Top 5: Winter warmers in Jerusalem

With winter in full swing, there's nothing like a bowl of soup to warm things up.

soup 390 (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)
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There’s nothing like a bowl of steaming soup on a cold winter’s day. Almost every good restaurant and café in Jerusalem has a great soup on the menu, including these five places with soups that are special, satisfying and delicious.
1. Pasta Basta’s lentil soup
Pasta Basta in Mahane Yehuda is the new place to be seen and be seen by the alternative, young and cool crowd. This establishment specializes in pasta and offers one type of soup made on a daily basis from lentils and fresh vegetables. The soup is thick, creamy (though it is parve) and healthy. The plus side is that it’s only NIS 15, making it not only good on the taste buds and waistline, but also on the pocket.
8 Hatut Street, Mahane Yehuda
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2. Sima’s kubeh soup
Sima’s is a simple, homely and friendly restaurant that serves authentic Kurdish fare and is known for its kubeh. Similar to dumplings, kubeh are made with bulgur or semolina on the outside and the inside is generally filled with ground meat. When placed in a soup, the effect is light yet hearty. This soup tastes home cooked and warms you from the inside.
82 Agrippas Street, Nachla’ot
(02) 623-3002
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3. Marakiya
This establishment is filled with character and is loved by the indie hip crowd of Jerusalem who hang out listening to music, playing backgammon and of course, enjoying a hearty bowl of soup. Marakiya rotate creative vegetarian soups and judging from how hard it is to get a table, they know what they’re doing.
4 Koresh Street
(02) 625-7797
4. Village Green
There’s nothing better than eating soup that tastes like its interesting combination of ingredients rather than artificial stock powder. Village Green’s soups are just that. Healthy and nourishing, they come with fresh healthy breads and butter. The smaller sized cup is great as a starter, whereas the bigger bowl can make for a complete meal, depending on your appetite. These soups are on the pricier side, but are definitely worth it.
33 Jaffa Road
(02) 625-3065
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5.  Sushi Rechavia’s miso soup
Enjoy exciting Asian flavors and a bowl of light miso soup in the elegant setting of Sushi Rechavia. This soup with tofu cubes, scallions and wakame seaweed is a great way to start a meal. It warms you up and leaves room to indulge in their extensive sushi menu.
31 Azza Street
(02) 566-7477
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