Sometimes Sunday CafeOutstanding Old City Coffee Shop
OMG, the eggs in salsa and Bloody Mary. Breakfast, all-day brunch and the best coffee at this Colombian-owned montevideo coffee shop in the Old City
The first time I visited SSC, I sat next to a tattoed German couple with Chesire cat grins. ‘What makes you so happy?’ I asked. ‘The coffee,’ they gushed. ‘It’s the best we’ve had in our entire three month trip around South America.’
And the Guru must confess that after first having brunch at Sometimes Sunday Café I could not stop thinking about it afterwards. What stood out were the pure and subtly exotic flavour combinations: poached eggs with a fresh tomato salsa paired with a brightly citric bloody mary, for example, or an ice cream sandwich with chewy honey-vanilla cookies enjoyed with a chai latte of hand-picked and roasted spices.
Ana Maria and Julian –the owners of Sometimes Sunday Cafe–are recent transplants from Bogotá, Colombia. They came to Montevideo looking for fresher air and a more relaxed lifestyle. Anna previously worked in a design company that took her around the world, which shows in the artful design of each element in the cafe.
The emphasis is on letting quality ingredients show through. Vegetables are organic whenever possible, eggs are specially sourced from a free-ranch farm and a smoker is on hand to make brisket and other smoked meats and veggies.
The name came from a dream Ana Maria had where she pictured the name (yup, in English) on a café sign, but it stuck because of the idea it conveyed—that every day should be as relaxed and enjoyable as a Sunday.
What you should know
The coffee is a particular focus— The beautiful hammered copper espresso machine is the first thing you see when arriving. Coffee drinks are cheaper than at most other speciality cafes in Montevideo. The beans are personally sourced from Colombia by their barista and roasted in Montevideo. You can purchase to take home.
Breakfast portions are not the “big as your face” size as found in, say, North America. Fortunately, there are several side dishes that can be ordered, such as toast, eggs or sausage.
Service is attentive–a rarity in Uruguay! Ana Maria and Julian both speak English. They live above the cafe and are present during service, viewing the cafe as an extension of their home.
Opens weekends and at 9am As the cafe is small they don’t accept reservations.