How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California is home to nearly four million black residents, but finding black-owned businesses to support can pose a challenge. 

This guide will tell you where to eat and what to see if you want to support lesser-known black LA entrepreneurs.

Singer-turner-CEO Kieran Roberts is creating a healthy lifestyle/juice empire with his shop in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

Start the day with a juice at 
Green Grotto Juice Bar

Eso Won Books is one of the most celebrated black book retailers in the country. Here you’ll get hard-to-find titles.

Shop for books at Eso Won Books

Award-winning actress, dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen opens the doors to her famous studio dancers of all skill levels.

Drop into an open class at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy

When anyone in Los Angeles wants authentic soul food, they head to Dulan’s for short ribs, fried chicken, candied yams and oxtails over rice.

Try the “Soul Food Lunch” special at
Dulan’s on Crenshaw

For two decades the museum has helped raise awareness about the contributions of black firefighters which dates back to 1892.

Visit The African American
Firefighter Museum

A Top Chef alum and popular LA chef, Nyesha Arrington serves up ambitious, chef-driven fare that reflects her multicultural, California roots.

eat at Native Restaurant in Santa Monica

Spend a day browsing a collection of more than two million rare African American books, films, documents, photographs, artifacts, and works of art.

Visit the Mayme A. Clayton
Library & Museum

L.A.’s premier company for black theatre has produced award-winning plays like Yohen starring Danny Glover and The River Niger starring Margaret Avery.

See a show at The
Robey Theatre Company

There’s a good chance you’ll run into celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson if you dine at Messob. Try a glass of Ethiopian honey wine.

Eat with your hands in Little Ethiopia

The entire menu at My Two Cents is delicious, but the tarts, cobblers and sweet potato cake desserts will leave you wanting more.

EAT dessert at My Two Cents

Ready to look for adventure in 

Black L.A.?