September 17, 2019

Soup and Toppings Bar at the Hostel

soup and toppings

Flickr Photo Credit: Ninja Poodles

I think this is a super cheap but fun idea for dinner at the hostel.

Make one or two yummy heart warming soups and have a bunch of toppings available to spoon over the top. If you feel the need, include some bruschetta and a bottle of wine. I wrote an article on Wise Bread with ideas for more unusual soup garnishes, if you need extra inspiration. This is a  fun group participation travel dinner that’s sure to help you make friends on stay on budget with your travel dollars. Experiment with unusual sandwich ideas to include with the meal if you have a few extra dollars to spend.

Affordable soup recipes to consider:

This post was submitted to the September 2, 2009 edition of Wanderfood Wednesday, the weekly travel themed food writer’s carnival.


  1. laradunston says:

    It’s a great idea. When I was younger and backpacked around South America for a year, I was always surprised at how little other travellers ate together, and ate well together. Quite a few times I spontaneously cooked big pastas and salad and sent people out for a wine, and after that organized a few similar group dinners, and it was just so much fun. It’s so long since I’ve stayed in a hostel, although I check a lot of them out as part of my work, but I wonder if travellers socialise more over big bowls of soups and bottles of vino. I’d be keen to hear your experiences more.

  2. webmaster says:

    Hi Lara.

    We definitely enjoyed checking out hostels on the around the world trip we did last year. Since we both turn 40 this summer, we found it a blast to reconnect with the younger crowd during our travels, and also to meet people our own age or older who were doing it as well. A really fun crowd.

    One thing I’ve noticed about hostel dinners is that it depends on the hostel’s kitchen facilities just as much as it depends on the crowd of people you are trying to organize a meal with.

    Also, if you are there with a group you already know, that certainly breaks the ice a bit as far as sharing the cost of a meal.

  3. jessiev says:

    what fun, these soups! i’ve never stayed in hostels (usually not handicap accessible, at least for me).

  4. webmaster says:

    Hi Jessiev,

    Well, it depends on the hostel. Some are older, but others have lots of perks. Also, some are more suited to everyone, while others are more suited to the party all night crowd. So if you like to sleep, as I do, it pays to check them out thoroughly before booking a room there.

  5. Actually when I backpacked for a year. We used to have many and many group dinners. It was so fun! The community of backpackers was like a home away from home, but more fun!!!

  6. webmaster says:

    Hi Marina,

    That’s so cool! We didn’t run into that many people at the hostels who were interested in doing that. But I think that’s sort of luck of the draw when you are on the road. You never know when you are going to run into a crowd that enjoys doing it, and when you are not. When it flows though, it’s tons of fun. Sounds like you had a great time!