The Best Coffee Shops in Your Town, as Voted by Locals

The Best Coffee Shops in WNC, as Voted by Locals
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Every year, local alt-news weekly Mountain Xpress holds a massive online poll. Western North Carolina residents collectively take to their digital devices to vote on all their local faves, from fitness studios to pet kennels. While in no way scientific, and certainly not without controversy among those with strong local loyalties, the Best of WNC is a great place to start your search for a new dentist or tattoo artist. Or, if you’re feeling thirsty, it’s a great source for a great cup of coffee.

Our regional coffee shops make dazzling drinks all year round. But they get particularly creative in the fall, mixing their inspiration with top-quality ingredients, some of which are locally roasted. That makes them the perfect places to celebrate International Coffee Day, recognized in the U.S. on September 29 and internationally on October 1.

Ready for a fall beverage that you’re going to like a latte? If you’re new to the area, or if you’re just looking for something new, here are WNC’s top-voted coffee houses of the year.


Best Asheville Coffee Shops

1st: High Five Coffee

High Five makes handcrafted goodness from three Asheville locations every day. Beans are sourced and roasted by their partner, Counter Culture Coffee. They are then brewed attentively by High Five. Try a classically prepared espresso drink or one of their own creative concoctions prepared with house-made syrups.

190 Broadway, Asheville | (828) 398-0209

13 Rankin Avenue, Asheville | (828) 713-5291

2000 Riverside Drive, Asheville | (828) 785-8272

highfivecoffee.com

2nd: Izzy’s Coffee

74 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville | (828) 258-2004

976 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 258-2004

izzyscoffee.com

3rd: PennyCup Coffee Co.

362 Depot Street, Asheville

39 S Market Street, Asheville | (828) 505-3609

6 Beverly Road, Asheville | (828) 582-7980

857 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville | (828) 582-7980

pennycupcoffeeco.com


Best Asheville Coffee Roaster

1st: Bean Werks Coffee & Tea

Since 1996, Bean Werks has been making artisan coffee, one small batch at a time. They endeavor to use the most environmentally friendly, ecologically sourced beans available for retail and wholesale purchases. Find their coffee shop in the heart of West Asheville on Haywood Road and discover a brew that “werks” for you.

753 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 785-1430 | beanwerks.com

2nd: Dynamite Roasting Company

3198 US Hwy 70, Black Mountain | (828) 357-8555 | dynamiteroasting.com

3rd: PennyCup Coffee Co.

362 Depot Street, Asheville

39 S Market Street, Asheville | (828) 505-3609

6 Beverly Road, Asheville | (828) 582-7980

857 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville | (828) 582-7980

pennycupcoffeeco.com


Best Asheville Coffee/Tea House in which to Read a Book

1st: Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

Does anything pair better with a quality used book than a glass of champagne (or cup of coffee)? At Battery Park Books, you can peruse their thousands of available books while sipping your drink. Or stay after you made your purchase and read for awhile with your coffee and a decadent pastry. It’s no wonder this bookstore has been featured in national publications, including GQ and The New York Times.

Grove Arcade, 1 Page Avenue, Suite 101, Asheville | (828) 252-0020 | batteryparkbookexchange.com

2nd: Dobra Tea House

78 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville | (828) 575-2424

707 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 505-4307

dobrateanc.com

3rd: High Five Coffee

190 Broadway, Asheville | (828) 398-0209

13 Rankin Avenue, Asheville | (828) 713-5291

2000 Riverside Drive, Asheville | (828) 785-8272

highfivecoffee.com


Best Brevard Coffee & Sweets

1st: Quotations Coffee Cafe

Looking for exceptional coffee in a comfortable and cozy setting on Main Street? Quotations Coffee Cafe makes the perfect starting point for a day of hiking, biking, shopping, or your adventure of choice. Enjoy free wifi with your coffee, homemade pastry, or dessert. Come to work, study, pass the time, or simply enjoy the warm and welcoming environment.

147 E Main Street, Brevard | (828) 883-8966 | quotationscoffeecafe.com

2nd: Bracken Mountain Bakery

42 S Broad Street, Brevard | (828) 883-4034 | brackenmountainbakery.weebly.com

3rd: Blue Ridge Bakery

86 W Main Street, Brevard | (828) 883-8444 | blueridgebakery.com


Best Hendersonville & Flat Rock Coffee & Sweets

1st: Black Bear Coffee Co.

Black Bear Coffee Co. has been serving Main Street Hendersonville since 1993. Over the years, it has grown to include a breakfast and lunch menu, as well as specialty wines and beers. In 2019, new owners began their vision of renovating the space and adding a bakery kitchen. Swing by to enjoy excellent coffee on the best patio in town.

318 N Main Street, Hendersonville | (828) 692-6333 | blackbear.coffee

2nd: McFarlan Bakery

309 N Main Street, Hendersonville | (828) 693-4256 | mcfarlanbakery.com

3rd: Flat Rock Village Bakery

2710 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock | (828) 693-1313 | villagebakerync.com


Best Sylva & Cullowhee Coffee & Sweets

1st: City Lights Cafe

City Lights Cafe was created as a community gathering place and eatery in the heart of Downtown Sylva. Bean Werks serves as their local coffee partner, providing organic beans and espresso. Choose from daily coffee options, as well as an array of lattes, cappuccinos, and other frothy drinks. Come in and enjoy comfy indoor seating and an outdoor patio.

3 E Jackson Street, Sylva | (828) 587-CAFE (2233) | citylightscafe.com

2nd: White Moon Cafe

545 Mill Street, Sylva | (828) 331-0111 | whitemoonsylva.com


Best Waynesville Coffee & Sweets

1st: Panacea Coffee Co.

Since 2002, Panacea Coffee Co. has been a full-service espresso bar and coffee roastery that serves a wide variety of coffee and tea beverages. For late risers, breakfast is available all day. Choose a lox and bagel plate, quiche, fresh fruit and yogurt, or crunchy granola with steamed milk. Find your panacea and find a meeting place, a celebrating place, and a sharing place.

66 Commerce Street, Waynesville | (828) 452-6200 | panaceacoffee.com

2nd: Kandi’s Cakes and Bake Shop

200 S Main Street, Waynesville | (828) 246-0180 | kandiscakesandbakeshop.com

3rd: Smoky Mountain Roasters

444 Hazelwood Avenue, Waynesville | (828) 452-1212 | facebook.com/SmokyMountainRoasters


What do you think is the best coffee shop in WNC? Share it with us in the comments!

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