If you’re looking for an unapologetic, no-holds-barred, self-indulgent pleasure hit? Look no further than The Zulu Lounge in Morningside, Edinburgh. This little haven is owned and operated by South African brother and sister duo, Chris and Kim Wedge who are quite simply, bona fide “purveyors of pleasure.” This café is best-known for its coffees, milkshakes, hot chocolates and freshly baked treats but it’s also popular for its soups, salads and sandwiches which are imaginative, tasty and nutritious too. For example, where else can you grab a Biltong, Mozzarella and Avocado Artisan bread sandwich? Or a roast Beef, mature Cheddar, roast Vegetable and Mustard Mayo club? It’s easy to become a fervent fan of the roast Butternut, Feta, Tomato, Avocado and mixed leaf salad. There is nothing typical about this café. It’s as individual as its owners so expect some extraordinary menu choices. This shop has been going strong for the last five years and highlights are numerous including the rather sensuous and satisfying Black Forest muffins. Customers have been known to phone in advance to enquire if there will be any Victoria Sponge muffins that day, they’re spectacular. Chris’s rustic date balls are a ‘must try’ as is Kim’s signature Raspberry jam. The goods in this shop are all exceptional in terms of freshness and quality but the upside-down sticky toffee apple brownie is downright traffic stopping and deserves a special mention. Nostalgic South African visitors can revel in the various traditional treats on offer such as Pap, Wors and Chakalaka or Boerewors rolls with Mrs Ball’s Chutney. You can grab a bag of Biltong, Ghost Pops or Nik Naks on your way out the door too. For the more health conscious, Zulu Lounge recommends a virtually sinless indulgence, the red latte with Honey and Cinnamon, it is caffeine free rapture. The majority of Zulu Lounge enthusiasts find their way to this shop either by word-of-mouth or by wandering in having followed the heavenly fresh-baked aroma. A visit to this cosy cafe is worthwhile for those gastronomic adventurers seeking a taste of “the rainbow nation” in the heart of Edinburgh.