clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

12 Great Bowls of Soup in Philly to Cozy Up To

View as Map

In case you hadn't noticed, it's getting cold out there. Here are Eater's twelve top picks around town for warming, comforting bowls to help you make it through the winter.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
If you book a reservation through an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

Cheu Noodle Bar

Copy Link
You can't really go wrong with any of the noodles here, but the brisket and matzo ball ramen became an insta-classic for a reason.
The rich (and cheerfully colorful) mustard soup is an uncommon dish and one of the standouts at this BYOB, but don't hesitate to branch out — there are lots of worthy and comforting soup- and stew-like dishes on this Northern European menu.

Ting Wong

Copy Link
The critic's pick (Craig LaBan is a fan, and gave the restaurant two bells in a formal review) is the noodle soup with soy sauce chicken and wontons, but if that doesn't do it for you, there's a long list of other soup options here to work your way through.

High Street on Market

Copy Link
Cauliflower soup topped with crispy leek shreds and a drizzle of curry oil is great on its own, even better to dunk some of their phenomenal bread into.

Khyber Pass Pub

Copy Link
If you're in the mood for gumbo, this is where to get it, whether laced with chicken and andouille or any other combo of ingredients off the specials board.
The smoked sweet potato soup is a callback to a Thanksgiving classic - smoky, spicy, and sweet and garnished with spiced pecans and just a bit of cinnamon-spiked marshmallow.

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

Copy Link
Looking for some classic matzo ball soup? Start here.

Khmer Kitchen

Copy Link
We won't actually try to pick a favorite among the complex and satisfying soups at this South Philly Cambodian spot. The sour soup is a specialty, but they're really all worth trying.

Pho 75

Copy Link
A perennial favorite for pho, and that's pretty much all you're having here. (Of course, exactly which permutation of cuts of meat you opt for is entirely up to your personal taste.)
There are only a couple of options on the menu at this small Fishtown pho shop, including a mushroom pho with tofu that shouldn't be overlooked even if you normally opt for meatier dishes.

Nom Nom Ramen

Copy Link
Try to shoyu or spicy miso versions. (There's now a second location in U City, too, at 34th and Walnut.)

Terakawa Ramen

Copy Link
The signature ramen is always a solid choice, but if you want something spicier, try the tan tan ramen.

Cheu Noodle Bar

You can't really go wrong with any of the noodles here, but the brisket and matzo ball ramen became an insta-classic for a reason.

Noord

The rich (and cheerfully colorful) mustard soup is an uncommon dish and one of the standouts at this BYOB, but don't hesitate to branch out — there are lots of worthy and comforting soup- and stew-like dishes on this Northern European menu.

Ting Wong

The critic's pick (Craig LaBan is a fan, and gave the restaurant two bells in a formal review) is the noodle soup with soy sauce chicken and wontons, but if that doesn't do it for you, there's a long list of other soup options here to work your way through.

High Street on Market

Cauliflower soup topped with crispy leek shreds and a drizzle of curry oil is great on its own, even better to dunk some of their phenomenal bread into.

Khyber Pass Pub

If you're in the mood for gumbo, this is where to get it, whether laced with chicken and andouille or any other combo of ingredients off the specials board.

Supper

The smoked sweet potato soup is a callback to a Thanksgiving classic - smoky, spicy, and sweet and garnished with spiced pecans and just a bit of cinnamon-spiked marshmallow.

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

Looking for some classic matzo ball soup? Start here.

Khmer Kitchen

We won't actually try to pick a favorite among the complex and satisfying soups at this South Philly Cambodian spot. The sour soup is a specialty, but they're really all worth trying.

Pho 75

A perennial favorite for pho, and that's pretty much all you're having here. (Of course, exactly which permutation of cuts of meat you opt for is entirely up to your personal taste.)

Stock.

There are only a couple of options on the menu at this small Fishtown pho shop, including a mushroom pho with tofu that shouldn't be overlooked even if you normally opt for meatier dishes.

Nom Nom Ramen

Try to shoyu or spicy miso versions. (There's now a second location in U City, too, at 34th and Walnut.)

Terakawa Ramen

The signature ramen is always a solid choice, but if you want something spicier, try the tan tan ramen.

Related Maps