Asheville is well known as a tourist destination and as a brewing town. Lately, it’s become more and more popular as a weekend getaway spot, because of it’s exploding cultural scene. But if you’re new to Asheville, you might not know that this bustling little town is also very well known for its coffee! One trip through downtown, and it becomes obvious — there are coffee shops and cafes on just about every street, all with a different claim to fame and a different vibe. So, if you’re into coffee, and you’d like to check out the bean scene here in Asheville, here are our top Asheville coffee shop picks for every occasion. From work to play to the plain old best cuppa joe, here’s what you need to know:
Best Coffee Shop for Work: World Coffee Cafe
World Coffee Cafe is well known for their quality coffee. They do standard drip coffee well, and their lattes and other hand-crafted coffee beverages are delicious. World Coffee Cafe is our top pick for a working coffee shop. Whether you need to get on top of your emails, or you’re writing, World Coffee Cafe has a number of rooms to choose from, the shop just seems to keep going, and all of them are outfitted with the outlets you need to power up your various electronics. With practically unlimited seating, and plenty of rooms with different, yet still cozy atmospheres, this is definitely a cafe you can settle into and get some work done.
Best Experience Coffee Shop: Double D’s
Whether you’ve got company coming to visit or you’re just in Asheville for the weekend, you have to hit up Double D’s double decker bus for a fun coffee experience you won’t soon forget. An actual big red double decker bus that’s been converted into a coffee shop, Double D’s is known for their inventive flavors and their handmade sodas. If you want to get out and have a little fun, their seasonal lattes like lavender & honey, and a blueberry white mocha are guaranteed to offer a new experience — and let’s not forget the double decker bus part!
Best Sunday Morning Coffee Shop: Old Europe
A classic Asheville standby, Old Europe is practically an institution. Started in 1994 by a Hungarian baker, the cafe hasn’t changed much since then. Their desserts are still baked in-house daily, and some of the best you’ll find in Asheville. We picked them as our favorite Sunday morning coffee shop for just that reason. Their bold coffee blend is made to complement the sweet desserts and pastries rotating through their counters, making for a very sweet way to wake up on the weekends!
Best Coffee Shops for a Lazy Afternoon: Malaprops and Battery Park Book Exchange
This category was so tough, we had to pick two. There’s just something about perusing shelves of books with a great cup of coffee in hand that can make for the perfect afternoon, either on a weekend or one of those rare days you get out of work early.
Malaprops is an independent bookstore and coffee shop combined, but that doesn’t mean their coffee is sub-par. In fact, it’s some of the best you’ll find in town, and all of their drinks go down smooth with a new book in hand! If you’re looking for somewhere to curl up and read with your cuppa this weekend, Malaprops is the place for you.
Battery Park Book Exchange – Another book nook, Battery Park Book Exchange is one of the more popular spots for a coffee and a book, so know that it might be harder to find your own private space to read, especially on the weekends, but there’s still plenty of room to browse. Their coffee is exceptional, and this winding bookstore is so chock full of new and used books that you’ll want to plan plenty of time to browse.
Best Outside Asheville Coffee Shop: The Dripolator in Black Mountain
If you’re looking to get out of town for a bit, the Dripolator is the place to be. Just a few minutes down the road in the beautiful, quaint town of Black Mountain, the Dripolator offers an extensive menu of unique coffee drinks, lattes, and more, plus a really comfy, cozy atmosphere. The shop is a bit small, so maybe not the best spot for working, but if you’re looking to grab a coffee and catch up with an old friend, the Dripolator should be at the top of your list of coffee shops to go.
Asheville is full of coffee shops, most of them great. While this is our list of favorites, know that there are tons more cafes in town that you’ll want to check out for yourself, to see where they fall in your own ranking! And if you fall in love with Asheville while you explore — know that High Hickory has properties and lots available for you. A sustainable mountain community outside Asheville, we’re just minutes away from downtown, situated in the peace and quiet of the forests, mountains, and meadows beyond the city. Check out our gallery here, or find out more about our available lots and properties online today!