Best Places To Eat & Shop in Asheville NC | Asheville Guide

My Asheville City Guide

Asheville, NC is a favorite city of mine to visit every year. Eight years ago, Barnett and I ventured up to Asheville for a music festival.  We loved the music festival, but we really fell in love with the city! It’s a gorgeous mountain town, but with so much personality and so much to do.  As a vegetarian I personally loved the plentiful veggie options at the restaurants.  And Barnett as a huge music love loved all of the live music, record shops, and the Moog Factory (where they make his favorite keyboards & synthesizers).  We try to go back in the fall every year as it’s just a gorgeous time of year to be up there with the fall foliage and crisp weather, not to mention we love seeing The Biltmore (America’s largest home) decorated for the holidays.  We have enjoyed exploring the different neighborhoods as each area has its own hidden gems.

Below are some of our favorites, but of course every time we go, we love trying new spots as the food scene in Asheville is amazing!

Places to Eat:

  1. Laughing Seed Cafe: My favorite vegetarian restaurant of all time!  Even Barnett loves it, and we both find it very flavorful and delicious!  They have a fabulous brunch on the weekends too.  It’s right in the heart of downtown so it’s a great spot to visit before exploring downtown Asheville.

Outside of Laughing Seed. We love exploring downtown Asheville, of course in comfy, chic attire!

2. Rhubarb:  Also located in the heart of downtown, this cozy restaurant is a must for food lovers.  The chef has worked at Blackberry Farm and another favorite of ours, Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers, North Carolina.  Come hungry as you’ll want to try everything!

We love the rustic, modern aesthetic at Rhubarb.

3. Curate: Katie Button, the chef of Curate, has been nominated for countless James Beard Awards and when you visit her restaurant you’ll understand why.  It’s a great spot for trying out some new food options tapa style!

4. French Broad Chocolate: My obsession for chocolate makes this famous chocolate shop and restaurant a must every time we visit Asheville.  We often just pop into the shop, as opposed to the restaurant, for a quick chocolate fix.  They have ice cream, chocolate bars, truffles and more that you’ll want to take home with you!

Photo | Romantic Asheville

5. Sunny Point Cafe:  Barnett & I love brunch, and this spot is worth the wait.  It’s located in the adorable West Asheville area so while you wait for a table you can explore some of the local shops.  It’s comfort food at it’s finest, and they had lots of vegetarian options too.

6. The Dining Room at The Biltmore:  If you are looking for a true elegant fine dining experience look no further than The Dining Room at The Inn at Biltmore.  It’s exquisite from the service to the quality of the food to the wine to the mountain views.  It’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.

Photo | Citizen Times

Places to See & Shop:

1.The Biltmore House:‐estate/biltmore‐house/

There’s a Christmas tree in every room in the Biltmore around the holidays!

2. Grove Park Inn Spa

3. Haywood Street in West Asheville

4. Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe

Photo | Malaprops Instagram

5. Moog Factory Tour

6. LOTS of Breweries: Hi WireWedgeBurial, ArchetypeCatawba, and Green Man

Places to Stay:

1.Grove Park Inn


I so enjoyed the view at Grove Park Inn & the hot chocolate from the Great Gingerbread house there (during our latest visit)!

2. The Inn at Biltmore

3. Kimpton Hotel in Downtown

4. The Grand Bohemian Hotel

I can’t wait for you to explore Asheville as I know it will quickly become your new favorite city!

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