In a city full of amazing coffee shops, L.A.’s Black-owned cafés stand out from the rest for a couple of few distinct reasons. In addition to brewing high-quality java, many of them explicitly center on Blackness and L.A.’s Black community. Some serve as art galleries and local event spaces, and others regularly partner with local and international nonprofits to further give back. Others are more straightforward operations dedicated to crafting your daily cup of joewith one that even doubles as an excellent delivery service in Downtown L.A.
If you’ve been looking for a way to regularly support Black-owned businesses, look no further than this neighborhood-specific coffee shop guide. Whether you’re looking for a café around the corner or in search of a cozy new spot to spend a relaxed Sunday morning, this comprehensive guide has you covered from the far reaches of the Valley down to Long Beach. If you’d like to find spots in the exact region of L.A. you live in, command-F for the following areas:
- South L.A.
- Central L.A.
- San Gabriel Valley
- Northeast L.A.
- South Bay
- San Fernando Valley
- Long Beach
Know of or already love and support a Black-owned coffee shop in L.A. County not on this list? Email us at [email protected].
Editor’s note: While “coffee” might be in the name, we’ve excluded Watts Coffee House and Altadena’s Little Red Hen Coffee Shoptwo excellent, longstanding Black-owned establishments that offer extensive food menus and full-service hospitality that make them closer to restaurants than a standard grab-and-go-friendly coffee shop.