How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Brooklyn, NY

By Rachel George


Some would say the heart and soul of New York rests within Brooklyn. The borough is a hotspot for culture, hip-hop, and a melting pot of entrepreneurs and black millennials looking to create their own definition of success, as The Notorious B.I.G. did with his music career. In appreciation, the block he grew up on is soon to be named Christopher Wallace Way, as a dedication of his contributions to music, the culture and what he meant to the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. Despite gentrification, Brooklyn’s black community is thriving and black businesses are on top.

Here’s where to spend your day in black-owned Brooklyn.

HealHaus Wellness Café 

1082 Fulton St.
Heal your mind, body, and soul with medicinal teas, while listening to R&B and hip-hop at this holistic escape in Clinton Hill, where healing is a lifestyle. This wellness cafe also acts as a yoga studio and hosts frequent healthy conversations about stress, mental and sexual health amongst mothers and monthly zodiac parties. Book a class here.

Woodlands For Brunch

242 Flatbush Ave.
After receiving that burst of energy and zen, enjoy breakfast at Woodlands, a short walk from the Barclays Center. On any given Sunday around noon, the outside looks like the free before 11 line at the club. Between the dope blend of ’90s and 00’s music, with Afrobeats and Soca, guests show up in their Sunday’s best or best brunch fits. Woodlands is the premier brunch spot in Brooklyn.


Pay Respect to the King of New York at Mural of Notorious B.I.G. 
Bedford Ave and Quincy Street

Only true New Yorkers understand what it means to have a mural of Notorious B.I.G. painted in the heart of Brooklyn.  Artists Scoot Zimmerman and Maoufal Alaoui made Biggie’s presence larger than life itself with this 38-foot mural. His daughter, Tyanna Wallace opened a Notorious Clothing Boutique on Atlantic Ave. in his honor.

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Cafe Rue Dix

1453 Bedford 

Senegal cuisine, French café fare. You can only imagine the smell of yucca, confit, and apricots and other fresh veggies and fruits. What’s even more enticing is their vintage shop right next door. Looking for vintage jewelry and apparel to indie cosmetics and incense and spices? @marcheruedix has got you covered.

Junior’s Restaurant

386 Flatbush Ave Ext. 
Now I know I’m not the only one wondering why Diddy had his artist walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn just for some cheesecake.  I recommend the Red Velvet cheesecake, one of their world famous cheesecake flavors. It’s Obama-approved.

Our President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at Juniors Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York/ Getty Images.

Sip and Unwine

1197 Flatbush Ave.
Drink and unWine at this island-inspired eatery by Caribbean-American owners Peterkin and Lindel Pope. Come for their French Wine election and Caribbean rums and beers. Check the live music and paint nights.

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