We believe in supporting LA’s Black-owned businesses year-round, and Black History Month is the perfect time to remind you about some of our favorites. From book stores and kids gyms to restaurants and gift shops, here are 35 Los Angeles Black-owned businesses to support today.
Indoor Playgrounds & Creative Spaces
Normally a go-to spot for kids' birthday parties and after-school play dates, Bounce is now offering private, outdoor sessions with Coach Ace and company. Contact them for more details!
9618 W. Pico Blvd.
Little Play Society
In 2019, working moms, Latanya Foster-Phillips and Teree Henderson, opened Little Play Society, a creative indoor play and social space for moms and kids. Unfortunately, due to Covid, they had to shutter their brick-and-mortar location, but they're still offering classes outdoors on the weekends. Click here for more info!
Little ones can learn to design their own games, create a light-up wand, build an art robot and more with Design Hive, a process-based design and technology studio founded by two veteran LA teachers. Currently, both private/small group and virtual classes are available, along with must-have at-home project kits for kids.
5368 W. Pico Blvd.
Restaurants, Cafes & More
CENTRAL LOS ANGELES
Flavors from Afar
This recently opened spot has an ever-changing menu 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. Meals can currently be ordered from Postmates, Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash.
1046 S. Fairfax
Stevie's Creole Cafe
The late, great restaurant critic Jonathan Gold said Stevie's had "the best gumbo this side of New Orleans." But wait, there's more. They also serve cornbread with—wait for it—peach cobbler butter. Food heaven.
5545 Pico Ave.
Bludso's Bar & Que
Enjoy Texas-style BBQ from owner-pitmaster Kevin Bludso, whose original Compton restaurant was a longtime favorite before he opened his latest outpost on La Brea. Read more about LA native Bludso here.
609 N. La Brea Ave.
EAST LOS ANGELES & DOWNTOWN
Regulars rave about the lavender-flavored Layla Latte, along with the delicious pastries and friendly and inviting atmosphere at this Echo Park spot. It's temporarily closed, but we look forward to its reopening.
1825 W. Sunset Blvd.
Bloom & Plume Coffee
Located just below Echo Park, this colorful coffee spot offers charm, whimsy and, of course, coffee and treats.
1638 W. Temple St.
Chicken N Chips
If you've never tried their BBQ fried chicken sandwich, then you're missing out. This spot, which opened just before the pandemic, is worth a visit. Order for takeout or stay and dine on the patio.
2728 Fletcher Dr.
Big Man Bakes
The man behind Big Man Bakes? William "Chip" Brown, a physician in training turned baker who stand 6'5" tall. He makes a mean red velvet cupcake with silky, smooth cream cheese frosting, plus a caramel apple option (think apple pie in a cupcake and more. There's also regular special flavor menu that's ever changing.
413 S. Main St.
Poppy & Rose
Located near the Los Angeles Flower Market, Poppy & Rose serves up satisfying comfort food made with fresh ingredients. Must-order item? The restaurant's signature buttermilk fried chicken and waffle, with smoked honey butter, maple syrup and chives.
765 S. Wall St.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES
Using fresh and healthy ingredients, chef-owner Kyndra McCrary creates wholesome, nourishing dishes, including plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. The cafe, which just opened last fall, has already become a local favorite.
4279 1/2 Crenshaw Blvd.
This community-based coffee shop, gallery and select shop, features beans imported from Ethiopia and Tanzania, and roasted in Arcadia, CA. In addition to coffee, they also serve smoothies, vegan donuts and toasts. You can also find masks, hats, tees and more gear via their website.
4336 Degnan Blvd.
South LA Cafe
This family-owned cafe has remained open throughout most of the quarantine, providing coffee, food and more to the community.
1700 Browning Blvd.
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
Black Bottom Southern Kitchen
Enjoy down-home style recipes made with locally sourced produce and meats, all freshly prepared in a warm and inviting atmosphere for takeout or delivery.
4806 Vineland Ave.
This organic gourmet catering company specializes in the most luxe sweets (think chocolate ganache-covered strawberries with 24 karat gold leaf) and hand crafted cheesecakes in an array of flavors. Owner Chef Simone, a parent herself, also created a Kid’s Snack Pack featuring treats made with organic, whole ingredients, no additives or artificial flavors, and 50 percent less sugar compared to other store bought snacks.
