Every Stranger Has a Story
79 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
Who We Are
Dreamt up in the long and solitary months of lockdown that will likely come to define the year 2020, Sonder is not simply a café, but rather a concept. A place birthed out of the need for human connection, in a time of unparalleled separation. Sonder is a neologism, an ethereal word that means to realise the innate complexity of each passer-by, to recognize the depth of a stranger’s story, their late night hopes and childhood dreams, their fantasies and surreptitious desires, their inherent joys and deep-seated sorrows. It is to humanize the other, to see the profound sameness in those we do not know, and may never see again.
In a time of global isolation and increased fear of the other due to the pandemic and the growing apartness of our society, sonder café symbolises togetherness. It is a place of reflection, of connection, of introspection, of recognition of the other. A place where everyone belongs, where creativity is not stifled but encouraged, where differences are celebrated. A cosy world of good coffee, books and music, of nature and play, of happiness and life. Where all are welcome.
New York style toasted sandwiches and bagels are our speciality.
We use freshly baked artisanal sourdough and delicious boiled bagels from Proof and Dolce Bakery. Our coffee is a 100 % Arabica, fair trade Ethiopian and Burundi blend sourced from Bean There.
Plain Jane: plain bagel with cream cheese (+jam R5) 35
The Kevin Bacon: fried free range egg, cheddar cheese, rocket and streaky bacon OR avo (ask for the Kevin Avo) 75
Lox of Love: smoked salmon, cream cheese, chives 85
Lox with Extra Love: cream cheese, rocket, smoked salmon, avo, red onion and fresh dill 99
Keep Calm & Carrot On: smoked carrot salmon & hummus (vegan) 75
Living on the Veg: tomato, avo, basil pesto, cucumber, mayo, lettuce (veg) 75
Hamela Anderson: gypsy ham, mature cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mayo, dijon mustard 80
Notorious BLT: bacon, lettuce, tomato with our delicious homemade mayo 78
Pizza my Heart: open toasted pizza bagels topped with fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella. 80
Veggie: sundried tomato & pesto
Meat lover: sliced ham + mushroom
The Rocket Man: avo, rocket, homemade hummus, tomato drizzled with olive oil (vn) 75
Avo Good Day: smashed avo on open sourdough toast drizzled with tahini dressing and sesame seeds (vn) 65
The Salmon Hayek: smashed avo and smoked salmon ribbons topped with crumbled feta and chives 85
The Unbeetable: homemade beetroot hummus on sourdough topped with sliced avo, pickles, red onion, tomato and lettuce (vn) 80
Capreezy Croissant: basil pesto, rocket, fresh tomato, melted mozzarella on a warm croissant 75
The Celine Dijon: mayo, emmental, tomato, gypsy ham, rocket and dijon mustard on a plain croissant 75
The Loxsmith: cream cheese, avo, smoked salmon and dill on a plain croissant 85 (+ scrambled egg 15)
Tempeh-tating Chicky Mayo: our version of a vegan chicken mayo - grilled organic tempeh, mayo, rocket, red onion & tomato on toasted slice of sourdough (vn) 78
Salami Get This Straight: fresh tomato, salami, rocket and fior di latte mozzarella drizzled with a balsamic glaze 85
Easy Capreezy: basil pesto, sun-dried tomato, mozzarella 80
Heyo Chicken Mayo: free range chicken, mayo, red onion and rocket 85
The Eggs-plorer: fried egg, cheddar cheese and streaky bacon 85
Saint Pickle: gypsy ham, sliced pickles, emmental, dijon mustard 85
Bacon Me Crazy: streaky bacon, cheddar cheese and sliced tomato 80
The Kim Cheese: spicy kimchi and melted mozzarella sprinkled with black sesame seeds 80
Bohemian Wrapsody: tzatziki, grilled chickpeas, rocket,
sundried tomato, cucumber, feta & avo
on a toasted wholewheat wrap (vg) 80
The Wingman: grilled chicken breast, sriracha mayo, avo,
