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Soul Soup Cafe

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by Lachlan Walsh (subscribe)
It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honourably.
Published July 16th 2013
Delicious soup, delightful souls
Soul Soup is an odd little cafe oozing with that quirky charm that only Melbourne seems to offer. The building itself was obviously designed as a town house and this gives it a genuine homely feel. Situated just north of Victoria Street on Cardigan Street it is perfectly positioned for RMIT students and is not far from Melbourne Uni either.

outside Soul Soup
Soul Soup exterior


The soups are made fresh every day, using fresh, and importantly, seasonal ingredients so as a result the menu is constantly changing. With past favourites such as Malay sweet potato and red lentil and barley, it is clear to see why Soul Soup is a favourite among students. They also have all the usual cafe fair such as pies, focaccias and muffins.

The coffee is all fair trade and certified green, so you can feel good about yourself as you sip on your latte. The actual coffee you receive is also of a high standard, I have yet to taste a bad one from Soul Soup (long may that continue). My partner always gets the chai latte here and she assures me that it is also delicious, I have tasted it too but can't really comment, not being a fan of chai.

homely soul soup
The homely feel of Soul Soup


To my mind though, what makes Soul Soup stand out from other cafes is the layout of the place. I have already mentioned it is a converted town house and this means that each of the intended rooms act as sort of booths so that, even if the place is packed, it doesn't really feel like it as you will only be in the company of about 4 other people. This gives you a wonderful sense of privacy and intimacy. The small courtyard out the back will be excellent in summer, offering the same relaxed privacy as the inside.

Front outside seating
Front outside seating


To be honest, I rarely eat here but I just love the feel of the place and with my partner now studying at RMIT this is sure to become a regular haunt.
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Why? The homeliest cafe around
When: Monday - Friday, 07:30 - 16:30
Phone: 0407 054 931
Where: Cardigan St
Cost: Under $10
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