It’s not always about the beer scenes and breweries. Asheville, NC is also a group of coffee lovers and enthusiasts, mastering the techniques of latte art and cozy interiors for it’s creative dwellers. You may have remembered our first list of our favorite coffee shops in Asheville. A year later, we’ve explored to the ends of the town and the outskirts to give you a few more favorites to spend your free time at. These selections all have great environments to get your work done while staying cozy and get a bite to eat. Let us know your favorites on this list or ones that we left out from both lists in the comments below!
Pennycup Coffee North AVL
Website | 39 S. Market St. Asheville, NC | M-F 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. S/S 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This quiet oasis is one of the best kept secrets of Asheville. Located inside the YMI, the pride & community center of Black locals, the shop features a mural dedicated to black musicians and framed photographs from historic black Asheville. There are well-lit window seats and cozy, darker seating in the back for introverts, and bar-like seats near the barista. I love this spot because not only does it highlight the beauties of the quiet black culture of the city, but it also serves up homemade baked goods & delicious lunch bagels. The music is ambient, and it’s usually only filled with folks Learn about the YMI while you pull up a seat here.
Liberty House Cafe
Website | 22 S. Liberty St. Asheville, NC | Mon-Sat 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The atmosphere of this little cozy house is one of the best around. Perfect for solo dates to get work done & chatting with a few friends over lunch, Liberty House Cafe is the perfect middleground of classy lunch and homey coffee shop. The prices are on the high side, but you know you’re getting quality dishes crafted with goodness in mind. Everyone’s super friendly and the light that shines through the spot is gorgeous. Get here early! It closes at 4, which feels like no time at all.
Website | 800 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC | 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
This is one of West AVL’s staple spots. The windows are huge, letting in great light and a beautiful breeze on a warm day. The baked goods fill the place with a good smell, and the space is big enough to meet up with big groups. It does get packed quickly, though, so beware. The specials are yummy, there’s art on the walls, and it’s a great place to go if you wanna experience some authentic Asheville lifestyles.
Website | 10 S. Main St. Weaverville, NC | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Take a drive a little further down Merrimon Avenue to get to this premiere cute and quaint coffeeshop in Weaverville, NC. It’s worth the drive to get into a new atmosphere for a while, and the coffeehouse is lovely. The barista was by far the coolest one we’ve met yet – a sweet man who mused with us about the beauty of life. The blueberry mocha iced latte I got was delicious and rich, and the quiet spot was dimly lit and lovely. Hang out here for a change of pace and to get your homework done ahead of time.
Clingman Cafe/Ultra Coffee
Website | 242 Clingman Ave. Asheville, NC | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
I adore the minimal interior of this neighborhood coffeeshop and cafe, along with their eclectic menu and speedy service! Everytime I go in here, something good happens to me, be it a creative idea or good news. No lie. The young staff are a pleasure to talk to and the spot is surrounded by awesome art galleries.
Trade & Lore Coffee
Website | 37 Wall St. Asheville, NC | 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
This place is hipster heaven. The flavors are completely unique, and the menu is simplified down to ounces instead of drink titles. I love the decorations of this lowkey spot, with wall hangings and displays as well as beautiful exposed brick. The bagels are to die for here! If you’re all about pretty atmospheres, try this place out for size as your new everyday spot.
Website | 102 Montford Ave. Asheville, NC | 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
I love this spot for the neighborhood quality and fast, delicious southern menu. Sitting on a corner in the heart of historic Montford neighborhood, this little gem serves up coffee drinks and rich, delectable lunches and breakfasts all day. The outdoor seating is pleasant as well, but the road is busy. Hang out here for more casual work to do, but especially to get a bite to eat.
They’re super far out from Asheville, but if you ever are in the Arden or Hendersonville area, check out these lovely LIBY-approved spots.
1854 Brevard Rd, Arden, NC
1 Town Sq Boulevard #150, Asheville, NC
318 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC