Where to Shop in Asheville?

Where to Shop in Asheville?

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.

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.

West Asheville is home to many local, funky shops, resale, vintage & consignment stores, boutiques and galleries. Biltmore Park is a modern "urban village" with many shops and restaurants.

Browse local shops for plenty of unique items in the quaint downtowns of our Coolest NC Mountain Towns.

Downtown Asheville
Explore Downtown Asheville
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.
Asheville Outlets
Asheville Outlets
Shop 75 national and local outlets in this beautiful, new outdoor shopping village. 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.
Art Galleries & Studios
Top 20 Art Galleries
Visit a gallery to be amazed at big variety of local art and craft, including glass, paintings, pottery and every medium you can imagine. Asheville and the North Carolina mountains are home to hundreds of world-class artists. Here are our favorite galleries to see the their creations.
Village Potters, Asheville
The Village Potters
A must stop in the River Arts District, meet six very accomplished artists and watch them at work. Buy contemporary art in three galleries. Be a potter for an afternoon with their hands-on workshop.
Diamond Brand Outdoors
Diamond Brand Outdoors & Frugal Backpacker
Before you head outdoors for hiking, paddling or camping, get gear and expert advice at two Diamond Brand stores (one is downtown) and the Frugal Backpacker Outlet in Asheville. Whether you are an outdoors novice or advance adventurer, they are the top outfitter in town.
Grove Arcade
Grove Arcade
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.
Biltmore Village
Biltmore Village
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.
River Arts District
River Arts District
Some 185 working artists have set up shop in the River Arts District. Drive a little, walk a little to visit studios and galleries. Find an amazing variety of art and see how the artists create it. It's just a few miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate.
310 Art Gallery
310 ART Gallery
See the work of 25 local artists in this large gallery in the River Arts District featuring contemporary painting, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry and photography. Plus, see studios of five resident artists working and demonstrating daily. And take a big variety of workshops. Open Monday-Saturday. 191 Lyman Street

Downtown Asheville Gallery

More Downtown Asheville Shopping

Go to our Asheville Galleries Guide for downtown art galleries. Also see our Bookstore Guide

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 Gallery, Asheville
New Morning Galley in Biltmore Village

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