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 369-6688
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This Midway mainstay sends out an array of hearty dishes, and its Taiwanese tomato beef brisket soup made with homemade noodles makes for an especially filling feast.

12. Moscow on the Hill

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371 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-1236
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Moscow on the Hill is known for countless savory staples, however its Russian borscht is still one of the most talked-about soups in the Cities.

13. Meritage

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410 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-5670
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Located in the heart of Downtown Saint Paul, Meritage is known for its takes on French cuisine and its recipe for French onion soup is both savory and satisfying.

14. The St. Paul Grill

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350 N Market St
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-7455
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Located a short distance from the Science Museum, the iconic St. Paul Grill may be best known for its chops, but its cream of Minnesota wild rice soup will whet any appetite within range.

15. Ramen Kazama

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3400 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 353-6160
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One of many great ramen spots in the Twin Cities, Ramen Kazama’s tori shio bowl is a chicken soup on steroids designed to nourish the soul and ease whatever ailment is on its way — especially when some chili oil is added.

16. Cafe Latte

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850 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-5687
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Cafe Latte centers its menu around cakes, desserts, and cafeteria-styled lunches, but there’s a worthy soup selection, too. Its creamy tomato basil soup serves as an excellent accompaniment to whatever sandwich or salad is selected.

Soup and a sandwich at Cafe Latte.
Cafe Latte’s creamy tomato basil soup.
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17. El Burrito Mercado

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175 Cesar Chavez St
St Paul, MN 55107
(651) 227-2192
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El Burrito Mercado has no shortage of fantastic items on the menu, but its countless caldo specials, such as their caldo de res, deliver much needed warmth and nourishment.

18. Cecil's

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651 Cleveland Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-0334

In the Highland neighborhood of Saint Paul, Cecil’s is known for having all the meats, but it also serves a fantastic matzo ball soup that’s the talk of Saint Paul.

19. Wise Acre Eatery

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5401 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 354-2577
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Tucked near Lake Nokomis, Wise Acre serves some of finest farm-to-fork fare around town. But their butternut squash soup, served with maple syrup and pepitas, arguably steals the show.

20. COV Edina

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3155 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 999-4011
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With two locations in Wayzata and Edina, COV’s bowl of clam chowder can warm the coldest of hearts no matter the weather.

1. African Deli

6930 Brooklyn Blvd #13, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

Situated on Brooklyn Boulevard among its numerous car dealerships, this Brooklyn Park staple slings a popular pepper soup that acts as a fantastic starter or entree all in its own.

6930 Brooklyn Blvd #13
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

2. Toni’s African Deli

6408 Bass Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55428
A photo of egusi soup at Toni’s African Deli.
Egusi with fufu at Toni’s African Deli.
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Toni’s African Deli brings Crystal a wonderful taste of Africa, and its Nigerian egusi soup thickened with ground melon seeds is enriching and delectable, served with a side of doughy fufu.

6408 Bass Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55428

3. Filfillah Middle Eastern Restaurant

4301 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

The Central Avenue corridor packs many world flavors along the street, and while Filfillah may be known for its kabobs, sandwiches, and more, its terrific take on Egyptian lentil soup is creamy and fulfilling.

4301 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

4. Tori 44 - Ramen

2203 N 44th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412

A great miso broth can help clear the nasal passages on a winter day, and Tori 44’s spicy spin comes with savory vegetables and noodles swimming inside.

2203 N 44th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55412

5. Hazel's Northeast

2859 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Located in Northeast Minneapolis, Hazel’s spot-on wild rice gumbo can take Minnesota taste buds on a quick trip to New Orleans.

2859 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

6. Kramarczuk Sausage Company

215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis since the 1940s, this delicatessen isn’t just known for supplying sandwiches and sausages. Kramarczuk’s has a bevy of soups on its menu, but its mushroom soup pairs excellently with just about any sandwich or sausage.

215 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

7. Smack Shack

603 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Located in the Warehouse district of Downtown Minneapolis, Smack Shack is an expert on all things lobster, especially when it comes to a delectable lobster bisque.

603 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

8. Zen Box Izakaya

602 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415

A short distance from the Guthrie, Zen Box Izakaya is known for its many inventive twists on ramen. The tori tantanmen ramen hits the spot with its addition of Szechuan chili oil to give the right amount of kick.

602 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

9. Kimchi Tofu House

307 SE Oak St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

There are many reliable places to eat on the University of Minnesota campus, but head to the East Bank area next to Huntington Bank stadium to find a bevy of stews at Kimchi Tofu House. Its spicy beef tofu stew is especially excellent.

307 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

10. Hoa Bien Restaurant

1105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

Located a stone’s throw away from Concordia University, Hoa Bien has the pho that will work the chill and cold out of any soul it serves.

1105 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

11. Master Noodle (Saint Paul)

1337 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

This Midway mainstay sends out an array of hearty dishes, and its Taiwanese tomato beef brisket soup made with homemade noodles makes for an especially filling feast.

1337 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

12. Moscow on the Hill

371 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

Moscow on the Hill is known for countless savory staples, however its Russian borscht is still one of the most talked-about soups in the Cities.

371 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

13. Meritage

410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102

Located in the heart of Downtown Saint Paul, Meritage is known for its takes on French cuisine and its recipe for French onion soup is both savory and satisfying.

410 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102

14. The St. Paul Grill

350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102

Located a short distance from the Science Museum, the iconic St. Paul Grill may be best known for its chops, but its cream of Minnesota wild rice soup will whet any appetite within range.

350 N Market St
St Paul, MN 55102

15. Ramen Kazama

3400 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

One of many great ramen spots in the Twin Cities, Ramen Kazama’s tori shio bowl is a chicken soup on steroids designed to nourish the soul and ease whatever ailment is on its way — especially when some chili oil is added.

3400 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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16. Cafe Latte

850 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Soup and a sandwich at Cafe Latte.
Cafe Latte’s creamy tomato basil soup.
Cafe Latte/Trip Advisor

Cafe Latte centers its menu around cakes, desserts, and cafeteria-styled lunches, but there’s a worthy soup selection, too. Its creamy tomato basil soup serves as an excellent accompaniment to whatever sandwich or salad is selected.

850 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

17. El Burrito Mercado

175 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107

El Burrito Mercado has no shortage of fantastic items on the menu, but its countless caldo specials, such as their caldo de res, deliver much needed warmth and nourishment.

175 Cesar Chavez St
St Paul, MN 55107

18. Cecil's

651 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116

In the Highland neighborhood of Saint Paul, Cecil’s is known for having all the meats, but it also serves a fantastic matzo ball soup that’s the talk of Saint Paul.

651 Cleveland Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116

19. Wise Acre Eatery

5401 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Tucked near Lake Nokomis, Wise Acre serves some of finest farm-to-fork fare around town. But their butternut squash soup, served with maple syrup and pepitas, arguably steals the show.

5401 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419

20. COV Edina

3155 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435

With two locations in Wayzata and Edina, COV’s bowl of clam chowder can warm the coldest of hearts no matter the weather.

3155 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435

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