The Valley’s a great place to live because of the diversity and integration we see daily. We see taco stands on the same corner as we see Black-owned eateries, which can be just across the street from a local coffee shop. But to keep the Valley diverse, we have to invest support into our favorite BIPOC-owned businesses—whether that’s in dollars, nice messages, or social media follows. Here’s a list of 15 AAPI businesses in the San Fernando Valley.
15 San Fernando Valley businesses owned by Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders
Valley girl Alisa Damaso founded VLY GRL to smash stereotypes about Valley girls through poetry and apparel, like the dope-ass pins below.
2. Cafe Aficionado LA, Northridge
Yes, Cafe Aficionado has amazing ube lattes and delicious breakfast burritos—but, more importantly, Cafe Aficionado LA helps local small businesses by offering their storefront as a pop-up space.
Best known for their ube pancakes, Ninong’s sadly had to close its cafe in November of 2020 but is still serving the community online and at monthly pop-up events.
4. Luna Bake Shop, Arleta
Owner and head baker at Luna Bake Shop Nancy Pothidang offers homemade cookies in traditional flavors, nationwide shipping, and delivery. DM Luna Bake Shop on Instagram to order.
5. Macra Made by Mel, Tarzana
The next time you’re looking for clean beauty products that boost your personal wellness, hit up Mel Wald. The small business owner offers nationwide shipping, which is free on orders over $100.
6. Vinh Loi Tofu, Reseda
Here are two very impressive things about Vihn Loi Tofu: 1) Its menu is fully vegan, and 2) The restaurant topped the list of Veg Out’s 10 Asian-Owned Vegan and Vegan-Friendly Restaurants Across the US.
7. Brown Baked Desserts, Lake Balboa
The head baker at Brown Baked Desserts goes by “Chef Jason” and his mission is to “transform traditional Filipino dessert flavors into cookies and more.” He’s doing a damn delicious job if you ask us.
8. Rincome Thai Restaurant, Granada Hills
If you live in or near Granada Hills, you know that Rincome is the go-to Thai food spot. Their coconut shrimp soup is fire, as are their spicy noodles, as is their fried rice, as is… well, you get the point. Everything there is A1.
9. Wanderlust Creamery, Tarzana
Coldstone who? Wanderlust is honestly the only ice cream I’ll ever need. The duo who owns all five Wanderlust locations—in Pasadena, Venice, Atwater Village, Tarzana, and Fairfax—are proud CSUN grads and have been featured on Thrillist, Eater LA, and Food Insider.
10. Bamboo Bistro, Panorama City
You really can’t go wrong when you order from or recommend Bamboo Bistro. The go-tos include pancit, steamed rice, and pork adobo. (Also, this is a very poppin’ karaoke spot. Just saying.)
11. Nic’s Burgers and Bowls, Chatsworth
This is definitely one of my fave AAPI businesses in the San Fernando Valley. Seriously, words don’t do justice to Nic’s Burgers. The best we can say is: Go as soon as you can.
12. Clay Play & Arts, Northridge
Clay Play & Arts is a wonderful (and safe!) place to take your kids for some painting and pottery. Think Color Me Mine, except not corporate.
13. House Roots, Granada Hills
This is my favorite local coffee shop and I won’t even try to hide it. It’s right down the street from my mom’s house and supports social justice!
14. Sweet Snow, Northridge
Sweet Snow might be one of the most underrated dessert shops in the Valley. They have a good variety of desserts and an amazing assortment of ice cream flavors.
15. Fork & Spoon, Cuisine from the Philippines, Woodland Hills
Fork & Spoon has been a destination spot in Woodland Hills ever since owner Paul Fuentes opened the doors in 2019. Judging by the photos of his food, it’s not hard to see why.