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How To Spend A Day in Black-Owned San Diego

By Rachel George

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The next time you’re in San Diego, why not check out these black-owned spots?

Royal Food Café

Your taste buds will be singing for joy once you’ve tasted Royal Food Café and breakfast. Braised short rib hash browns, sweet potato waffle platters, tofu scramble, and protein pancakes are a few of the hot staples from their extensive menu. They are also available for catering and door to door delivery.

Visit the Breaking of the Chains Monument

Read writings from Dr. Martin Luther King at this metal sculpture, a testament to black history and the civil rights movement and representation of the discrimination blacks face in America.

WorldBeat Center


Stop by the WorldBeat Center for one of their daily classes or multicultural events, dedicated solely to preserving the African Diaspora and other indigenous cultures of the world through dance, art, education, and music. This month, spend Bob Marley’s Ascension day with Akae Beka and St. Croix music legend Vaughn Benjamin for a live performance like no other.

World Beat Cultural Center Performance

Freshly Faded Barber + Shop

Think like Malcolm, Eat like Sebi and Hussle like Nipsey at this barbershop “out of necessity.” This isn’t your regular barbershop. Full of philosophical conversations and woke cultivators exposing positive representations of African-American Culture, one haircut at a time.

Coops’s West Texas BBQ

Named one of the top best BBQ spots in the city, Texas native Brad “Coop” Cooper opened this family-owned business known for its signature “BBQ in a Bag,” Feed your soul with one of their southern BBQ specials featuring pounds of meat including rib tips and beef brisket. Ironically enough, Cooper’s sister runs their neighboring restaurant, Da Chicken Coop, known for their life-changing fish Fridays.

Reggae World

Immerse yourself in all things reggae, from clothing, music to essential oils, books and more. For the last 10 years, store owner Zulu has kept the reggae roots and culture alive in San Diego through this Caribbean staple in North Park.

Cane Patch Kitchen

End the night going down the Bayou for authentic creole food, classic New Orleans cuisines, like jambalaya, swamp fries, breakfast beignet sandwiches, and freshly baked cakes. I can only imagine what vegan style pulled pork taste like, but I’m always up for a new food challenge.

Swamp Fries
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