Souped Up is a tiny little independently own business that operates out of a green Police Box. Souped Up serves vegetarian soups, coffees, hot drinks and freshly baked goods. You can either stand at eat at the box or take your order to go.
Besides being a small business, Souped Up is known for its people, ethics and history. The 1930’s police boxes were an integral piece of Edinburgh’s culture. Today, Souped Up “modernized” one of the boxes to provide a savory and sweet experience to the Edinburgh locals through the operation of using renewable energy. Alongside with being cruelty-free, the business is earth-friendly as they do not produce any greenhouse gases. They also believe in helping the environment by recycling as many materials as possible.
I discovered Souped Up randomly through an internet search and decided to give it a go. My purse-strings jingled with a few extra pounds and I desired to spend my money to a veggie-based restaurant.
The best part about Edinburgh is that you can engulf yourself in a wonderful European experience without breaking the bank. Unlike it’s “sister” city, London, there you can find yourself face first in the cement, damaged by a penniless pocketbook. London is bloody expensive. Edinburgh is “thank fucking god” affordable.
Before I shimmied my way back to the airport, I thought I’d give these Scottish Soup Warriors a try. For nearly three-pounds, I walked away with a tiny little to go bag safely containing a nice bowl of North African chickpea stew.
Now, I have a picky yet sensitive palate. I can’t handle spice and I don’t like condiments such mustard or anything that is white and savory. But, Souped Up knows good soup.
Although my eyes teared and nose drained thanks to the hint of harissa and North African spices, my soul reminisced on the days of being a peasant.
Soup and Europe go together like bread and butter. Soup is one of those foods that “witches brewed” and peasants churned in massive pots to feed the town and their family. It’s one food that has such ancient roots, you can’t help but love it. It’s affordable, delicious and easy to make.
Each day, Souped Up features one to two soups of the day. The soups are always vegan and/or gluten free. The stall is vegan, but they do offer milk for the coffee. The milk is locally sourced from Graham’s Dairy. They also use ethically-produced soymilk.
For the best deal in town, you can get the soup and panini deal for only four pounds. For 1.50 pounds, you can get yourself a nice cuppa British tea, a local favorite, of course. Besides a scorching deal, you’ll get a glimpse of a nice Scottish smile and maybe a short conversation about the weather.
Souped Up is open year-round from 8:45am to 5:15pm. During the summer, the hours are extended. Souped Up believes in treating everyone equally, so if they ask you your name – don’t be shocked.
You can find the soup stand in St Patrick’s Square, which is not too far of a walk from Edinburgh’s Old Town Castle Road. Walking is the best way to see Edinburg, plus an effective way to shed a few pounds! Students get 10% off!
Discover more information on the website: http://www.getsoupedup.co.uk/about.html
22a St Patrick Square, Edinburgh, Scotland,EH89EW
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