Six Soups: to keep you warm in Winter

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Delicious Ramen soup at Cocolo Kreuzberg

Soup night is my favorite night in winter, when Berlin can be so cold and grey, we tend to forget why we ever liked this city. Luckily, Berlin offers (not plenty but) enough coping strategies, first and foremost: steaming hot soups that will warm your belly and your soul and keep your mind from breaking thanks to the ice cold winds from the East. Let’s drown in bowls of soups filled with thick noodles, hearty broths and loads of flavor. Aka: plan your winter depression along this soup-route:

Tantan Ramen soup - with spicy minced meat and vegetables

Ramen Noodle Soup at Cocolo Ramen, Kreuzberg
This soup makes me happy. So very happy, I am repeatedly in awe of the magic power it yields in its super delicious broth and the many lovely toppings. Cocolo Ramen’s noodle soup has been my most important coping strategy for at least seven winters, there are no words to describe how much of my sanity I owe this eatery. I advise you to visit the noodle shop in Kreuzberg, only because it got loads more seats than the small Mitte joint and the heartbreak over not being able to indulge the soup you’ve been craving for so long because the line outside is way too long for minus degrees is just too much to take. Read more here.

Gräfestrasse 11

10967 Berlin Kreuzberg

Mo–Sat: 12:00–23:00

Kimchi, Jjigae

Kimchi Jjigae at Yam Yam, Mitte
Kimchi, a Korean, very spicy, fermented cabbage (do I still need to explain?), is another of my very importing coping mechanisms in winter – and a spicy kimchi stew can help you fight any flu, believe me, and so spicy, it lets you forget any other winter induced pains. Yam Yam has a lovely Jjigae, either with tuna or with tofu. Read more here.

Alte Schönhauser Straße 6,

10119 Berlin Mitte

Mon–Sat 12:00–24:00,
Sun 13:00–23:00

Udon noodle soup at Daruma, Wilmersdorf

Udon Noodle Soup at Daruma, Wilmersdorf
Can there ever be enough recommendations for delicious Japanese noodle soups? There can’t, indeed. Daruma is serving thick Udon noodles in a slightly fatty broth to make your stomach very happy. Read more here.

Uhlandstraße 61

10719 Berlin Wilmersdorf

Tue–Fri 12:00–20:00,
Sat 12:00–18:00

Berlin Vietnamese food, best Vietnamese in Berlin, Saigon Green, Vietnamese restaurant in Berlin

Sup Rau at Saigon Green, Charlottenburg
Not every winter-soup needs to be thick and fatty, your frozen self will be delighted by the fresh greens, tasty broth and slippery glass noodles served at my favorite Vietnamese place on Kantstraße. Read more here.

Kantstraße 23

10623 Berlin Charlottenburg

Mon–Sat 12:00–23:00,
Sun 13:00-23:00


Lentil Soup at Lasan Restaurant, Kreuzberg
This soft red lentil soup is here to save you from freezing on Kotti. Dip the very fresh bread from their own tandur oven into the smooth soup and enjoy your heart’s sigh of relief. Read more here.

Adalbertstraße 96

10999 Berlin Kreuzberg

Mon-Fri 9:00–23:00,
Sat-Sun 10:00-24:00

chinese noodle soup

Chinese Noodle Soup at Do De Li, Charlottenburg
Look at this gigantic bowl of soup! And the mountain of noodles! And all the small dishes with delicacies that are about to rejoice in the hot broth bath! You know this will make you happy: read more here.

Kantstraße 120

10625 Berlin Charlottenburg

Tue-Sun: 12:00–23:00


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  1. Harald on


    This list is really cheap and shows that these kind of list journalism is not working anymore. If these soups are your favorites you have to teach your taste better. Sorry!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      you’re welcome to add your own suggestions.

  2. Chris on


    Susuru? The first and still one of the top five.

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      hmmm… not a fan, to be honest… i prefer daruma’s udon soups.. however, not everyone always wants to go to Charlottenburg for soup

  3. Giulia Pines on


    So which six would you recommend, Harald? If you’re going to criticize someone else’s taste at least put yours out there to undergo the same judgment…

  4. Harald on


    What i mean is its so easy to make a short list like this but it says NOTHING. Every soup keeps you warm in winter or you eat cold soup…

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      every hot soup keeps you warm indeed, but these six keep you warm and make you happy thanks to their deliciousness

  5. Miss Green on


    I discovered Laksa soup at Neue Heimat from a stand called Kickass Noodle, they make their noodles fresh in front of you and the soup itself is amazing, I really fell in love but I don’t always want to go to Friedrichshain for soup. They should do something in Kreuzberg.

  6. Frank on


    Na Danke jetzt habe ich Hunger ;-)
    LG Frooonk

  7. Lena on


    if you don’t want to travel to berlin-west try manngo in mulackstraße – this place isn’t cozy at all, but they make awesome broths. very unspectacular, but this one makes me happy whenever i go there :)

  8. Salt & Wind on


    Oh, that ramen from Cocolo Ramen looks absolutely magical.

  9. Philipp on


    Do De Li is great!
    Try also

    Udon @ Sayuri, Ku’damm 137, 10711 Berlin
    Dan-Dan-Mian or Beef Noodle Soup @ Hot Spot, Eisenzahnstraße 66, 10709 Berlin

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