Asheville’s has been called the “Paris of the South,” largely because of the city’s diverse and unique artistic and architectural offerings on display in the city’s many historic art deco buildings and neighborhoods. Many of the same characteristics that make Asheville and Western NC wonderful places to visit have also helped this region attract an incredible diversity of culinary talent. This talent can be seen by wide array culinary styles on display within the regions cafe and bistro restaurants.
Home to a few traditional bistros with French and other eastern european cuisine, Asheville also has big variety of small restaurants and cafes that feature fusion, healthy/vegetarian, Asian, Southern, breakfast/brunch, farm to table, Cajun, Latin, and many other culinary styles.
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite between art galleries or somewhere to grab lunch between outdoor experiences, Asheville cafes and bistros offer a variety of settings to pass the day, sip espresso or have a quick lunch.
Top Cafes & Bistros in Asheville
Isa’s French Bistro
Chef Peter Crockett has created a brunch menu crafted by the flavors of the Carolinas, featuring dishes such as NC Chicken & French Toast, Bistro Skillet Hash, and Eggs Benedict Du Jour. Enjoy… read more
Tiger Bay Cafe, West Asheville
Located inside Battlecat Coffee shop in West Asheville, this female-owned, family-run cafe serves up breakfast and lunch including bagels, waffles, paninis, salads, and more inspired by Southern,… read more
Sunny Point Cafe
A favorite local spot in West Asheville since 2003, discover innovative comfort food with made-from-scratch products and a farm-to-table approach. They even grow some of their ingredients in their… read more
Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro
Located in Asheville’s South Slope, this unique bistro and bar offers an exceptional new-world approach to classic food and drink. Their bar also boasts one of the largest rum selections in North… read more
Green Sage Cafe
A local favorite, this certified green restaurant nurtures the well-being of its customers through its fair-trade organic coffee and tea, organic beer and wine, natural and organic local food for… read more
This downtown cafe and bakery serves fresh breads, pastries, salads, sandwiches, soups, and more. Shop the pantry for local and regional foods, housewares, and artisanal products. They’ll even… read more
All Day Darling
Located in Asheville’s historic Montford neighborhood, this cozy bistro offers fresh coffee and baked goods, smoothies, salads, dinner specials, cocktails and more. Enjoy beer or wine on the patio… read more
This hip, globally inspired West Asheville eatery features a gluten-free menu with superfood ingredients to create “real feelgood food” for anyone from vegans to omnivores. They serve breakfast,… read more
A longtime French bistro with comfort food using local ingredients. A romantic, intimate and charming setting. Enjoy fresh mussels prepared multiple ways, Escargot, Burgundy’s signature stew Boeuf… read more