How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Philadelphia

By DeAnna Taylor


Philadelphia is rich in American history as displayed at Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. However, Philly is also rich in black culture, history, and heritage. It is home to several thriving black-owned businesses.


Planning a trip to Philly soon? Check out these Black-owned businesses during your visit.



Owned by brothers, Robert and Benjamin Bynum, this spot is home to New Orleans jazz and acoustic soul. Let’s not forget the finger-licking menu consisting of barbecue short ribs, skillet mac and cheese, and gumbo Ya Ya. Check it out at 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard.


Rose Petal Café

Located in Germantown, this cozy refuge serves up rose petals-and whipped cream topped- strawberry waffles and other delicious breakfast and lunch items six days a week. Location: 322 W. Chelten Avenue.


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Photo courtesy of Rose Petals Café & Lounge.



A renowned Eri-Ethiopian restaurant and bar that has been feeding the community, by hand, for over 30 years. Located at 4708 Baltimore Avenue.


Franny Lou’s Porch

A literal and figurative source of community sustenance, this café offers local-inspired espresso drinks and teas with a side of activism and drum class. You can find the plant-filled café at 2400 Coral Street.


Youma’s Restaurant

A newcomer on the block, this Senegalese spot brings patrons a taste of Dakar with dibi (grilled lambchops), fatata (beef patties), and yassa (spicy grilled chicken with habanero and green pepper).


Hakim’s Bookstore and Giftshop

One of the country’s oldest Black-owned bookstores founded nearly 60 years ago by Dawud Hakim. This family-friendly shop gives the perfect blend of old-school vibes and proud activism. Address: 210 52nd Street.


Photo courtesy of Hakim’s Bookstore.


Perfectly Flawless Boutique

Owner Crystal Jackson has created the perfect one-stop-shop for all things beauty. Come in and shop for edgy jumpsuits and going out wear then get your makeup done by the on-site aesthetician. You can even treat yourself to a manicure and a new hairstyle while you are at it. Location: 5312 Germantown Avenue.


The Sable Collective

Located in North Philly, this spot is a resource for women of color. Here you will find everything from affirmation flag pennants, Ankara-print socks, and Cuban leather bags to book-clubs and yoga workshops.


Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse

The owner, Ariell R. Johnson, is the first African-American woman on the East cost to own a comic book shop. You can find your favorite Marvel and DC comics stocked here in addition to big time and self-published books for grown-ups. Don’t leave without trying one of the comic-book-hero-themed cupcakes or special seasonal drinks.


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The Colored Girls Museum

The first institution of its kind, this memoir museum honors the stories, experiences, and history of Colored Girls. Visitors will be treated to a Salon Style-Guided tour of a home that has been converted to a museum. Located in the historic Germantown neighborhood.


Photo courtesy of The Colored Girls Museum


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DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel writer. The Charlotte native recently completed one year abroad working as an English teacher in South Korea. Her hobbies include fitness, traveling to new countries, and trying new foods.

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