Indulgence Cafe on Beyer’s Naude Street in Northcliffe is one of my favourite spots in Jo’burg. It’s an eccentric little place owned and run by an eccentric woman – my favourite combination. Mandi Freedman is a busy woman. As if running a popular cafe isn’t enough, she also has Lollipops catering company and is a prolific dabbler in arts and crafts. I mention this because the products of Mandi’s many talents adorn Indulgence in fascinating ways.
I love that Indulgence hosts regular author talks with good writers, and monthly events like a quiz evening, music nights and special brunches. Once in a while Indulgence hosts a Kink and Fetish market where you can buy anything from paddles to penis-shaped biscuits. I love that the first to welcome you as you enter the door is usually Amiga, Mandi’s lovely hound (seen below with Pieter Dirk Uys).
I love to browse through the second-hand books for sale (the proceeds of which go to the SPCA) and the arts and crafts and homemade treats inside the shop. I love to discover another hidden treasure which I haven’t spotted before.
In short, Indulgence Cafe is just my cup of tea. I enjoy a little mid-week break there for sushi. I enjoy a glass of wine while listening to amazing people talk about their work. I enjoy the comfort and the quirk of the place. Maybe I’ll bump into you enjoying a delightful indulgence there too.