#40 of 92 Asheville Restaurants

World Coffee Cafe

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World Coffee Cafe — Boutique Coffee Shop w/ Organic Coffee Beverages & Desserts
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Located in downtown Asheville, the World Coffee Cafe strives to provide a European coffee experience in a Southern city. The combination of strong coffee and local baked goods on the menu is a winning combination! Coffee aficionados and non-coffee drinkers alike are sure to appreciate the view of the surrounding mountains from the cafe building.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

The World Coffee Cafe, which is conveniently located on the ground floor of the Flat Iron Building, offers wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and Asheville. The progressive interior includes Roman pillars, the African statue at the gender-neutral restrooms, and tribal masks.

The menu features organic ingredients and locally baked pastries that are sure to please. Find your favorite classic espresso drinks along with a local selection, a cafe au lait. The coffee shop sells only Counter Culture Coffee, which is an organization dedicated to helping coffee vendors buy sustainable coffee beans.

Choose a breakfast, lunch, or dessert along with the caffeinated beverage using this list of faves as a jumping off point:

Breakfast Sandwich
Here you get a bunch of tasty options as you build your own breakfast sandwich. The sandwich comes served with local eggs along with your choice of Swiss or cheddar. You can get a bagel or a croissant, and add some bacon, ham, tomato, or spinach to the deal. All in all, it’s one of the most filling items on the menu and perfect for a busy morning.

Lox and Bagel Platter
World Coffee Cafe serves an impressive spread surrounding the star of the show, authentic New York-style Bruegger’s Bagels. This friendly feast includes some smoked salmon, cream cheese, and a garden assortment of greens, onion, tomato, and capers. Build your own lox and bagel with this brunch worthy platter. Ideal for serving more than one or a group who wants a light lunch.

Try the tiramisu in a hipster coffee house in downtown Asheville, North Carolina? Yes, and do it with a smile. They know how to make authentic tiramisu finished with a shot of espresso here at the World Coffee Cafe. And it’s delicious, the perfect accompaniment for the coffees here. Why tiramisu? The coffee shop is reflecting on the fact that they are situated in a building, the Flat Iron, that has an ultra European flair. The tiramisu definitely adds to the atmosphere.

Pecan Bar
You cannot go somewhere in the Southeast without sampling some pecan goodies. Here at the World Coffee Cafe, those goodies come in the form of a pecan bar. This bar is filled with flavors and textures of authentic Southern pecan pie. The pie is transformed into an easy to handle bar most common to the Midwest. It’s weird, but that’s Asheville. More importantly, it’s a super sweet and decadent treat that reminds you of all things Southern.

Cafe Au Lait
At the World Coffee Cafe, the drinks menu is basic and built on the classics. So instead of trying to find a peppermint concoction, stick with the classics. The cafe au lait is one of the first gourmet coffee drinks you see on the menu and it’s a great selection. This hard to find beverage is a French pressed cup of coffee and steamed milk. Choose from four different sizes and enjoy your caffeine the only way this drink comes – hot.

Insider’s Tips
-Walk up to the top floor of the building where World Coffee Cafe is located to discover the SkyBAR that offers one of the best views of the city. SkyBAR is owned and/or affiliated with World Coffee Cafe.