Updated: Aug 25, 2022
Are you a Louisville native or a first time visitor to Louisville, Kentucky interested in finding and supporting black owned businesses. Well, we compiled a list of some of our personal favs that we think you should check out today, tomorrow, and everyday. This list by no means encompasses all of the epic, black owned businesses we have here locally though, so definitely check these out, & do your own research while you're here too. Ask around. We don't bite unless you're rude or racist, sexist, ableist, or homophobic. :)
If this list isn't comprehensive enough for you. Check out a few lists we found online as well. Here is LEO Weekly & Do502's list of black owned restaurants. Black Owned Louisville features a huge directory as well.
If you click the names listed below you'll find their location, operational hours, menus, and more.
Start Your Day with Coffee/Tea
Sis Got Tea - Black owned, woman owned, LGBTQ owned. She truly has the tea. Find out for yourself
West Lou Coffee - You can find West Lou's coffee in several stores around Louisville, so we make it obvious how much we love them. V-Grits, Rainbow Blossom, and Forage all feature this delicious coffee. Get you a bag before you leave town!
Brew & Sip Coffee - Full service coffee bar that also serves breakfast and lunch. Chicken & sweet tea waffles and coffee to go!!!
Get Fed at These Restaurants
Eden & Kissi - A fusion of Afro-Caribbean food with a French touch.
We HIGHLY recommend trying their ginger lemon juice, or you will possibly have immense regrets FOREVER. They've got oxtail, jerk chicken, potato salad that will sell out FAST because it is that good, and vegan options too. Run there, don't walk.
Super Chefs - Southern style breakfast, lunch, and brunch.
Located in the heart of the highlands, this restaurant cannot be missed visually. Cinnamon Toast Crunch encrusted waffles, wings and waffles, and banana pudding granola encrusted French toast... shall we say more? Veg options available as well.
Ada's Kitchen & Catering - "Your first choice in homestyle cooking".
They are not lying when they say first choice. If you're looking for something to warm your bones and your heart, you need to get you some Ada's immediately. Fried chicken, corn pudding, potato salad... we could go on and on. PEACH COBBLER. GO! Go now.
Funmi's Cafe - African/Nigerian food made with quality ingredients and health conscious.
Funmi's cafe has tons of vegan options for you and ample healthy options as well. Adalu, a dish made with African brown beans and sweet corn in a tomato sauce, is one of our personal favs. It's light and delicious, and we absolutely will not leave without ordering puff-puffs.
Seafood Lady - Signature seafood platters.
Seafood Lady was featured on the Food Network Channel, so yes, you've probably seen her before. If deep fried oysters, cajun alfredo pasta, and fried shrimp po-boys make your mouth water then we highly suggest you make your way to either the Nulu location or Fern Valley location.
Also These Food Trucks
Boss Hogg's BBQ and Food Truck- Food Truck and Catering Company.
You do, in fact, want to be on the lookout for Boss Hogg's when you're in Louisville. If you're looking for something quick, southern, and savory go get you some. They've got ribs, nachos, wings, hot links, and chili dogs for the soul.
502 Cafe- A traveling BBQ experience brought to you by Four Pegs (also check them out).
Do not miss out on the baked beans, truffle Mac, and slaw alone with your smoked brisket sandwich or baby back ribs. Prepare to leave this BBQ experience STUFFED, smiling, and ready for a nap.
Satisfy Your SWEETS Cravings Here
Louisville Cream - C'mon, you know you want ice cream. We most certainly do. Banana pudding ice cream! Dairy free options too!
Kizito Cookies - Everyone in Louisville knows about Kizito Cookies. Located in the heart of the Highlands and waiting to make your day with their delicious baked goods.
Sugar Diva Bakery - Coffee, cupcakes, pastries, wedding cake. You name it. They do it.
Fly Girl Candles - First Love Yourself candles, so emphasis on the ~FLY~. These candles will have you melting into your bubble bath in the best way. Vegan, biodegradable, and made with love because the owner is an absolute angel, and we all love to see her out and about in Louisville.This company is cute, aesthetic, and all about self love.
Aesha's African Baskets - Mame Ndao, Founder & CEO, of Aesha's African Baskets brings the basket weaving traditions that she grew up around in Senegal straight to Louisville, KY, and are we grateful. These are not only the most ornamental and beautifully made creations, but they will also have your house smelling sweet grass FRESH, which is literally one of the best smells ever. From jewelry to decorative bins to laundry storage, we highly recommend you purchase something from them!
Need Film/ Photos/ Media Production?
Media Pros Productions - Multi-media power house quite frankly all of your media production and marketing needs.
Jon P. Cherry - If you haven't heard of photojournalist, Jon P. Cherry, you can find his work in The New York Times, Sierra, TIME Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, New York Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine.
Cre8ur Studios - Cre8ur Studios is an epic, studio space and workspace for those in need of a fully equipped production studio for all of your content creation needs. They also produce their own media content: Cre8ur Magazine and Quarantine Kickback so check it all out.