Need a pick me up? Don’t miss some of the best coffee shops in Asheville, NC. As locals, we are sharing Asheville coffee shops you don’t want to miss. Grab a brew or ground coffee to go, too.
Where can you buy delicious coffee in Asheville? I’m pretty sure everyone already knows about that vintage double-decker red bus, Double D’s.
Trade & Lore will transport you to a magical oasis in a bustling city. Malaprop’s serves up brews, author talks, and endless local book displays.
For locals and digital nomads, PennyCup Coffee Co. has a gorgeous North Asheville coffee shop. Grab donuts with your coffee at Vortex (and beer next door at Catawba). Be sure to pick up a bag of coffee beans at Summit Coffee Co.
So, if you are utterly exhausted after a day of touring Western North Carolina or just getting on the road, where can you get the best coffee in Asheville?
And, which Asheville coffee shops use local coffee roasters? Which coffee spots carry gluten-free and vegan treats? Where are all of the desserts?
‘Best’ is, of course, subjective. However, we are experts in three things: coffee, booze, and books.
As AVL locals, we are sharing our favorite coffee shops in Asheville — touristy and off the beaten path. Keep reading for where to find coffee in Asheville. Let’s get started!
Looking for an Asheville coffee pairing? Why not Grab A Donut, too?
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10 Delicious Coffee Shops In Asheville, NC
1. PennyCup Coffee Co.
Locations – West Asheville: 362 Depot Street
Downtown Asheville: 39 S. Market Street
East AVL: 6 Beverly Road
North Asheville: 857 Merrimon Avenue
One of the best coffee shops in Asheville to pick up some beans and get some work done, head to PennyCup Coffee. PennyCup’s North Asheville location recently added a larger room perfect for digital nomads.
PennyCup is one of the small-batch roasters in Asheville that focuses on sustainable and green coffee. They have various locations in each of Asheville’s unique neighborhoods.
To us, PennyCup is a little more local and less touristy out of all the Asheville coffee shops. Grab a bag of coffee for home.
2. Double D’s Coffee & Desserts
Address: 41 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Unlike PennyCup, Double D’s is one of the most touristy coffee shops in downtown Asheville. However, don’t let this or the Instagrammers out front scare you away… Double D’s still has some of the most delicious coffee beverages.
You’ll know that you’ve arrived at Double D’s when you spot the vintage double-decker red bus. You can sit upstairs — when it’s open — or outside in their closed-in patio.
Double D’s accepts cash only, and they do have Wi-Fi. Along with coffee and tea, order iced drinks, frappes, smoothies, and milkshakes.
Double D’s makes their own signature drinks, too. Their desserts involve ice cream.
3. Trade and Lore Coffee
Address: 37 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801
Wait, where the heck am I? Did I just enter a magical fairy world in the middle of downtown Asheville? Trade and Lore is one of the prettiest and most serene coffee shops in Asheville. The ambiance and decor are everything.
Trade & Lore focuses on specialty coffee and craft beer. They work with other local AVL businesses for their milk, baked goods, beans, and honey.
Trade and Lore is located across the street from one of our favorite vegan and vegetarian restaurants, Laughing Seed Cafe.
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4. High Five Coffee
Locations – Downtown Asheville: 13 Rankin Avenue
Montford: 190 Broadway Street
Woodfin/Riverside: 2000 Riverside Drive
High Five Coffee has multiple locations across the city and is a family-owned Asheville coffee shop. They serve up coffee classics plus a few of their own specialties with beans roasted from Counter Culture Coffee in Durham.
High Five’s flagship coffee shop sits in the Montford and Five Points neighborhoods on Broadway Street. Relax on the patio or maybe stroll nearby Riverside Cemetery to pay tribute to Thomas Wolfe.
If you are downtown, don’t miss their Rankin Ave. location, which is close to Pack’s Tavern. Or, head toward the French Broad River with your pups to grab a coffee-to-go.
5. Summit Coffee Co.
Locations- River Arts District: 4 Foundy Street, Suite 20
Downtown Asheville: 1 Page Avenue, Suite 148
Summit Coffee is a specialty coffee franchise across North Carolina. Their Asheville coffee shop locations are convenient and delicious.
Summit Coffee in downtown Asheville is tiny and tucked into Page Avenue at the historic Grove Arcade. Their outside seating is perfect for people watching. The Asheville Pinball Museum is nearby along with Cultivated Cocktails Distillery. Turn the corner, and you have Battery Park Book Exchange.
If you love hipster street art, though, head over to Summit’s River Arts District (RAD) location. Enjoy artists’ studios, shops, and the newly renovated riverwalk.
6. Old Europe Pastries
Address: 13 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
Old Europe is one of the longest-running cafés and coffee shops in Asheville (since 1994). Along with coffee, dip in here for some of the best pastries in all of Asheville.
You can order dessert and goodies online or via a food delivery service.
If you are vegan, lactose-intolerant, gluten-free, or a combination, they will have something for you. With a Celiac and lactose-intolerant hubby, Old Europe is a gem. They also serve traditional Hungarian desserts.
7. Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
Address: 55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
One of our favorite bookstores in Asheville, don’t skip Malaprop’s — an AVL icon. Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe is infamous for its bookish gifts, fabulous book recommendations, indie titles, and support for local authors.
They host endless author events and send out kick butt newsletters. Grab some coffee in their cafe, and peruse their endless stacks.
Don’t miss their local Asheville and North Carolina reading sections, too. I bet you cannot leave empty-handed.
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8. Vortex Doughnuts
Address: 32 Banks Ave #106, Asheville, NC 28801
For delicious Asheville donut shops with coffee, Vortex Doughnuts is a sweet option.
Located in Asheville’s South Slope area — home to Buxton Hall BBQ & Catawba Brewing — Vortex even has vegan and gluten-free donut options.
9. Battery Park Book Exchange
Address: 1 Page Ave #101, Asheville, NC 28801
OK. OK. I’m busted here if you know me as The Uncorked Librarian. We love Battery Park Book Exchange’s wine selection and literary cocktails. Heck, this entire establishment factored into us moving to AVL.
However, Battery Park Book Exchange is also one of the best coffee shops in Asheville if you love books.
Explore endless rooms of used books in this champagne bookstore. Meet up with friends, attend a poetry reading, and sit ensconced within the stacks.
Like Summit Coffee, Battery Park Book Exchange is located in Grove Arcade. Shop for clothes, jewelry, and art while you are on this side of town.
10. French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Address: 10 South Pack Square, Asheville NC 28801
One of the most popular dessert, hot chocolate, and coffee shops in Asheville, French Broad Chocolate Lounge is a must. They have vegan and gluten-free treats, too.
Located in Pack Square, you might find a line out the door. Grab a truffle and some coffee. The Asheville Art Museum is right next door. Take a stroll around Pack Square.
What are your favorite Asheville coffee shops?
Which coffee shops in Asheville do you love? Who makes the best Asheville coffee? Let us know in the comments!