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15 Spots For The Best Breakfast In Asheville – From Locals

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 like 5 Points and All Day Darling.

For breakfast in Downtown Asheville, everyone knows Tupelo Honey and Well-Bred Bakery paired with coffee from High Five, Summit, Rowan’s, 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.

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 (Celiacs) 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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15 Spots For The Best Breakfast In Asheville

1. Sunny Point Cafe

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Sunny Point Cafe serves the best breakfast in West Asheville – and even all of AVL.

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

2. BimBeriBon

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.

BimBeriBon is 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. They have their own parking lot.

BimBeriBon | 697 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

3. Jerusalem Garden Cafe

Jerusalem Garden Cafe Downtown Asheville NC with grape leaves and salmon with hummus, meatballs, and pita
Jerusalem Garden Cafe is perfect for Saturday and Sunday brunch in Downtown Asheville.

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.

Just look across the street, and you’ll see Tupelo and Mayfel’s.

On either side of Jerusalem Garden Cafe, you’ll also find S&W Market and Red Ginger, two more delicious Downtown Asheville restaurants.

We like to park at the Coxe Ave. garage when dining in this area.

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. Plus, this is a quick eats option.

Smoothies, bowls, eggs, kale, toast – you name it, Green Sage serves 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. Sit outside to watch the hustle and bustle of Downtown Asheville.

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 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 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 around 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. All Day Darling

For another gluten-free, vegan, and veggie-friendly Asheville breakfast restaurant, All Day Darling is a must – especially for locals and visitors around the Historic Montford District.

Open 7 days a week, All Day Darling serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner – with both indoor and outdoor seating. They specialize in market-focused food.

Head up to the counter to order, grab your number, and find a seat. This is a restaurant that stays jumping all day – so, we always recommend going during slightly off-peak hours.

For breakfast, order a matcha latte with oat milk, lox, gluten-free pancakes, breakfast bowls, and steak and eggs.

Or, make tough decisions between avocado, mushroom, and almond butter toast. All Day Darling also has a kids’ menu featuring rice and beans, grilled cheese, and a burger or chicken sandwich.

While All Day Darling isn’t a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, they do have a dedicated gf fryer and make their own gluten-free bread.

As AVL locals, this is one of our top picks for a budget-friendly, casual, food intolerance-conscience, and utterly delicious breakfast in Asheville.

Find parking on the side streets around All Day Darling. You are also minutes away from Downtown.

All Day Darling | 102 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

9. Social Lounge

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Enjoy brunch on a rooftop in Downtown Asheville at 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 Saturdays and Sundays 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

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Asheville is full of donut shops like Geraldine’s, Vortex, and Hole Doughnuts.

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.

Grab some coffee from nearby Penny Cup, and head for a stroll around Beaver Lake or the Botanical Gardens at Asheville.

Geraldine’s Bakery | 840 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804

11. Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe

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Grab a chai latte with oat milk at Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe.

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 wish to escape AVL crowds.

Choose from brunch, lunch, and fine pastries. Well-Bred Bakery serves up a variety of quiches and breakfast burritos.

They also feature traditional lunch sandwiches. Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe will have some gluten-free items but largely lack vegan and lactose-free choices.

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 shops, 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. Mamacita’s Taco Temple

Craving breakfast places in Asheville that serve…tacos? Mamacita’s Taco Temple is always jumping. This is where the locals go.

These AVL tacos sit in a former 1930s gas station in North Asheville. Uniquely, the inside is decorated like a church.

Order at the window, and grab a table at the covered patio or inside. Breakfast starts at 7:30 AM and usually runs until noon.

Think milled corn and flour tortillas, tortas, and tamales. Sip Mexican hot chocolate with a side of tater tots or churros.

Mamacita’s Taco Temple features gluten-free and vegan tacos too. Unlike their lunch and dinner options, select from breakfast tacos with eggs, hashbrowns, and bacon.

Taco Temple also has a small kids’ menu and a salad option.

These guys are one of our favorite North Asheville restaurants.

Mamacita’s Taco Temple | 132 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801

14. 5 Points Restaurant

One of the most local breakfast places in Asheville, 5 Points Restaurant sits at the intersection of Historic Montford, North AVL, and Downtown.

Five Points is perfect if you are looking for a budget-friendly, casual breakfast in Asheville and adore cozy, local diners.

It’s also owned by a third-generation Greek family and specializes in no-frills but delicious Greek and Italian cuisine.

The crowds and consistently filled seats speak for themselves, and you’ll find AVL locals shuffling in and out all day.

You might have a short wait, but tables turn over rather quickly too. Sit at the counter, grab a booth, or hide out at a corner table.

With the perfect hangover menu, find breakfast served all day filled with your favorite classics: corned beef hash, eggs, ham, pancakes, and those Southern grits.

Of course, 5 Points serves french toast, breakfast sandwiches and wraps, and eggs benedict paired with never-ending coffee pours.

If you are nearing lunch, find gyros, sandwiches, salads, and fried as well as grilled seafood.

While the menu isn’t labeled for food intolerances, just let your server know – 5 Points Restaurant has a gluten-free biscuit, and they made our eggs in oil instead of butter.

We had to make a few modifications for lactose – but it wasn’t hard. And, the service is great!

Park in their lot out front, but it may be full or a bit tight if you drive an SUV, like us.

There is also limited street parking on Chestnut Street – please be respectful and mindful of residents and all posted signs.

Stock up with treats from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or Harris Teeter on your way out. All sit just minutes from Five Points.

5 Points Restaurant | 258 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801

15. Early Girl Eatery

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

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