The Asheville shopping scene is diverse, ranging from shopping malls with national chain stores to quaint downtowns throughout western North Carolina. Browsing interesting shops can be a very romantic way to spend an afternoon. Here are our favorite areas for shopping:
Downtown Asheville is a shopper's paradise. You could spend the entire day browsing many unique shops and galleries. Today the bustling area features 200+ locally owned stores, 30-some galleries featuring local and international art and craft, and a few antique shops. The Grove Arcade is a must stop. Most stores are open Monday-Saturday until 6 PM. Many are open at night and on Sundays. For a better look, go to our Downtown Photo Tour. For a list of galleries, go to our Gallery Guide.
Browse local shops for plenty of unique items in the quaint downtowns of our 25 Coolest NC Mountain Towns.
During the day, downtown Asheville bustles with shoppers browsing more than 200 spots, including dozens of galleries, antique shops, old-fashioned general store, local boutiques and a variety of funky shops. Each evening, enjoy street entertainers and great people watching. A creative way to explore is the Urban Trail, a self-guided walking tour of 30 sculptures. At night, enjoy plenty of live music.
Opened May 1, 2015! Shop 75 national and local outlets in this beautiful outdoor shopping village. See our special feature. It's located on I-26, just six miles from Biltmore and seven miles from downtown Asheville. It's pet friendly with many events and sales throughout the year.
Stroll through this beautiful historic "mall" in downtown Asheville with high quality specialty shops and local restaurants. See local art and craft at the outdoor market.
Meander tree-lined streets and explore 40 unique shops and relax at 10 cafes and restaurants. Most businesses are housed in historic cottages and buildings. Don't miss the fabulous New Morning Gallery.
More Downtown Asheville Shopping
Wall Street: From custom sandals to clothing from Ireland, you will find a cute avenue of trendy shops, galleries and restaurants. If walking, the best place to enter Wall Street is via Battery Park Avenue near the intersection of Haywood Street.
Antique Shopping: There are a dozen antique shops downtown, and most are on Lexington Avenue and Walnut Street, including Asheville Antiques Mall on Lexington . Don't miss Stuf Antiques at 52 Broadway. Captains Bookshelf has a wonderful collection of used and rare books, including first editions, at 31 Page Avenue across from the Grove Arcade. See more about Asheville Antique Shopping.
Woolworth Walk: Arts and crafts emporium with more than 150 exhibiting artists in 20,000 square feet of display and studio space. 25 Haywood Street.
Kress Emporium: Collection of excellece in art from luminous stained glass and hand-thrown ceramics to elegant paintings, evocative sculptures, extraordinary handcrafted jewelry, and much more from 80 distinguished regional artists and craftspeople. 19 Patton Avenue.
Tops: This mecca for shoe lovers sprawls through several buildings and can be entered from Lexington Avenue, College Street, or Rankin Avenue.
Mast General Store: One of our main "anchor" stores is this 1940s-style emporium with comfortable clothing, traditional housewares, old time barrel candy, and a great mountain outfitters section. 15 Biltmore Avenue.
New Morning Galley in Biltmore Village