Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture and accomplishments of Caribbean, Mexican, Spanish, Central and South American ancestry. The celebration encourages people to appreciate and learn about the diverse cuisines, cultures, arts, fashions and creativity of the Hispanic world.
What better way to celebrate than to visit a multicultural shop, attend a traditional event or dine at a neighborhood eatery serving delectable, authentic Latin cuisine and supporting the traditions of Hispanic heritage? We’ve rounded up 10 Hispanic-owned businesses around metro Atlanta to not only visit this month but all year-round.
Spanglish Boutique, which once had a physical location in Marietta, now is exclusively online only and sells hand-crafted goods made by Mexican artisans. The love that four Mexican-American sisters have for their heritage, culture and traditions is at the heart of Spanglish Boutique, which they founded. Their ongoing fair trade of the artists’ works empowers local communities, and they work closely with Mexican artists who use unique techniques that have been passed down from their ancestors. Check out their cute huaraches (Mexican sandals), colorful evil-eye jewelry and their exclusive Lotería sneakers.
The Freakin Incan
Explore the taste of Peruvian cuisine at The Freakin Incan in Roswell. Chef and Owner Mikiel Arnold, who was born in Trujillo, Peru, developed a love for cooking while helping his grandmother in the kitchen as a young boy. Since 2015, he’s brought distinctive Peruvian dishes to local Atlantans like the popular Empanada Lomo Saltado, Tallarin Saltado and Alfajores for dessert.
Location: Roswell - 4651 Woodstock Rd. Suite 305; Website: thefreakinincan.com; Contact: 678-587-5301
El Salvador Bakery
El Salvador Bakery in Marietta is the place to go if you want authentic Salvadoran food. Savory dishes like Carne a la Plancha (grilled steak), Mar y Tierra (grilled steak, chicken, and shrimp), Tortas, Tamales and delectable Pupusas are available at this restaurant and bakery. The aroma of the bakery will make you want to sample a wide selection of decadent pan dulce, satisfying any sweet craving.
Similar to Plaza las Americas, Plaza Fiesta in Chamblee is an indoor Latin mall with colorful and lively decor inviting guests to explore the cultures of different Latin American nations. You can find anything from jewelry, shoes, artisan clothing, quinceañera dresses, hand-made goods, soccer jerseys (for just about any team you can think of), specialty foods and much more. With 280+ retail vendors, several dining options, and the biggest indoor playground in Georgia, the whole family is welcome to enjoy all that Plaza Fiesta has to offer. Be sure to check out some of their upcoming events like the Halloween - Día de los Muertos celebration.
Location: Chamblee - 4166 Buford Hwy. NE; Website: plazafiesta.net; Contact: 404-982-9138
Havana Sandwich Shop
Looking for a classic Cuban sandwich? At Havana Sandwich Shop, you can get that as well as other hearty, authentic Cuban meals. The restaurant was founded in 1976 by the late Eddie Benedit Sr. and has since grown to be a local staple, serving many of the foods he grew up eating while living in Cuba. From their sandwiches and traditional plates to their flavorsome sides like Yucca Frita (yucca fries) and Tostones (fried plantains), you’ll get a little bit of everything here. For dessert, make sure to try a cafe Cubano or some of their fruity batidos (milkshakes).
Location: North Druid Hills - 2905 Buford Hwy. NE; Website: havanaatlanta.com; Contact: 404-636-4094
Arepa Mia is a charming Venezuelan counter-serve eatery in Avondale Estates that features arepas, cachapas, empanadas and more. Chef Liz Hernandez was inspired by her mother, a Venezuelan street vendor of arepas for more than 25 years. While many items on the menu are vegetarian-friendly, everything is 100% gluten-free. There are so many great Venezuelan dishes to try, like the Arepitas Fritas, Tajadas con Nata, Patacones, fresh house-made (vegan) juices and beyond.
Location: Avondale Estates - 10 N Clarendon Ave. Suite A; Website: arepamiaatlanta.com; Contact: 404-600-3509
Las Delicias de la Abuela
In traditional Colombian cuisine, grandmothers created the tastiest meals using a clay pot and a wooden spoon over a charcoal stove, combining an exquisite assortment of flavors. At Las Delicias de la Abuela in Doraville, you can explore the unique tastes of classic Colombian dishes. Their menu has a large selection with classic items like Patacones and Arepitas con Hogao (Colombian sauce), Costillas Ahumadas (smoked short ribs), Mojarra Frita (fried tilapia) and authentic Almojábanas (cheese bread).
Location: Doraville - 5600 Buford Hwy. NE, Suite #E; Website: fromtherestaurant.com; Contact: 770-796-5686
Paleteria y neveria la estrella de Michoacan
Have you ever had a paleta? It is essentially a popsicle, and the word “paleta” in Spanish roughly translates to “little stick.” Unlike typical American popsicles, however, paletas are made from whole ingredients including fresh pureed fruits, herbs, nuts and spices. Paleteria y Neveria La Estrella de Michoacan in Forest Park is a great spot to grab some cool treats on a hot day, especially their expansive variety of paleta flavors, mangonadas, ice cream and more.
Location: Forest Park - 4160 Jonesboro Rd.; Contact: 404-361-0131