Guide: Black-owned Restaurants/Shops You Need to Try in Laurel, MD

Do you have a place in your area that’s your go-to for Black-owned businesses? In my travels for Black-owned businesses in Prince George’s County, I have found that a few of my favorites are located in Laurel, MD. I’m specifically talking about the the PG side–Laurel is in three different Maryland counties. Check out a list of some of the Black-owned businesses in the area that I think you’d love.

Note: I will add more to this list as I try more.

High Five

If açaí and smoothie bowls are your jam, High Five is a must try! Their bowls are made so beautifully. I recommend the Pretty Dragon (bottom bowl pictured). They also offer ice cream, and milkshakes.

Two smoothie bowls being held. These bowls are from High Rise, a Black-owned business located in Laurel, Maryland.
High Five’s Little Nutty and Pretty Dragon smoothie bowls

502 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707

https://highfivedmv.com/

More Than Java Cafe

Nestled in the city of Laurel is this lovely café with some of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. I suggest the Breakfast BLT. You can choose what kind of bread you want: bagel, toast, croissant, coco bread, or a wrap. You also can’t go without grabbing a bottle of Nana’s lemonade. You can truly feel the love when you’re here.

Breakfast BLT sandwich from More Than Java Cafe, a Black-owned shop in Laurel, Maryland.
Breakfast BLT sandwich from More Than Java Cafe

358 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707

http://morethanjavacafe.com/

Rise Up Nutrtion

Healthier options don’t mean that flavor has to be lost. Rise Up Nutrition is a community-based nutrition club that has healthy shakes and tea that taste amazing! Below is their Key Lime Pie shake that tasted JUST like the dessert itself. Everyone is so friendly and the service is great. They also have community activities like walks to a nearby river.

A Key Lime Pie shake from Rise Up Nutrition, a Black-owned business located in Laurel, Maryland.
A Key Lime Pie shake from Rise Up Nutrition

344 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707

riseupnutrition.com

These businesses love their community, and you can feel the love when you enter these spaces. If you’re ever in Laurel, MD, these are a few of the best spots to try!