tomato, red onion, cheddar cheese and lettuce
on a toasted wholewheat wrap 85
Fries: 35 / 65
Sweet Potato Fries: 40 / 70
Sonder Special: chickpeas, sundried tomato, sunflower seeds, feta, rocket and avo coated in a dreamy tahini dressing (vn) 95
Carrot Gold: lettuce, cucumber, avo, smoked carrot salmun, sundried tomatoes, red onion, microgreens (vn) 85
The Avolanch: free range chicken, avo, sweet corn, red onion, feta, grated carrot, lettuce and coriander with a tangy lime and olive oil dressing 100
Pain au Chocolat
Lindt Choc Brownies
Freshly Baked Muffins and Banana Bread
Matcha Latte / Iced Matcha
Iced Coffee (optional: with ice cream)
Oat / Almond milk
Purple Haze: smoothie bowl made with blended berries, banana, greek yoghurt and almond milk and topped with granola, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, almonds and goji berries 78
Açaí Your True Colours: summery açaí smoothie bowl made with banana, açaí berry powder, seasonal berries, almond milk and spinach, topped with banana, almonds, strawberries and chia seeds (vegan friendly) 80
Yogi Berry Bowl: greek yoghurt with fresh seasonal berries, sliced banana, granola and chia seeds 55
Kevin Bacon: Our famous breakfast bagel! Rocket, streaky bacon and a fried egg topped with cheddar cheese (swop bacon for avo) 70
Eggy Pop: smashed avo and boiled egg on sourdough toast dusted with microherbs, dill and red chilli flakes 60
Omelette That Slide: 3 egg omelette with a slice of sourdough toast. 60
. Choice of either: onions, pepper, mushroom, tomato 8 , cheddar cheese 10 , streaky bacon 25.
The Tempeh Trap: hearty vegan breakfast stack featuring two crispy bbq tempeh patties topped with tomato, fried mushroom, wilted spinach & avo, sprinkled with sunflower & sesame seeds. Served with slice of toast (vn) 85
Friends with Benedicts: 2 poached eggs drizzled with creamy homemade hollandaise on sourdough 75
Choice of either: avo 15, bacon 25, salmon 25.
Build your Own Brekkie:
sourdough toast 10
grated cheddar 15
rasher of bacon 25
fried mushrooms 12
eggs (fried / scrambled) 12
smoked salmon 25
Smoothies and Juices
Popeye Power: spinach, hemp seeds, banana, pineapple, almond milk, spirulina (vn) 60
The Nutty Professor: banana, peanut butter, chia seeds, greek yoghurt, almond milk, almond butter, cinnamon 60
Berry Naas: mixed berries, spinach, banana, greek yoghurt, honey, hemp seeds, almond milk 56
Tropic Like It's Hot: pineapple, strawberry, fresh ginger, banana, almond milk (vn) 58
Cold Pressed Juices:
Orange You Sweet: freshly squeezed orange juice 45
Chocolate, strawberry, banana or peanut butter 60
The Beet Goes On: beetroot, ginger, carrot, apple 55
Green Machine: celery, apple, spinach, mint, spinach 55
Carrot Me Away: carrot, ginger, orange 50
Did you know that we are not only a cafe but also a venue for hire?
That's right, Sonder Cafe also doubles as an event space. We are available to hire for any and all events from baby showers, birthday parties, supper clubs, brand launches, Xmas parties, and more.
Our rates are R2500 for full hire including a fully-stocked cash bar and 2 employees + a qualified photographer to help assist with your event. We also offer catering at an additional rate.
If you wish to hire the space out excluding the bar our rates are R3500 all inclusive.
Venue hire is available from 4pm on weekdays and 2pm onwards on Saturdays or for the entire day on a Sunday. If you wish to hire outside of these times, let us know as exceptions can always be made.
We can comfortably seat 25 people and our capacity without seating maxes out at around 45 / 50 people.
Mon - Fri: 7:30 - 4pm
Sat: 8 - 3pm
Dine In or Take Away
Available for hire for special events & exhibitions
We are currently looking to collaborate with local artists,
please get in touch if you would like to exhibit your work at Sonder.
Contact: 079 094 7662