Best Of NYC: Our Pan African Faves

New York City is known for its cultural variety. With more tourists looking for cultural exploration within the states, Harlem has become a hot spot for those looking to discover pan-African culture. Whether grabbing a rum punch at happy hour, shopping for traditional Kente, or visiting a local jazz lounge Harlem has many spots to be discovered.

Below is our go-to list of pan-African spots in Harlem

Best butter lotions and essential oils on 125th Street 

Right off the C train stop you can find local African vendors selling black soap, essential oils, and all types of shea butter. Essential oils are used for traditional remedies as well as fragrance for living spaces. Shea butter is native to west Africa and most popularly used as a moisturizer for your skin and in some instances as cooking oil. 

Sylvia's Restaurant

A Harlem classic since 1962, founder Sylvia Woods was known as "the Queen of soul food."  The restaurant has been visited by famous celebrities and is a go-to for any visitors in Harlem. 

Minton's Playhouse

Established in 1938 by saxophonist Henry Minton, any music fan will enjoy an evening at Minton's. Talented musicians from all over take to the stage to highlight their original music and well as cover the classics. 

LoLo's Seafood

A small but mighty Caribbean restaurant dishing out lots of flavor. Lolo's brings Caribbean flavors to American seafood boils. It's a great spot to find authentic flavors and enjoy a happy hour cocktail; in a coconut! We love the crab cake basket; we suggest you swap the garlic fries for Lolo fries aka plantain chips.