February marks a special time to reflect and honor the Black community in our city and beyond, and many community members and programs have gotten involved. We wanted to take more of our followers’ opinions and interests into account for this roundup, so we posted an Instagrampoll asking for recommendations of their favorite Black-owned businesses in San Francisco. They certainly delivered, and below is a list of the top spots recommended by San Franciscans, for San Franciscans.
Be sure to keep these businesses and others on your radar as we all work to lift up the Black community of San Francisco, during February and beyond.
Azikiwee Anderson founded this innovative micro-bakery in the spring of last year. It started as a quarantine project in response to nationwide unrest after the murder of George Floyd and the uneven impact of Covid-19 on the Black community. He now bakes dozens of delicious, creative sourdough loaves per week, with fun flavors including ube and jalapeño bacon.
See website for pickup locations.
2. Eko Kitchen
Eko Kitchen partners with local businesses to provide delicious Nigerian comfort food in San Francisco. Enjoy dishes featuring fried plantains, smoked goat meat, chicken in sweet and spicy bell pepper, Nigerian honey beans, and much more.
Location: 130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Anthony Lucas started selling cookies out of his car in the Bay Area in 1997. Anthony’s Cookies has since grown into a large enterprise producing thousands of cookies a week. They currently have 2 stores – one in San Francisco and one in Berkeley – but they are hoping to expand and incorporate ice cream in the future.
SF Location: 1417 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA
Berkeley Location: 2575 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley CA
San Francisco’s only Black-owned ice cream shop is owned by 82-year-old Thomas Bennett. They boast over 100 flavors of delicious ice cream, as well as plenty of other treats at great prices. After a break-in last year, the community came together to keep the shop afloat, raising almost $20,000 overnight.
Location: 1470 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA
Yvonne Hines has been creating delicious southern sweets since 2003 in memory of her late grandmother Vermell. Her creations include pralines, old school butter cookies, sweet potato pies, peach cobblers, and cakes.
Location: 5128 3rd St, San Francisco
This vegan donut pop-up helmed by Vandor Hill is spectacular find for anyone, whether or not they follow a plant-based diet. Unique flavors include Thai tea, horchata, chocolate glaze, mixed berry, orange glaze, fudge mint, and Oreo.
Follow @whackdonuts_ on Instagram for pick-up locations.
Sextant Coffee Roasters offers high-quality Ethiopian coffee roasted right here in San Francisco. It was founded by first-generation Kinani Ahmed from Ethiopia, who works directly with farmers in his home country, Kenya, Colombia, and more. You can buy coffee by the bag or enjoy a variety of drink options in the shop.
Location: 1415 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA
This hip coffee shop is run by Excelsior residents Lea and Andre Higginbotham. They welcome different local chefs to provide a rotating pop-up breakfast menu every weekend. Their delicious coffee is inspired by the Excelsior district in San Francisco and features blends from Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Malawi.
Location: 4495 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
This local favorite is a must on your next visit to the Ferry Building. It was founded by Keba Konte in 2014 and uplifts people of all backgrounds, especially those often left out of the specialty coffee industry. Popular drinks include their famous charcoal latte and Vietnamese cold brew.
SF location: Ferry Building
See website for Oakland locations.
This popular brewery is owned by Oakland businessman and one-time mayoral candidate Ces Butner. The Big Daddy IPA was at one point the best-selling IPA in the city, and it’s still a brewery favorite. Also be sure to try their Prohibition Ale, their very first iconic beer from 1997.
Location: 1195 Evans Ave, San Francisco, CA
11. YuBalance Gyms
Shala and Rory Cox started YuBalance Gyms in 2011 for people who “hate the gym.” They have 3 locations across the city that are clean, open, and free of that gym anxiety.
Locations: 1461 Church Street, 26 Clement Street, and 447 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA
Calling all film photographers! SwapFilm offers black and white film memberships that cost $35 for 3 months. You may shoot an unlimited number of rolls one at a time, mailing in your film to be accessed within 7 days on Google Drive. Color film processing is also available.
13. Relove Vintage
This re-sale boutique curates a beautiful collection of vintage, designer, and independent labels that don’t break the bank. Join their community of fashion-forward, socially conscious individuals.
Location: 1815 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
Dagne and Xiomara founded this father-daughter business that produces gorgeous handmade leather goods including handbags, totes, backpacks, duffles and accessories. The high-quality products come from leather artisans, cotton weavers, and jewelry makers in Ethiopia and Tanzania.
[Featured Image: @shoprelove via Instagram]