15215 Keswick St.
Lou, the French on the Block
Owned by a husband and wife duo, this French patisserie and coffee shop brings a little bit of Paris to LA.
4007 W. Riverside Dr.
Uncle Andre’s BBQ
Enjoy classic southern comfort food with all the fixins!
This family-owned restaurant has been serving up soul food for more than 25 years. With it's Mardi Gras theme, jazz tunes and the smell of Southern cooking, you'll feel like you're gearing up for a meal in the Big Easy.
14062 Vanowen St.
Order breakfast all day with Grubhub, Postmates or Doordash. For something light, try the G.O.A.T. (avocado toast on toasted ciabatta with honey goat cheese, avocado, lemon-dressed arugula, red pepper flakes and fried egg) or go all out with Shrimp and Grits.
2713 S. Robertson Blvd.
Chow down on made-from-scratch food, like the famous hand-dipped, fresh fried chicken, shucked corn, Ice-Shaker Lemonade, sautéed green beans, hand-mashed potatoes, and homemade biscuits with local honey.
9537 Culver Blvd.
It's all about the breakfast at this Marina del Rey coffee spot, where you can find both cheesy grits and an acai bowl on the menu, plus plenty of pancakes. Get plain buttermilk or buckwheat, or try the blue velvet with chocolate, red velvet with white chocolate chips, or pumpkin nut with bananas on top.
552 Washington Blvd.
Marina del Rey
Health, Beauty & Wellness
CurlyKids & CurlyChic Hair
CurlyKids and their sister brand CurlyChic are black owned, family operated and women led. The products are available at Target, Walmart, Sally Beauty, Kroger and independent beauty supply stores throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, as well as the world!
Kindred Space LA
A hub for midwifery care, doula support, lactation consulting and more, Kindred Space LA offer classes in birthing, breastfeeding and weaning. Support this community-minded organization by contributing to their latest effort: creating a South Los Angeles Birth Center.
6820 La Tijera Blvd., #202
The Tree Yoga Cooperative
A non-profit yoga studio, The Tree describes itself "a community space that serves through community, mindfulness, yoga, social justice, and education." Both outdoor and virtual classes are currently available—you can even book your own private or small-group Zoom session for your whole family!
8227 S. Western Ave.
South Los Angeles
Museums & Non-Profits
The Underground Museum
This hidden gem is more than an art gallery; it's a family run cultural space, offering free meditation and yoga, along with speakers, movie screenings and more. Stay tuned for their reopening in 2021. Until then, check out their online bookstore for a carefully curated selection of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art and children's books.
3508 W. Washington Blvd.
Watts Towers Arts Center Campus
Located in the heart of Watts, The Watts Towers Arts Center provides classes in painting, sculpture, photography, music, dance, and more. During the last weekend of September, Watts Towers Arts Center also produces the Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival. Although it was cancelled in 2020, we're hopeful it will resume in '21.
1727 E. 107th St.
African American Firefighter Museum
Housed in historic Fire Station 20 in South LA, this off-the-radar museum opened in 1997 to honor the first 100 years of African-American firefighters in LA. It is currently the only free-standing African American Firefighter Museum in the United States.
1401 S. Central Ave.
California African American Museum
Located in the heart of Exposition Park, CAAM is a hub of resources to explore the African-American diaspora in Los Angeles and beyond. Check out their online offerings, including Kids, Teens & Family Workshops.
600 State Dr.
Eso Won Books
Find everything from children's board books and coffee table books to novels and non-fiction, written by and about African American people.
4327 Degnan Blvd.
This unique concept shop and creative space offering books for little ones and grown-ups alike.
4636 W. Washington Blvd.
Gifts & Home Decor
Discover treasures and trinkets from the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan, Mexico, South America and beyond.
4421 W. Slauson Ave.
Find African print fabric and accessories, including face masks, crossbody bags, baskets and more. Fabrics are sourced from around the world, and handmade in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
1515 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Shades of Afrika
Located in Long Beach, this "mind, body, spirit shop" offers everything from books and beads to incense and sage. They also carry their own line of hair and skincare products.
1001 E. 4th St.