Collected by Andrea Harris-Long
Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC, USA
There's so much good live music in Asheville that the bars can't contain it - I've never been somewhere with such a high quality of street busking (even better than its homophonous sister town, Nashville). Most nights of the week and certainly on...
757 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
The cinnamon buns are legendary, made with the same local organic flour the bakery uses in its pizza dough. The breads, such as spinach-feta and flax-almond, change daily, with vegan and gluten-free varieties on offer. Grilled cheese sandwiches...
13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Felix Meana and Katie Button, veterans of elBulli in Spain, converted Asheville’s former downtown bus depot into a stylish tapas bar. Curate means to cure oneself, which diners can do with traditional Spanish dishes such as Catalan sausage...
12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
On a recent visit to Asheville, North Carolina, I was anxious to try some of the great restaurants I'd heard about. In the end though, my husband and I found ourselves gravitating back to the same restaurant over and over again - breakfast, lunch,...
55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Malaprop's bookstore is an independent bookstore for gifts, books (including banned books), and a cafe in one. Check out their calendar as Malaprop's plays host to many authors. A trip to Asheville isn't complete without a visit to Malaprops.
Five Points, Asheville, NC, USA
If you want to understand Asheville, toss aside the guidebooks, ignore the tourist hotspots, and instead wander through any of the city's hidden little alleyways. There, in bright splashes of spray and adaptive reuses of old furniture and musical...
6 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Asheville is a city known for its creative energy. A great area to explore the local art scene is the River Arts District (known as RAD). In the past few years, hundreds of artists have set up shop in the renovated industrial warehouse galleries...
36 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
The Chocolate Fetish is a must stop in Asheville. Owners make both American and European-style truffles and scrumptious milk chocolate sea salt caramels. Everything is created in-store by hand. In Winter, try their hot drinking chocolate.
1 Page Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Visit Grove Arcade and step back to a different time. Originally built as part of a larger building that never came to pass, Grove Arcade offers unique gifts made in the mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern TN. The arcade is a mix of...
13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Rock a few plates of tapas and don't forget to pull back an Eclipse de Luna - a moonshine-based cocktail - and a few slices of jamon iberico. They are unlikely pairs, but so worth one of the top dining adventures in Asheville, NC.
41 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
In the mountains of North Carolina, you can sip good coffee and munch on great dessert while sitting in a double decker bus, Brit-style. Ok, well, the bus isn't exactly moving, but that's beside the point. Pop in and see for yourself why the whole...
630 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
While authentic Mexican it is not, the Lucky Otter certainly comes close in deliciousness. This West Asheville joint makes their offbeat burritos in house with all fresh ingredients, which pair well with their craft beer drafts and PBR tall boys....
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803, USA
Named after the Scottish Highlands and the similar landscape of the North Carolina Highlands, Highland Brewing Company is one of Asheville's most well-known craft breweries. Set in the mountains outside of town, visitors can tour the brewery and...
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