Dog-friendly, child-friendly, easy on the wallet and a great menu – what more could you ask for? Sopa is more than just a veggie (mostly vegan) restaurant – it’s also a clothing, jewelry and grocery store on a mission to bring you products that are good for the body and the environment.
Sopa has locations in Madrid and Barcelona, as well as two restaurants in Bali, Indonesia, where the charming tagline is “Happy life with Sopa!!” Despite being an international company, Sopa prides itself on homemade meals made with local, seasonal ingredients, which are usually organic and always delicious. They offer excellent options for people who are gluten-free and sugar-free, and most other restrictions.
As you may have guessed, soup is the house specialty. Made fresh by Maria in the kitchen, Sopa’s soup is a creamy blend of fresh vegetables like sweet potato with pear, Harira and carrot with ginger. I’m not usually a big fan of soup, but I do love the creative, thick variations especially over rice or couscous. You can buy bottles of soup to keep at home as well.
Sopa Nieremberg in the Ciudad Lineal district of Madrid is near my office, so it has become my go-to lunch spot. I typically order my usual falafel wrap packed with the season’s vegetables, but occasionally I feel creative and order something different, like apple salmorejo, almond gazpacho, leek quiche, roasted eggplant and squash or a fresh salad with goat cheese and figs. Charming red velvet or carrot cakes are hard to resist. The price can’t be beat either: entrées are €4.90 and a three-course pre-fixe lunch is €12.70 on weekdays and €10 on the weekends.
The restaurant is small, but charming with lots of natural light and a long common table where you will find young families and workers in business casual perusing through the store’s selection of health magazines. The store even has a small area for children to color and play. Store hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sopa is definitely worth a visit!