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Black-owned eateries and shops across Berkeley must be experienced by Berkeley locals and visitors alike.
Berkeley is known for being a progressive, diverse, and inclusive destination, which is emphasized in the culmination of culture and diversity showcased in our many BIPOC-owned businesses around Berkeley. These one-of-a-kind shops offer a peek into the communities, diasporas and culture, all in Berkeley. All year round, not just during Black History Month, make sure to support and shop the unique Black-owned businesses. Here are just a few to start!
Laurel Burch Studios is an independent woman-owned/black-owned retailer, jewelry company, and art licensing business focused on preserving the essence of California artist Laurel Burch's original artworks and inspirational spirit. Launched by Laurel’s daughter Aarin Burch in 2012, Laurel Burch Studios offers a wide range of accessories, gifts, crafts, and home goods inspired by Laurel’s bright, bold designs.
Lemat Ethiopian Restaurant & Café
Lemat Ethiopian Restaurant and Café, an authentic Ethiopian restaurant at 3212 Adeline St, is located in the Lorin district. Offering vegetarian, vegan, and meat dishes served family style, Lemat brings a friendly, authentic experience to you, topped off with their gluten free sourdough flatbread: Injera. Additionally, Lemat serves their customers with a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, as coffee is deeply rooted in Ethiopian history.
CupCakin’ Bake Shop has two locations in Berkeley, the original at 2391 Telegraph Ave, in the Telegraph Avenue District and the newly-opened store at Virginia and Shattuck Ave. in the North Shattuck District (the former Virginia Bakery location). These bake shops offers high quality cupcakes, baked daily from scratch. Every day, unique, delicious flavors are sold, offering everything from Vegan Black Forest to Funfetti. Their Cupcakin’ cares campaign sends donations to a new organization every week, announced on their Instagram page weekly.
Cali Alley, the sister company of California Rose Catering, is a pop up that is 100% outside, making it accessible as ever during these uncertain times. Located at 1012 Grayson St in West Berkeley, the eatery offers unique comfort food, unlike what you’ve seen before. Ranging from ribs to grilled chicken rice bowls, the small gem hidden in an alley brings you comfort foodthat’s truly one of a kind.
Located at 1955 Ashby Ave in South Berkeley, Lola's African Apparel is a shop that sells authentic African clothing, made in Nigeria; sewn by local seamstresses and tailors. The owner, Lola travels to Nigeria twice a year to hand select the fabrics used. Those vibrant patterns used appear on clothing for men, women, children, and recently have included masks as well. The shop not only portrays high quality, beautiful clothing, but a taste of the African diaspora.
Farmacy Berkeley is a newly opened cannabis dispensary providing sustainably produced cannabis products. Located at 3243 Sacramento St in South Berkeley, the dispensary offers curbside pickup and free delivery for customers (over 21), displaying their commitment to quality and thoughtful curation.
Spiral Gardens, a nonprofit urban garden center, is located at 2850 Sacramento St, in Southwest Berkeley. Their Community Food Security Project provides several programs including a community farm, in which harvests are given to volunteers, as well as those who need it around Berkeley. Their nursery is open to the public, specializing in herbs and plants for a myriad of uses. Their mission stays strong, as they also advocate for better food policy and health education in Berkeley.