Asheville Coffee and Community – 24 Shops

asheville coffee community

The coffee culture in Asheville is definitely brewing and growing. Craft coffee is a lot like craft beer, it is made and handled with care. There are some spots that specialize on the light side with coffee, cookies, and pastries. Then there are restaurants and grocery stores in the community which feature local, organic coffee and beans. We started with 24, dropped a couple, then added more as you can see. We kept the title at 24 to remind us of the original post.

A lot happens around a cup of coffee. Think about it for a minute. People meet people, relationships are built, business is made, people are hired, fired, promoted, proposed to, broken up with, divorced, hear bad news,.. or told some of the greatest news they ever heard in their life! As you pass by the many tables, you will see folks reading, talking, working, laughing, and… sometimes even crying. Life happens in a coffee shop. Some are enjoying their time alone, and some are not. Others are holding hands happily in love, while others are trying to make love work again. So many lives and stories; and all over a simple cup of coffee.

I’m not going to lie, the vanilla latte shown in this photo was the worst I’ve ever had here. I didn’t realize it until halfway through my meeting, and then remembered that the lady had warned me… something wasn’t working right, either her or the machine, I was too “plugged in” to hear exactly. Either way, her hospitality made up for it, and I was too busy to order another. They would have quickly replaced it had I asked. And this place is like great all of the time, whether it is the food, drinks or baked goods; so one “bad latte” isn’t going to ruin my day.

But coffee initiates community, and business; and many times it then fades into the background. Coffee is a neutralizer that leads to bigger and better things in so many lives every single day. Where would we be without coffee? Not far.

Asheville Coffee Shops

In the Asheville area and looking for some great places to have a cup of coffee? We are going to list a few below, but if we forgot anyone, or if you have a recommendation; please comment and share it with us. If we get a minute, we may even add them to the list and link to their website too. We purposely left a couple out because they have coffee, but they just don’t have that coffee shop feel. This blog post has received over 10,000 views already, with many more to come! So if you have any specific comments you want to make below, please do, as we will be sending this post out periodically in the next few days, weeks, and even months; so your comments do matter to us and our readers.

Downtown Asheville

  1. Karen Donatelli
  2. Double D’s Coffee (The Double Decker Bus)
  3. The Coffee Pedlar (Must try)
  4. Green Sage
  5. Old Europe
  6. World Coffee
  7. Izzy’s
  8. Hi Five
  9. Battery Park Book Exchange
  10. Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe
  11. Vortex Doughnuts
  12. Bomba
  13. Sovereign Remedies

North Asheville

  1. Edna’s
  2. Tod’s Tasties (Montford, 1 minute from downtown)
  3. Hi Five (Broadway, 1 minute from downtown)
  4. Greenlife (Merrimon, 1 minute from downtown)

South Asheville

  1. Beehive Coffee Bar (Hidden Gem)
  2. Green Sage
  3. Mosaic Cafe
  4. Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar
  5. Also See Biltmore Village (Short South Asheville) Below

East Asheville

  1. Filo
  2. Mobile Mo-Joe

West Asheville

  1. Odd’s Cafe
  2. Firestorm Cafe
  3. Green Sage
  4. West End Bakery
  5. Battle Cat
  6. Earthfare
  7. Bean Werks

Biltmore Village

  1. Biltmore Coffee Traders
  2. Well Bred Bakery

River Arts District

  1. Clingman Cafe
  2. PennyCup Coffee Co.
  3. Yuzu Patisserie

23 Recent Asheville Videos For You To Watch!

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Asheville videos tell a lot. There is just something about watching a screen that is moving and communicating to you, with little effort on the watcher’s part. YouTube was the undisputed champion when it came to video social media years ago, Vimeo was trailing after, and then there were many other videos sites that have come and gone. Now, Facebook seems to be joining the online video battle with a focus on this form of media. And why not? They already have the audiences in place (including you and me) so all that is left is to offer us something good to see. With that said, here are some Asheville videos that you could watch and experience a little bit of our sweet city!

  1. Rise N Shine Cafe in North Asheville.
  2. Biscuit Head in Asheville NC.
  3. The Hop Ice Creamery.
  4. Asheville Wedding Story.
  5. Asheville Vaping vs Smoking.
  6. North Asheville Yoga at Veda Studios.
  7. Asheville Personal Training at Plank.
  8. Hash House Harriers.
  9. Asheville Mardi Gras – Meet The King & Queen.
  10. Eating Asheville.
  11. West Village Market & Deli.
  12. The Amazing Pubcycle.
  13. Vortex Doughnuts.
  14. Asheville Hip Hop Dance Class.
  15. Asheville Mardi Gras – Second Line Band
  16. Hole Doughnuts.
  17. West Asheville Best Asheville.
  18. Asheville Culinary Program at AB Tech.
  19. Nine Mile Restaurant.
  20. Gan Shan Station.
  21. El Kimchi Food Truck.
  22. Chocolate Gems.
  23. Geraldine’s Bakery.

These Asheville Videos are complements of the G Social Media team.

Asheville Mardi Gras 2015 – Meet The King & Queen!

