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Asheville Restaurants

Coffee Shops and Breakfast in Asheville

Beyond the mountain views, the music, the vibrant arts culture and the scenic beauty, one of the primary attractions to the Asheville area is the culinary experience.  Despite it’s small size there are many Asheville restaurants to choose from. If you are looking for somewhere to go for brunch, coffee or breakfast in Asheville NC there are more options than you can imagine.

The Asheville Restaurant Scene


Asheville is home to a colorful dining scene, boasting 250 independent restaurants, many of which serve local food and international cuisine. Brunch menus serve fresh, free-range eggs from chickens raised just miles away at the Early Girl Eatery, lunch from our own Mellow Mushroom or Mexican at Urban Burrito or Neo Cantina, savory dinners from Italian, Indian, and French restaurants. Each year, new Asheville restaurants open that serve cuisine from all over the world and that attract national attention. For people interested in experiencing international food, or for those looking for a juicy burger from a naturally raised beef (coupled with a beer from one of our micro-breweries, of course!)  Asheville's food scene proves to be both eclectic and satisfying.

The Art of Coffee in Asheville NC

I've traveled all over the United States, and find nothing beats an Asheville style breakfast. There are a variety of coffee, breakfast, and brunch restaurants to chose from that can satisfy those early morning hunger pangs.  First off, getting coffee in Asheville. If you're like me, is at the top of your list when you roll out of bed in the morning. Head over to World Coffee in Asheville.  Asheville’s World Coffee is an eclectic bohemian coffee house which is open late.  Try their amazing flavored lattes and Cappuccinos, sandwiches for anytime and tasty pastries, plus the coffee to really perk up your day!

Izzy's Coffee Den has a more raw, straight-up, caffeinated feel. Between their two locations on Lexington Avenue and Haywood Road in West Asheville, there's plenty of opportunity to get the jolt you need, while munching on a bagel with cream cheese or a pastry. Try their amazing flavored lattes and Cappuccinos. The Dripolater located just down the street also serves gourmet coffee drinks in a brightly lit cafe area. Calling themselves "The ambassadors of the bean", they proudly serve Counter Culture Coffee, along with simple and delicious breakfast and lunch foods.  

Excellent Restaurants for Breakfast in Asheville NC

Your choices for breakfast in downtown Asheville area plentiful and varied. Tupelo Honey Cafe in the heart of downtown Asheville incorporates a splendid variety of signature Asheville breakfast items that make the decision process extremely difficult!  From sweet potato pancakes to shrimp and grits to peach butter, you will leave this Asheville restaurant happy and satisfied. Jackson’s Underground Café also downtown serves more than breakfast, but is perfect especially for on the go eats.  Great egg sandwiches and unique French Toast Panini with bacon are favorites with Asheville NC locals.

West Asheville Restaurants and Coffee Shops Offering Early Eats


Getting out of downtown Asheville also has its perks. The River Arts District and West Asheville have a couple sweet breakfast and coffee places that always hit the spot. As far as Asheville bakeries go, The West End Bakery serves up fresh bread baked daily, made from organic flours, and 100% whole grains. I usually have to go for the Cinnamon Roll, which is enough to split with a friend.  Sunny Point in West Asheville serves the best huevos rancheros and a breakfast sandwich that makes your eyes widen to the size of dinner plates.

Whatever you need to start your morning with — a hot cup of coffee and a pastry, a full on breakfast of local eggs, meat, and made-from-scratch biscuits, a fresh loaf of bread — Asheville has just the right thing to get your day started.