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-owned businesses led by San Fernando Valley natives.

1. VLY GRL

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 popup space.

3. Ninong’s Dessert Lab

Best known for their ube pancakes, Ninong’s sadly had to close their cafe in November of 2020 but are 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 a chic basket, coaster, rug, or anything else macramé, hit up Mel Wald and she’ll bring your idea to life.

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 good 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.

9. Wanderlust Creamery, Tarzana

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, pre-panny, this was a very poppin’ karaoke spot. Just saying.)

11. Nic’s Burgers and Bowls, Chatsworth

Seriously, words don’t and won’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 my 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.

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