The 9 BEST Coffee Shops in Asheville, NC

Asheville, North Carolina is a vibrant city that’s full of culture. Of course, that means there are lots of coffee shops around town. We know it can be hard to choose, so we wanted to do the guesswork for you and give you the insider knowledge on which ones are the best.

Here are the 9 Best Coffee Shops in Asheville (according to our local experts):

Summit Coffee Co.

1 Page Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

4 Foundy St #20, Asheville, NC 28801
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coffee inside of teal mug on top of white plate near cookie and muffin

Summit Coffee Co. is the premier coffee purveyor of the region and supplies the beans that many other cafes brew. The coffees here are of the highest quality, and Summit Coffee Co. is known for its ethical sourcing through Fair Trade and direct trade relationships.

Rating: 4.5 stars

You’ll also find bags that are Certified Organic, Rain Forest Alliance approved or bear similar credentials. Order a beverage to enjoy here — it’ll be beautifully prepared and presented — and get a bag of beans to take home.

High Five Coffee

13 Rankin Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

190 Broadway St Unit 102
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High Five Coffee features Counter Culture Coffee, which isn’t local but is as good as Summit Coffee Co.’s roasts, and Counter Culture’s roasts are brewed to perfection here. Whether you’re getting a latte, pour-over or something else, it’ll be expertly brewed and perfectly presented.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Get something traditional, or try the Barista’s Choice — it showcases a single-origin bean with some truly creative ingredients. A recent choice paired Burundi espresso with blueberry and ginger.

Rite Rite (Formerly Trade and Lore Coffee)

37 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801
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Rite Rite (Formerly Trade and Lore Coffee) has all the marks of a third-wave coffee shop — namely great lattes and eclectic decor — but it started as much more than merely a place to get your caffeine fix. The motivation behind this cafe is very much tied to a desire to see social justice improve.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Although the coffee shop itself doesn’t actively get involved in issues, it welcomes many community organizations and regularly partners with them. The food here is limited, but there’s no shortage of love for both coffee and people.

Pennycup Coffee Co.

362 Depot St, Asheville, NC 28801

39 S Market St

857 Merrimon Ave
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brick exterior of coffee shop in asheville with penny cup coffee sign outside

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Another local coffee roaster, Pennycup is conveniently located in downtown. The cafe features freshly roasted beans that vary depending on availability, and there are several excellent food options that complement the beverages these beans are used in.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Don’t plan on staying for long as seating is limited, but stop by when you’re in the area and treat yourself to a great cup of coffee. Like Summit Coffee Co., Pennycup Coffee Co. is also strongly committed to sustainable sourcing practices.

Liberty House Coffee and Cafe

221 S Liberty St, Asheville, NC 28801
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one plate with pancakes and syrup, another with eggs and salad, and then a coffee cup with a coffee design on top

While Liberty House Coffee and Cafe has good brewed coffee and espresso drinks, it’s the foods that keep tourists and locals alike coming here for light meals. The cafe offers lots of healthy options, such as salads and sandwiches, and ingredients come from local and regional suppliers whenever possible. Some ingredients are even from the cafe’s garden.

Rating: 5.0 stars

Seating here is plentiful on a sunny day, as the cafe is a repurposed house in a residential neighborhood. Come here for a light bite, and enjoy some of Asheville’s finest and freshest flavors.

Odd’s Cafe

800 Haywood Rd Suite A-110, Asheville, NC 28806
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Odd’s Cafe also has a distinctly local emphasis, with many of their menu items coming from suppliers in the Carolinas. There’s Summit Coffee Co. coffee brewed, and don’t miss the pastries that come from a few bakeries in the area.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Most of the artwork on the walls is from local artists and for sale. It changes monthly. The street parking can make getting in challenging during peak hours, but you’ll be well-rewarded for the effort.

Owl Bakery

295 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
197 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801
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croissant next to sugar muffin on white plate next to to-go coffee cup with coffee inside

Owl Bakery has coffee, but you’d be remiss if you left without having a baked good and taking a loaf of bread home. The Old-World European pastries include croissants, financiers, cardamom buns, shortbreads and more. All of the breads are naturally leavened.

Rating: 4.5 stars

If you’d like something a little more substantial, you can also get a sandwich on the fresh-baked bread. Throughout the menu, you’ll find a strong French influence paired with lots of local ingredients.

Izzy’s Coffee Den

74 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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coffee in black mug on black plate next to dark brown bread loaf with fork on white floral plate

Izzy’s Coffee Den doesn’t limit itself to just coffee. Coffee, tea, beer and wine are all served in this funky space. Strings of lights overhead and eccentric artwork on the wall create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, so take some time to walk around and admire the place after you order a drink.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Food prices are a bit expensive for pastries, but that’s because everything’s made in-house from scratch. The baked goods are worth paying a premium for.

Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe

55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
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interior of bookshop and cafe with chairs and dining areas and books on tabletops

For the bibliophile, Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe combines a love of books with a love of coffee. Order an espresso beverage and meander throughout the store. You’ll find signed books, unique titles and local souvenirs, and sometimes there’s even a local author giving a talk.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Get a baked good to go when you’re ready to leave — just don’t use your cell phone in line or you’ll be in for a scolding. The signs warn you in case you forget.

Each of these coffee shops is truly great, but they each offer something totally unique to them. Visit as many as you’re able to while in town, and experience the many different aspects of the city’s culture that make this such a great place to live and visit.