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Celebrate Black History Month With These 10 Black-Owned Foodie Spots

To celebrate Black History Month, explore some of our favorite Black-Owned foodie finds around the world! We hope that by highlighting these spots, we can express our solidarity with the Black community and celebrate Black culture through food. These spots are as delicious as they are aesthetic, so go out and support these #paoworthy foodie finds this month and every month!

1. Saint Aymes

London, United Kingdom

Not only is this flower-covered spot the most Instagrammable café in London, it is also owned by two lovely sisters who make the most amazing rainbow drinks! They also have a fabulous afternoon tea with cakes, fizz, and other cute treats.

2. Sextant Coffee Roasters

San Francisco, California

This is the perfect place to grab a delicious coffee! The founder sources the highest quality beans from farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Colombia. Aside from coffee, they sell all sorts of yummy pastries!

3. Chulita

Los Angeles, California

This amazing Black-owned Mexican restaurant has such a fun ambiance! The barbacoa burrito and chicken taco are soooo good, and the food is made with fresh ingredients from the local farmers market. The drink list is also fire, and the decorations are so bright and playful!

4. Mawa’s Kitchen

Aspen, Colorado

These mouth-watering blueberry buttermilk pancakes are so tasty, and if you’re looking for something a bit healthier, they have buckwheat pancakes as well. Along with the pancakes, they have seriously mastered the art of cooking eggs. All the food is so fresh and delicious, and Mawa’s is open for every meal!

5. Happy Ice

Los Angeles, California

Happy Ice sells eight different flavors of their secret shave ice recipe with the option to get soft serve on top! The store is so cute and colorful, and the staff is upbeat and kind. There is also a huge Happy Ice mural around the corner that is perfect for photos! They often times run specials and donate 100% of their proceeds to the Black community!

6. Agrikol

Montréal, Canada

Everything here is phenomenal, but the mac ‘n cheese is to die for! The Haitian offerings include veggies and griot (pork), jerk chicken, plantains and accras (fried cod). Inside, the place has such a cool, artsy aesthetic. P.S. We hear the cocktails are bomb!

7. RÊVE Bistro

Lafayette, California

This fabulous French bistro in the East Bay Area will transport you straight to Paris. They offer all the classics from beef Bourguignon to French Onion Soup to Duck with fresh local cherries. The outdoor seating is lovely, with string lights and cute checkered tablecloths.

8. Cupcackin Bake Shop

Berkeley, California

These cupcakes are the best! They offer so many unique flavors to choose from, but be sure to try the Chocolate Salted Caramel and the Key Lime Pie. The owner Lila is a big advocate of sustainability, and she uses fresh and local ingredients!

9. Blank Brixton

London, United Kingdom

Located right in the heart of buzzing Brixton, this trendy brunch spot has amazing food (we recommend the corn fritters), fabulous coffee, and a great vibe. It’s a wonderful spot for vegans and vegetarians!

10. Pates et Traditions

Kings County, New York

This hidden gem is located in Williamsburg and owned by a cool French woman who definitely knows her stuff! The crepes are super authentic, and the vibe is very European, with music playing and slow service (since everyone is hanging around and enjoying the night)!


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Curated by Pao team member Emily Davidson!

Pao username @emilyd

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