Where can you get the best breakfast in Asheville? As locals, we are sharing Asheville breakfast places you don’t want to miss.
As the most important meal of the day, especially if you are planning on chasing those waterfalls, what are the best breakfast places in Asheville, NC?
It’s pretty hard to choose, especially since Asheville is known as Foodtopia. While many of the hotels serve complimentary breakfast basics, we highly suggest grabbing breakfast or brunch at least once in AVL.
Below, these Asheville breakfast restaurants will include tourist hot spots as well as more local joints.
For breakfast in downtown Asheville, everyone knows Tupelo Honey and Well-Bred Bakery paired with coffee from High Five, Summit, or Izzy’s.
And, of course, for breakfast in West Asheville, Biscuit Head will have a line out the door. Sunny Point Cafe is a favorite among locals and visitors.
You can grab donuts from Ava’s, Duck Donuts, and Vortex, too. Not to mention delicious bakeries like Old Europe and Geraldine’s.
If you are looking for a gluten-free or vegan breakfast in Asheville, BimBeriBon and Green Sage Cafe will have numerous options.
Don’t forget those breakfast tacos from Taco Temple after a night of touring the breweries. Plus, you have fantastic Asheville brunch spots like Isa’s, Social Lounge, and Jerusalem Garden Cafe.
Do we have you convinced? Keep reading for more details about the best breakfast restaurants in Asheville, NC.
Please remember that ‘best’ is subjective. We love hearing your favorites in the comments.
Also keep in mind that we have food intolerances, including gluten and lactose. This means that our foodie lists lean a little more toward restaurants that we can easily order at. However, we listen to our friends and readers, too.
Let’s get started!
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13 Spots For The Best Breakfast In Asheville
1. Sunny Point Cafe
One of the most talked-about places for breakfast in West Asheville, Sunny Point Cafe is both a visitor and local favorite.
The weekends will see lines around West Asheville, and the weekdays tend to be just as busy.
Sunny Point Cafe serves all three meals on most days, but we especially love them for breakfast and brunch.
Eat outside on the patio or enjoy a meal indoors. Dine on Southern classics like chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits.
Sunny Point Cafe also has French toast, hotcakes, avocado toast, candied bacon, and breakfast burritos. They offer gluten-free bread options and serve up large portions with local libations.
Afterward, enjoy West Asheville’s quirky shops, coffee joints, and street art. We suggest street parking on State Street.
Sunny Point Cafe | 626 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
The West Asheville restaurants are delicious musts, including gluten-free bakery and cafe BimBeriBon. Notably, BimBeriBon and Posana are two of the few fully dedicated gluten-free kitchens in Asheville.
Choose from seasonal vegan donuts, gluten-free baked goods, plantain bowls, wraps, and avocado toast.
They are open from Fridays to Sundays, and some of their food runs on the spicier side.
BimBeriBon is vigilant with food intolerances — in our experience — and you can enjoy outdoor patio dining. BimBeriBon has its own parking lot.
BimBeriBon | 697 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
3. Jerusalem Garden Cafe
One of our favorite spots for a late weekend breakfast in downtown Asheville, Jerusalem Garden Cafe is both colorful and delicious. Here, enjoy Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
Choose from brunch omelets, Shakshuka, eggs, falafels, hummus, salads, and gyros. They even serve brunch mimosas.
Of course, Jerusalem Garden Cafe is also one of our favorite Asheville lunch spots. They are a great option against the incredibly busy and popular Tupelo Honey, too.
Just look across the street, and you’ll see Tupelo. We like to park at the Coxe Ave. garage.
Jerusalem Garden Cafe | 78 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
4. Tupelo Honey Cafe
Where else can you find all-day breakfast in downtown Asheville? Tupelo Honey — and yes, we highly suggest making reservations.
Tupelo Honey is one of the most popular and ‘touristy’ places for breakfast in Asheville — OK, and lunch, too. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat there.
Tupelo Honey Cafe makes delicious and locally sourced food, serving fresh Southern meals with brunch cocktails. While you can dine all day here, for breakfast, choose from avocado toast, eggs, biscuits, cauliflower, and Brussels.
Tupelo Honey also serves up buttermilk waffles, shrimp and grits, pancakes, and eggs. Know that they are a small franchise — if that isn’t your jam.
Tupelo Honey Cafe | 12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801 | 1829 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
5. Green Sage Cafe
With multiple locations across the city, Green Sage Cafe is perfect for those looking for a healthier and organic Asheville breakfast served all day. Smoothies, bowls, eggs, kale, toast — you name it.
Green Sage Cafe also labels menu items for those who are gluten-sensitive or looking for a vegan breakfast in Asheville. Choose from tea, coffee, milkshakes, and specialty drinks, too.
Their locations feel more like casual cafes. Not all of our readers love Green Sage, but we drop in while running errands in town and need quick, easy, affordable, and healthy fuel.
Green Sage Cafe | 5 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801 | 633 Merrimon Ave, Suite A, Asheville, NC 28804 | 1800 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803 | 70 Westgate Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28806
6. Isa’s French Bistro
Located in Asheville’s trendy hotel scene, Isa’s French Bistro sits tucked into the Haywood Park Hotel. You’ll see this picturesque French bistro in engagement and wedding photos.
