We believe in supporting LA’s Black-owned businesses year-round and these are some of our favorites. From book stores to restaurants and gift shops, you'll love these spots!Less
Your little engineers and mini-creators will enjoy designing and being innovative in this process-based design and technology studio founded by two former veteran LA teachers. Kids can explore crafting, create their very own marble tiles, design their own LED wands and custom-designed jewelry through their various workshop options. They also host private parties and you can check their site for virtual engagement opportunities.
This eatery will give you a real world experience with its revolving menu featuring international cuisine with a twist. Created by chefs who were former refugees and asylum seekers—the dishes they offer reflect the chefs’ vibrant cultures. For every meal purchased, Flavors from Afar donates non-perishable foods to a low-income family.
Voted as “the best gumbo this side of New Orleans” by the Los Angeles’s late, great food critic Jonathan Gold, Stevie’s Creole Cafe has delectable Creole cuisine bursting with flavors. Make sure you taste their Smokey Fried Chicken and, of course, don’t leave without trying their famous Seafood Gumbo. To finish off your heavenly meal, indulge in their Peach Beignets made with fresh peach juices and cinnamon sugar. Divine!
You don’t need to go all the way to Texas to get their signature BBQ thanks to Bludso’s Bar & Que featuring all the signature dishes from this Southern state. Owned by Kevin Bludso, he has created an empire out of his BBQ dishes and includes side dishes worthy of entree-status, like their Texas Cheese Fries made with brisket and pickled jalapeño.
This is not your ordinary coffee shop as not only does it serve tasty brewed coffee beans, it offers an aesthetically beautiful atmosphere featuring luscious greenery and art galore meticulously designed by co-owner Maurice Harris. Take time out of your day to enjoy a cup of Auntie Mabel’s Flat White flavored with sea salt.
Bringing Australian-inspired Rotisserie Chicken to Angelenos, Chicken N Chips will satisfy all your chicken sandwich cravings coated with their extraordinary signature rub. Pair your BBQ Fried Chicken Sandwich with their signature fries made with unique herbs and spices.
The Big Man, William “Chip” Brown, was once a physician-in-training, but he is now a bonafide baking star with his moistly sweet cupcakes made to perfection. He has all your favorite traditional yummy cupcake flavors, like red velvet and carrot cake, and takes it to a whole other level with caramel apple (perhaps a nice substitute to apple pie?!) and mounds cupcakes with all the chocolate goodness you could ever dream of.
Because Angelenos love their brunch spots, make sure to check out Poppy & Rose because this restaurant will elevate your brunch game. Best known for its chicken and waffles, they are open until 3 p.m. and serve both breakfast and lunch. Think outside the “brunch” box by ordering their açaí bowl filled with bananas, berries, cacao nibs, wrapped in a coconut bowl that will make your brunch look as delectably crafted as it is tasty.
The essence of Swift Cafe captures the importance of offering nutritious and delicious food in communities of color where unhealthy options may be more readily available. Chef-owner Kyndra McCrary has developed an array of wholesome dishes without ever sacrificing taste in consultation with a nutritionist to provide quality food and affordable prices. Their smoothies are like no other, especially the Tiramisu one with all the dessert goodness in one drink.
This community based coffee shop, gallery and select shop offers coffee imported from Ethiopia and Tanzania which is roasted in Arcadia, CA. Their gallery hosts art shows every two months and they also have a shop with a variety of merchandise, such as hats and apparel, from mostly local and artist owned brands.