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. Where to shop? Here are our favorite places and districts:
Downtown Asheville makes shopping so much fun. There are many beautiful streets to stroll with historic buildings filled with so many unique shops and galleries. The bustling area features 200+ locally owned stores, 30-some galleries featuring local and international art and craft, and several antique shops. The Grove Arcade is a must stop (pic at top). Most stores are open Monday-Saturday until 6 PM. Many are open at night and on Sundays. With street performers and plenty of restaurants, bakeries, and breweries for frequent breaks. 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 27 Coolest NC Mountain Towns.
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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: Antique shops downtown are mostly on Lexington Avenue and Walnut Street, including Asheville Antiques Mall on Lexington. Don't miss Stuf Antiques at 52 Broadway. Captains Bookshelf and Battery Park Book Exchange have a wonderful collection of used and rare books, including first editions. 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