How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Washington, D.C.

By Parker Diakite


At one point in time, Washington D.C. was deemed “Chocolate City,” because the majority of its population was African-American. And while the black population is declining, many black-owned businesses are still thriving.

Here’s how to spend 24 hours in black-owned Washington, D.C.

First things first, you need somewhere to stay so book a room with the Inn at Dupont South.

The Inn at Dupont South offers Victorian-style rooms in downtown Washington D.C. Located one block south of Dupont Circle, the hotel is also conveniently surrounded by the metro and popular D.C. attractions.

PHOTO| The Dupont Collection

Start your day and energize your body with trap yoga.

D.C. is one of few places in the country that you will find trap yoga. Khepera Wellness offers various yoga classes and workshops to help you to focus on mindfulness and wellness—even if that means refocusing with Gucci Mane in the background.

Fuel your body at Coffy Café.

Breakfast is served all day at Coffy Cafe and here is where you can find breakfast sandwiches, crepes, baked goods, smoothies and more.

Take a tour through the Anacostia Community Museum.

After your scheduled tour with the National Museum of African American History & Culture, head down to the Anacostia Community Museum on the District’s southeast side. The Anacostia Community Museum’s mission is to explore social issues impacting diverse populations of the DC metropolitan area.

Discover literature on people of African descent at Sankofa Video Books & Café.

Founded in 1997 by filmmaking couple, Haile and Shirikiana Gerima, Sankofa Video and Books specializes in videos and books about people of African descent around the world.

Dive in to comfort food for lunch at Puddin’.

From gumbo, po’ boys, DC’s famous half-smokes, and bread pudding, Puddin’ offers southern comfort food at D.C’s Union Market and in its infamous black and pink food truck.

Instagram| @dcpuddin

Shop with Lettie Gooch.

Lettie Gooch is an independent women’s boutique in Washington, DC. The shop features an eclectic mix of emerging designers and a hand-picked collection of wearable and well-made pieces.

Shop for gifts and take a smoke break at TG Cigar Lounge.

 TG Cigars offers a variety of handmade products and accessories if you’re looking to take home gifts for your loved-one. If you enjoy cigars yourself, take a smoke-break in their lounge.

Enjoy wines from around the world at Cork Wine Bar.

Customers will have the chance to choose between at least 50 wines and 250 bottles from small producers around the world at Cork Wine Bar and Market.

Make dinner reservations at the oldest soul food restaurant in the world.

Since its opening in 1944, the Florida Avenue Grill began as a place where blacks could enjoy a meal comfortably without being harassed during a time when the nation was filled with racial tensions, according to its website.

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