If you are looking for a fine dining breakfast in downtown Asheville, head to Isa’s. However, Isa’s is not pretentious, and you can still dress fairly casually.
For breakfast, Isa’s offers a hash skillet, eggs, sausage, and French toast. Find a few vegan and gluten-free options, too, including a build-your-own breakfast sandwich. Don’t miss that Bloody Mary or their flavorful mimosas.
Isa’s French Bistro | 1 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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7. Biscuit Head
It’s no secret that Biscuit Head has a cult following as well-known Asheville breakfast joints — kind of like White Duck Taco.
We are not necessarily a part of the Biscuit Head following, but we understand that people freaking love Biscuit Head. Their food is fantastic, and they have great service.
What we personally appreciate about Biscuit Head is that we can order vegan and gluten-free biscuits with gravy.
Biscuit Head makes moist biscuits, and they support the community — locally sourcing many of their ingredients and drinks.
Choose from traditional biscuits with fun and spicy gravy flavors or turn them into tempting and massive sandwiches with all of the meats.
On the weekends, lines will wrap around the building, and you might have a more stressful experience. If Biscuit Head is a must for you, we highly suggest going on weekdays during off times, like 11-ish AM.
This Southern comfort food will truly make you feel like you are in North Carolina. We love the Gus Cutty art at the Hendersonville Road location. That cat wallpaper, too…
Biscuit Head | 733 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 | 417 Biltmore Ave, Ste 4F Asheville, NC 28801 | 1994 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
8. Early Girl Eatery
For another gluten-free and vegan Asheville breakfast restaurant, Early Girl Eatery has a large menu. They are quite popular, especially their bustling downtown location.
Early Girl serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day, and they focus on farm-to-table cuisine. For breakfast, choose from breakfast bowls, pancakes, biscuits, and eggs.
Along with mimosas, order a few sides including fresh fruit, ham, sausage, grits, cornbread, and bacon. Early Girl Eatery is also a great foodie option for the entire family.
Early Girl Eatery | Downtown 8 Wall St. | West 444 Haywood Rd. #101 | South 1378 Hendersonville Rd. Suite A
9. Social Lounge
One of Asheville’s infamous rooftop bars, don’t miss brunch in downtown Asheville at Social Lounge, which is the sister restaurant to Strada Italiano.
Brunch on Social Lounge’s rooftop with decadent cocktails and downtown views. Social Lounge labels its menu for gluten-free allergies, and they have vegan items like lox.
Along with hearty Southern breakfast options, find salads, muffins, and sometimes our favorite breakfast sandwich, a Monte Cristo.
Social Lounge | 29 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
10. Geraldine’s Bakery
There are plenty of donut shops in Asheville, making it hard to choose just one.
However, if you are craving homemade donuts for breakfast in Asheville along with freshly baked goods and pastries, head to Geraldine’s Bakery.
Situated in North Asheville, this local stop most resembles a hometown Italian bakery.
Geraldine’s sells wedding cakes, Italian cookies, fritters, and an endless display of mouth-watering pastries that you cannot leave without.
Geraldine’s Bakery | 840 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
11. Well-Bred Bakery
For breakfast in Biltmore Village — with downtown locations – Well-Bred Bakery is another popular and busy breakfast restaurant in Asheville. We suggest fueling up at Well-Bred before your Biltmore Estate tour.
Well-Bred Bakery has also been voted one of the best bakeries in WNC for years, and they have two Weaverville locations — if you want to escape AVL.
Choose from brunch, lunch, and fine pastries. Well-Bred Bakery serves up a variety of quiches and breakfast burritos. They’ll also have your traditional lunch sandwiches.
Well-Bred Bakery | Biltmore Village: 6 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803 | Grove Arcade Downtown AVL: 1 Page Avenue, Ste. 112G, Asheville, NC 28801 | Weaverville: 26 North Main Street, Weaverville, NC 28787 & Food Truck: 232 Reems Creek Rd, Weaverville NC, 28787
12. Old Europe Pastries
Established in downtown Asheville in 1994, Old Europe is one of the longest-running cafés, coffee, and pastry shops in Asheville.
Old Europe makes some of the most dazzling desserts and is perfect if you are looking for a grab-and-go, sweet breakfast in Asheville.
If you are vegan, lactose-intolerant, or looking for gluten-free treats, Old Europe will have something for you. They also serve traditional Hungarian desserts.
Locals and visitors may order treats online or via a food delivery service.
Old Europe Pastries | 13 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
13. Taco Temple
Craving breakfast places in Asheville that serve…tacos? Mamacita’s Taco Temple is always busy. Think milled corn tortillas, tortas, and tamales.
These AVL tacos sit in a former 1930s gas station in North Asheville. Breakfast starts at 7:30 AM, and they even have a vegan taco option.
Think Mexican hot chocolate and tater tots, too. Taco Temple also has a small kids’ menu and a salad option.
Taco Temple | 132 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801
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Which breakfast restaurants in Asheville do you love? Which restaurant serves the best breakfast in downtown Asheville? Who makes the most delicious vegan breakfast in Asheville? Let us know in the comments.