On August 19th 1996, Cafe Delight opened its doors on Clapham High Street for the first time; Izzy was 16 and had just left school. Two years later Izzy’s father, Servet, passed away leaving the destiny of Cafe Delight in the hands of Izzy and his new wife, Mehtap.
And now, in 2017, Cafe Delight celebrates its 21st birthday, a wonderful achievement by Izzy and Mehtap (shown below) in a world of challenged high street traders and ubiquitous coffee shops and fast food outlets..
Here you will find a wonderfully broad spectrum of patrons: a familiar TV reporter, a stand-up comic, and a chain-saw wood sculpturer rub shoulders with local builders, shop workers, and members of a local club for the deaf - - amongst many others. Some come for company and banter, others come to eat and to pass the time alone, reading the paper, picking horses, or watching the world go by through the cafe’s large glass windows. Some of Cafe Delight’s regulars have been coming since it first opened 21 years ago, others are more recent converts; many come every day.
To celebrate this milestone, Cafe Delight is hosting an exhibition of photographs in September and October 2017: on one wall of the cafe are displayed a set of images of Daily Cafe Life (click here to view the gallery); on the other wall are portraits of Cafe Delight's Regulars (click here to view the gallery). Click here for a copy of the Press Release. The photographs were taken in July 2017. The photo-essay was featured by the BBC (click here); the Evening Standard; Metro; amongst others.