Coffee / Breakfast
HIGH FIVE COFFEE
Chef Katie Button (Cúrate and Nightbell) says this is "the best coffee in town" since each cup of coffee is ground to order.
190 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801 | T: 828.398.0209
13 Rankin Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 | T: 828.713.5291
2000 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC | T: 828.785.8272
Located in the River Arts District, they serve North Carolina's own Counter Culture coffee. They also have a large menu of breakfast and lunch items.
242 Clingman Avenue Extension, Asheville, NC 28801
Brunch & Lunch
Recommended by chef Katie Button (Cúrate and Nightbell), this place is packed with college kids feeding their weekend hangovers. A fried chicken sandwich is definitely the way to go here, but they do have healthy menu options as well.
371 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
Located in a strip mall, one side is a Mexican bodega and the other is a cash-only cafe. Get in line and order at the window for take away or to eat there. Chef Katie Button loves coming here for the authentic tacos on fresh-made tortillas and chef Jacob Sessoms recommends ordering the lamb.
1438 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806
ASHEVILLE DISTILLING COMPANY
Handcrafted American whiskey made in East Asheville. They offer distillery tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 6pm. They produce a Blonde Whiskey, an Oak Reserve, and the Platinum white whiskey.
12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville, NC 28803
They sell durable ceramic dinnerware made in a studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
82 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
FRENCH BREAD CHOCOLATE
A recommendation from chef Adam Hayes (Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley), "I always get their truffles and chocolates because my wife loves them. I like that The French Broad Blue is like Tiffany Blue at my house."
10 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
FOREIGN AFFAIRS ORIENTAL MARKET
Off the beaten track, chef Jacob Sessoms recommends coming to this small market for a great selection of Southeast Asian products, produce and unusual snack items.
611 A Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805
An indie shop selling new and used vinyl. They have listening turntables, so you can check out the vintage albums before you commit to buying them.
415 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
They have been catering to voracious readers for over thirty years. They often host author readings and many other events in the store.
55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
A unique mix of rare antiques and vintage objects. They also create custom lighting and have done installations for restaurants, hotels, and design shops around the country.
37 Paynes Way, Suite 003, Asheville, NC, 28801
RIVER ARTS DISTRICT
Working artists studios, galleries and restaurants in 22 industrial buildings along the French Broad River.
Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28801
THE IMPERIAL LIFE
This cozy cocktail bar is located on the second floor of Table Restaurant. They serve craft cocktails, local beer on tap, and house-made shrubs. If you get hungry they have charcuterie, oysters, cheese, and bar snacks.
48 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801
A restaurant and lounge with a warehouse vibe from chef Katie Button and the team of Cúrate. Head upstairs for cocktails and bar snacks made with local Appalachian ingredients. It's a good idea to book ahead on the weekends.
32 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
Chef Jacob Sessoms opened his New American restaurant in 2010 after working in New York City. We recommend sitting at the counter of the open kitchen to observe the cooks in action. The menu is seasonally-focused and changes often.
48 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801
The restaurant is spacious, lively, and crowded. We highly recommend ordering the fried Korean-style tilefish collar.
7 North Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
ALOFT ASHEVILLE DOWNTOWN
This is Starwood's millennial-focused version of their W Hotel brand. It's located right in the center of downtown, so you can walk to a lot of places. They are a pet-friendly hotel and have a very peppy check-in staff.
51 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
Asheville Street Art
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CHEROKEE, NC & SMOKY MOUNTAINS, NC
An hour west of Asheville and the reservation of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. There's a range of activities to keep you entertained -- museums, gift shops, a casino, and plenty of outdoor activities.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
This national park covers 522,419 acres of Southern Appalachian and straddles North Carolina and Tennessee. Route 441 from Cherokee to Gatlinburg is the fast route, but if you opt for a slower way head towards Maryville, take a left on Fighting Gap Creek Road near the end of the park. It is a two-lane road that leads into Little River Gorge road along Little River. The park has four visitors centers on the grounds and offers many places to camp, picnic, hike, fish, horseback ride, and watch wildlife.