#17 of 109 Asheville Restaurants

Double D’s Coffee & Desserts

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Double Decker Coffee House — Unique & Fun Coffee Shop In A Red Double Decker Bus
Written by: David Angotti
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Double Decker Coffee House is an eye-catching cafe and unique coffee shop located inside a stationary double decker tour bus. Choose from iced or hot coffee beverages and enjoy people-watching from the top of the bus. This popular bus coffee shop serves local and organic products.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

The main draw for the Double Decker Coffee House is the bus itself. Here you have a typical Londoner’s Double Decker parked along Biltmore and Aston. It is the last thing you would expect, but the pleasantries do not end there. This double decker bus serves an extra treat. You can order up your favorite mochas or tea, and they also serve hot chocolate and Italian sodas.

Climb on up to the bus and find yourself transported into a coffee shop that would feel right at home in some London alley. The bus itself has not been moving since it was opened in 1999, but the coffee will have you buzzing. Here you will find all of the classic espresso beverages along with iced frappes and kid-friendly drinks typical of cafes. Coffee is locally roasted and organic, as are the teas.

The drinks are coupled with home-baked desserts including cookies and brownies. Pick up a couple for the rest of your day’s adventures or have a sit-down warm cookie sundae. The menu is short and sweet, quite literally.

That is the type of experience you can take away from here. It is the perfect setting for grabbing a quick bite and cup of strong coffee before continuing your day of shopping or sightseeing in Asheville. There is also patio seating next to the double decker bus, which has limited seating inside in booths.

When you climb aboard the Double Decker Coffee House, make sure to order a beverage and a home-baked dessert. Here are some highly recommended menu options:

The Double Decker Coffee House serves several frappes that they make in-house without any pre-mix. You choose your flavor, and they add two shots of espresso, half and half, ice, and top it with whipped cream. This real deal frappe will hit the spot as you sit on the double decker bus, second level, and do some serious people watching.

Seasonal Lattes
The seasonal lattes are to die for. Peppermint mocha for the holidays, honey lavender latte for the spring…the flavors vary throughout the year. However, these seasonal lattes are a crowd favorite. You can choose from an iced or hot latte.

Fruit Smoothies
A hidden secret at the Double Decker Coffee House is their delicious and fresh smoothies! These fresh fruit smoothies include a wide variety of produce that is sure to please the smoothie lover in your group. Choose from popular beverages including Sunny Day with five different fruits or the Mango Blast that is solely mango and mango nectar. It is an easy way to fit some tasty fruits into your traveling diet and a great option for those avoiding caffeine.

Chai Milk Shake
When you are on vacation in Asheville, the last thing you want to worry about is your waistline. You are on vacation, after all, so indulge in the chai milkshake. Double Decker Coffee House uses premium vanilla ice cream with chai tea to create a dreamy concoction. You can even ramp up your shake with a couple of shots of espresso for the mocha milkshake.

Home Baked Goods
The menu features several different types of desserts including ice cream sundaes, cookies, and brownies—all locally made. Go all in with the warm brownie sundae or the alternative, the warm cookie sundae. Freshly baked desserts are the perfect addition to any hot cup of coffee on a lazy Saturday afternoon in downtown Asheville.

Insider’s Tips:
-This is a cash-only coffee shop so bring your bills.
-Find a place to sit on top of the deck of the bus for the best scenery.
-The coffee shop is also referred to as Double D’s.
-Make sure to check in on the bus driver and his dog.
-Go in the evenings to see the beautifully lit patio with lights that add to the atmosphere.