How To Spend 48 Hours In Black-Owned Philly
By Parker Diakite
Heading to the city of Brotherly Love? We have the perfect itinerary for you to spend your hard-earned dollars supporting black-owned businesses.
From food, art, and culture, below is your two-day itinerary for black-owned everything in Philadelphia.
Philly Itinerary: Day 1
1. Start your day at Rose Petals Café and Lounge where you can enjoy some of the best waffles the city has to offer.
2. With the whole day ahead of you, you might get hungry. Grab a snack or two from West Phillie Produce: a black-owned grocery store.
3. Next, head to Hakim’s Bookstore, one of the oldest black-owned bookstore’s in the country. Their collection includes everything from African-American studies, history, children’s books, cookbooks, and more.
4. Shop at Black and Nobel Pop Up, a cultural center that offers items including, literature, art, and natural products.
5. You’ve probably worked up an appetite at this point, so head to Killmandjaro for lunch serving Senegalese cuisine. The atmosphere is casual and a great place to admire African artwork & artifacts.
6. Support local artists at Silver Legends where you will find one-of-a-kind jewelry and custom handbags.
7. End your night at the award-winning Paris Bistro & Jazz Café. The bistro is located next to the Chestnut Hill Hotel in the heart of one of Philadelphia’s most charming neighborhoods.
Philly Itinerary: Day 2
1. Start the day at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. Owned by author, social commentator, activist and professor Marc Lamont Hill, his bookstore features black literature and a food menu that supports black vendors.
2. Make your way to October Gallery after your time at Uncle Bobbie’s. Since 1985, October Gallery has supported African American art at its physical gallery.
3. Shop for yourself or a special man in your life at Blue Sole Shoes. Founded in 2007, Steve Jamison’s Blue Sole Shoes is the premier men’s boutique for high-fashioned footwear and accessories in Philadelphia.
4. Take time out for yourself and relax and unwind at Mellow Massage Therapy Center where you can choose from a massage, yoga, or acupuncture.
5. Enjoy some comfort food at Pretty Girls Cook for lunch. Word on the street is they have some of the best seafood in the city.
6. The Sable Collective offers clothing, jewelry, art, books, body care, and housewares. It’s a great place to purchase souvenirs for someone else or yourself.
7. End your day at Relish. As the gateway to stylish dining, arts, culture, and lifestyle of Northwest Philadelphia, Relish showcases the “finest in modern southern cuisine” and the “best in live jazz,” as stated on its website.