“Nawlins” is one of the most fascinating cities in the U.S., if not the world with 18 million visitors a year staying at hotels like the InterContinental Hotel New Orleans to find the treasures the city provides. Few cities are known for everything from the food and music to the rich history and cultural traditions. New Orleans is also home sweet home to my partner/co-founder Shantrelle, and the location for our upcoming wedding!
That being said, we had to list some Black owned businesses, organizations and attractions for those who will be visiting the city for our upcoming nuptials or for any other reason.
Black Owned Businesses & Organizations in New Orleans
Cajun Fire Brewing company is an eco-friend
Lil Dizzy’s Cafe is a no-frills joint for soul-food breakfasts & lunches plus a buffet option & dinners some nights.
The Praline Connection began as a home delivery service. Now it serves “down-home” cajun-creole style soul food and signature pralines for dessert.
Loretta’s Authentic Pralines has been in business for over 35 years. Loretta was the first African American woman to successfully own and operate her own praline company in New Orleans.
Diva Dawg is a gourmet hot dog food truck featuring a locally made creole hot dog called the “Diva Dawg” complimented by a sweet and savory brioche bun, along with creole toppings and specialty shakes.
Krewe du Brewe is a homley cafe in compact quarters features a range of espresso-based drinks, plus paninis & pastries.
Dreamy Weenies is “The home of the original New Orleans style hot dog.” Dreamy Weenies features premium quality halal and kosher beef hot dogs, turkey hot dogs, as well as vegan options, with a variety of toppings and sides inspired by New Orleans traditional cuisine.
Ma Momma’s House is a sit-down restaurant with a menu that spans from fried chicken and waffles to heart-healthy options such as grilled tilapia.
Nestled in the heart of Downtown New Orleans lies Victory, the city’s most eclectic and unique place for pleasant conversation, an array of delectable morsels and an impeccably prepared cocktail.
Neyow’s Creole Cafe is an informal establishment supplying Creole & other Southern-inspired dishes & cocktails.
Coco Hut offers made to order meals with Caribbean flair, like spicy jerk shrimp or chicken.
Hubbard Mansion offers five exquisitely furnished suites in the Main House, and two executive apartments perfect for long-term stays. The beautiful rooms recall the grandeur of 19th century New Orleans.
La Maison Vacation Rental is an in-town mansion built in 1852. Architecturally, it is a classic two story Greek Revival Italianate townhouse with a double-galleried balcony and side bay windows.
Second Vine Wine is a unique wine store located in the heart of the Marigny Triangle. They strive to make wine fun and approachab
Pro Fitness Trainers is a New Orleans-based personal training service founded by retired football player Eric Capers in
Anthony Bean Community Theater & Acting School (ABCT) was established in the spring of 2000 to meet the demands of New Orleans, Louisiana area residents interested in learning and participating in dramatic art.
Hope Federal Credit Union started in 1995 as a small church project. HOPE is a community development credit union that helps low- and moderate-income people in the nation’s poorest region build a solid financial foundation for a better future.
The McKenna Museum of African American Art is an institution that collects, interprets, and preserves the visual aesthetic of people of African descent.
Le Musee de f.p.c. is a historic house museum dedicated to educating visitors on the culture and history of free people of color in New Orleans.
The Amistad Research Center is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America’s ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center is an initiative of Efforts of Grace, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent.
LA Creole is a New Orleans based non-profit family research organization dedicated to the study of the history and culture of the Creoles of Color of LA.
-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson