The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist


Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Malaprop's Bookstore, Asheville NC


Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe

Asheville Coffee Roasters (North Asheville): Asheville Coffee Roasters features fresh daily roasted coffee to order available for home or businesses. 85 Weaverville Highway, Asheville NC 28804, 828-253-5282. Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar: Full coffee bar in a unique setting of rare, new and fine books. Known also as a great wine and Champagne lounge. 1 Battle Square, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-0020.

Bean Werks Coffee & Tea  (West Asheville): A favorite West Asheville meeting place offering coffee drinks, freshly brewed tea and freshly roasted and ground coffees. 53 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806, 828--254-7766. Mon–Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Round Earth Roasters (Biltmore Village): Quick & easy drive-thru. In-house fresh roasted coffee. Homemade quiche, fresh baked cookies, cakes, pies muffins & bagels. 518 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC  28802,  828-277-9227. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. -5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

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City Bakery Café (Downtown) Family-owned and operated bakery offering European-style organic breads and fresh pastries, all handmade, along with organic coffee, sandwiches, pizza and salads. Two downtown locations: 88 Charlotte Street  (828-254-4289) & 60 Biltmore Avenue (828-252-4426)Asheville NC 28801, Charlotte Street hours: Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Biltmore Avenue hours: Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dobra Tea: (Downtown) An absolutely unique coffeehouse. Cheaper than taking a trip to China, Nepal, India and Japan. Traditional and authentic teas from around the world. A tearoom, light-fare restaurant and loose-leaf teashop (100+ varieties) all rolled into one. 78 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC 28801; 828-575-2424. Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Dunkin Donuts:  (North Asheville): Nearest Dunkin Donuts shop to downtown is located at 411 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804, 828-251-8224. Other locations around Asheville.

Filo (East Asheville): Outstanding selection of fresh breads, pastries (including chocolate cakes and classic Greek favorites) and hand-made chocolates, as well as a variety of coffees and teas. 1155 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-298-9777.

Firestorm Cafe & Books (Downtown):  Unique worker-owned cafe and bookstore, Firestorm offers delectable vegetarian cuisine, home made vegan baked goods, top notch espresso and a wide array of loose leaf and iced herbal teas.  48 Commerce Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-255-8115.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge: (Downtown) A sacred space for chocophiles. Hand-craft artisan chocolate truffles, salted honey caramels, beautiful pastries and classic cakes, featuring superb local and organic ingredients. Not to be missed! 10 South Pack Square, Asheville NC 28801; 828-252-4181. Monday -Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday—Saturday 11 a.m.-12 midnight; Sunday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

Green Sage Coffeehouse & Cafe (Downtown): A world-class  coffeehouse & cafe offering fair-trade organic coffee, natural and organic food, and operated sustainably as a model ecologically-driven business. The Green Sage is one of Asheville's premier coffeehouses, conveniently located downtown. 5 Broadway Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-4450.Other Asheville locations at 633 Merrimon Ave., 1800 Hendersonville Rd. and 70 Westgate Pky.  Coffeehouse: Monday through Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

High Five Coffee: (Downtown) Compact coffee bar specializing in thoughtfully sourced & artfully prepared coffee & light bites. (3 locations in Asheville). 190 Broadway Street, Asheville NC 28801; 828-398-0209

Izzy's Coffee Den  (Downtown): Izzy's serves Counter Culture Coffee and great treats made by local bakeries. Light breakfast and lunch menu, and live music most evenings. Two locations: 74 N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-258-2004; and 373 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806, 828-713-3885.  Monday thru Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9. p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10. p.m., Saturday 9. a.m. to 10. p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Karen Donatelli Bakery & Cafe: (Downtown)  Wonderful bakery and café downtown Asheville featuring a daily bakery case with croissants, brioche cakes, and pastries made from the finest ingredients. 57 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801; 828-225-5751.

Liberty House Coffee & Cafe: (Downtown)  Coffeehouse located in 1920's cottage in historic downtown residential neighborhood. 221 S Liberty St, Asheville, NC 28801; 828-412-3225

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe (Downtown) A booklover's paradise, famous locally as well as nationally! An Asheville Institution since 1982. Great books, great food, great coffee. Author readings and community events nearly every night throughout the year. Malaprop's offers a wide variety of coffees and teas as well as baked goods and bagels from local baker-ies. 55 Haywood St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-6734. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Mosaic Cafe and Coffeehouse (Nearby Enka, west side of Asheville): Sandwiches, soups, deserts, espresso, coffees and teas. 1390 Sand Hill Road, Enka NC 28715 828-670-8833.

Old Europe (Downtown): Coffeehouse with an European flair. Small but elegant. and located right off of Pack Square. 13 Broadway, Asheville NC 28801; 828-255-5999

Starbucks Numerous locations in Asheville: Location most  convenient to downtown is at 62 Charlotte St., Asheville NC 28801, 828- 225-3753.

Trade and Lore: (Downtown) Chill cafe & community event space serving locally roasted coffee & light bites from area purveyors. 37 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801; 828- 424-7291


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