The Asheville Mardi Gras Parade started at 1:00 with folks lining up on Wall Street in Downtown Asheville. Then at around 3:20, the parade kicked off and everyone was celebrating. G Social Media stopped by and took several GoPro videos of this event.

  1. Watch Asheville Second Line
  2. Watch Zabumba
  3. Watch The King & Queen

The Eastside of West Asheville

b and b pharmacy west asheville

Asheville has many cultures and personalities. In other words, Biltmore Village folk do not act like River Arts District people. And folks from north Asheville do not act like folks from south Asheville. You can enter the suburb communities in any direction from downtown, and visit a different vibe and theme somewhat. On the eastside of west Asheville, another sub-community is getting established on their own. B&B Pharmacy welcomes as you enter. If you know the area, I-240 separates east west Asheville from west west Asheville. In addition to the walkability factor, this area has a lot to offer. I recently took a walk on this part of Haywood Rd with my daughter.

west asheville highway

The West Asheville highway intersection.

mardis building west asheville

The Mardis Building is home to King Daddy’s Chicken & Waffles, Second Gear, and Rhetorical Factory.

king daddy's west asheville

Love me some King Daddy’s!

haywood road west asheville

You can walk to several great shops in the area. The Rhetorical Factory features recycled clothing, and Second Gear sells outdoor gear for hiking, rafting, running, sports and more. Then you have Asheville BookWorks inside the Universal Motors Building, along with more shopping spots.

whist west asheville

We stopped by Whist and found some great items including this “I Love Asheville” cup, and a book on human anatomy that is a must for mankind.

the circle and flora west asheville

The Circle offers glass, fashion and art. Flora is flower design studio and florist.

west asheville haywood rd

From custom glass and repair shops, to custom screenprinting at Image 420, and you can even get a tattoo at Hot Stuff! Of course there is the vintage Gas-Up store on this corner. Lots of development planned for this end of the community, which then connects to Asheville’s Sweet Slope featuring Short Street Cakes, Hole Doughnuts and The Hop Ice Creamery; before heading down to Clingman Ave and the River Arts District.

west asheville restaurants

The Admiral serves delicious cuisine spot that everyone loves. Walk is also a great place to grab lunch and dinner. Battle Cat Coffeehouse is a funky and hipstery coffee shop on Haywood Rd. Tip: park your Benz a few blocks away and walk here.

harvest records west asheville

Harvest Records on the eastside of west Asheville is music heaven!

west asheville bike riding

Haywood Road is also bikable. And Carrier Park is right down the street!

west asheville graffiti

Art, graffiti and creativity line the streets. When coming over to west Asheville, talk a walk on the eastside!

Before I Die


asheville before I die

Asheville has been recently blessed with the “Before I Die” wall downtown, right across from Barley’s Pizza and right next to Doc Cheys. When you think about the huge message behind this idea, it asks the question.. “what do you want to do while you still have the chance?” Is there someone you need to tell or show your love to? Is there someplace you want to go? Is there something you want to do? I remember sitting in a church pew in Greenville South Carolina years ago, and the Preacher spoke on “Don’t Let It Slip!” One of the points in his message was to “Make Memories While Your Still Can” and it will be embedded in my heart forever. We make memories in the moment. In the social media world, every time I take a photo, I am capturing a space in time that will most likely never be reproduced or replayed. We do not have forever, but while we still have time on our hands, it would mean the world to your own self if you declared some “bucket list” milestones and aspirations. Write them down too, because if you do not, there is a chance that they will be forgotten or overrun with the hustle and bustle of right now. Here are a few questions that maybe you can answer:

  1. Where would you like to travel? Have you ever seen a photo or video, or maybe a TV show about somewhere amazing that you would like to visit? Put it down, find out travel costs, and put it on your list!
  2. What can you do to help humanity at large? This could be something on a worldwide level, or it could be a simple act of care in your local community. Maybe it is feeding the homeless around your neighborhood. Maybe it is building agricultural systems in third-world countries. What about teaching that great skill you have to others in the community? Maybe it is using your lip service and purpose what you say to encourage and build people up mentally and emotionally. There is so much that each one of us can do to make a difference. Now all we have to do is make a decision to do it.
  3. Where would you like to live? Making a move can change your whole perspective of and in life. Sometime where you grew up or lived for most of your life is a wonderful place and you could not imagine being happier anywhere else. Other times, you just know you need to get away and start all over in a new land of opportunity.
  4. Who would you like to meet? This question could be friendship or romantically based, or both. Have you ever felt robbed when meet some great people and then ask “where have they been all of my life?” And there are so many more people out there that deserve to meet you and be a part of your life as well. There are folks all around the world, who can somewhat complete us, fill in a gap, and change your life for the better and forever. Or maybe just for a reason or a season. Who knows? But listing the types of people we want to come in contact with, and then actively pursuing it, will grant you with many more opportunities.
  5. What would you like to do? Maybe you want to ride a Hot Air Balloon, or experience a Cruise, or go Scuba Diving, or drive an Exotic Car, or Buy a Home, or Build a Business, or Change The World. Whatever it is, add it to the list and start the journey to making it happen!