The Best Cafes In Asheville, NC

Published: November 12, 2013

Do you navigate your world by the proximity of the nearest cafe or coffeehouse? Does every local barista know your favorite drink, even if they don't know your name? If you ever pass through the mountain oasis that is Asheville, NC, this guide will help you find exactly the buzzworthy experience you're looking for.

  1. Waking Life Handbrewed Coffee & Espresso

    This iconoclastic house-turned-cafe in West Asheville serves outstanding handbrewed coffee from an ever-changing variety of local, regional and international roasters. Local treats are served in a homey, comfortable setting. The staff are all exceptionally skilled and friendly, and no order is too complex. Enjoy the artfully decorated interior or, in appropriate weather, the picnic tables outside.

  2. BattleCat CoffeBar

    With a hip, artsy interoir and a great selection of both coffee drinks and snacks, West Asheville's BattleCat is easily one of the best cafes in the area. The eclectic vibe attracts a wide variety of customers, and in nice weather the ample porch and outdoor area is a great place to have a fun conversation.

  3. High Five Coffee Bar

    Located in downtown Asheville, High Five has a great selection of coffees and teas, as well as a pleasant atmosphere. The staff is pleasant and understand their craft, making High Five one of the best options in the city for a great beverage.

  4. Izzy's Coffee Den

    This small cafe on busy Lexington Avenue takes great pride in their coffee. The artsy, DIY attitude probably isn't to everyone's taste, but the quality of the drinks is hard to beat. Be warned, however, that seating is limited, so be prepared to get your order to go.

  5. Firestorm Cafe & Books

    It's hard to find a place that better respresents the "Asheville experience" than Firestorm. This anarchist bookstore and cafe is run as collective, proudly proclaiming "There are no bosses here," and features fair-trade coffee drinks and a wide variety of exclusively vegan treats.

  6. Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

    This Asheville institution opened in 1982, and has long been a favorite of the community. With a variety of one-of-a-kind speciality drinks and a great setting for any book lover, Malaprop's is definitely worth a visit.

  7. Double D's Coffee and Desserts

    Ever wanted to sip a high-end coffee drink made in a vintage double-decker British bus? Now you can! This iconic cafe in downtown Asheville is known by locals as the "coffee bus," and has good selections of drinks and teas, as well as a comfortable patio area.

While there are many coffee choices in downtown Asheville, only a few of them are worth your time. Now, thanks to this list, you have the inside scoop on where you get your next caffeine buzz in this tourist-friendly mountain city.