Looking for something sweet? Asheville has you covered – with dessert and chocolate shops throughout the city (not to mention ice cream and donuts, but those deserve their own features!).
Here’s a breakdown of Asheville’s sweetness by location, starting with:
60 Biltmore Avenue Downtown & 88 Charlotte Street North Asheville
Hours (Charlotte Street location closes earlier) Monday – Saturday 7 am – 6 pm, Sunday 7 am – 5 pm
Since 1999. Serving artisan breads and pastries, along with breakfast and lunch options. Open at 7am, they offer a smoked trout plate with homemade bagel, egg and cheese sandwich on huge cheddar scallion biscuits, stuffed avocado salad, and classics like reuben, BLT and club sandwich.
French Broad Chocolate Lounge
10 S. Pack Square Downtown Asheville
open 11am-11pm Sunday-Thursday, 11am-midnight Friday & Saturday.
One of the most popular places for chocolate in Asheville since it opened on Lexington Avenue in 2008, the French Broad Chocolate Lounge relocated to Pack Square. French Broad offers vegan chocolate, many interesting flavors of truffles like Lavender Honey Caramel, Rose, Cardamom & Pistachio and salted caramel, cakes, cookies, and an entire menu of drinking chocolate. They also expanded, featuring ice cream and grab and go chocolate next door at the French Broad Chocolate Boutique – Chocolate + Milk 10 S. Pack Square DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE, NC, and offering tours and tasting at the French Broad Chocolate Factory 21 BUXTON AVE. www.frenchbroadchocolates.com
36 Haywood Street Downtown Asheville
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.
The Chocolate Fetish at 36 Haywood Street Downtown, has been crafting award-winning chocolates in Asheville since 1986. It has been ranked Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America. Stop by their Haywood Road storefront downtown Asheville for a frozen chocolate banana, a pecan turtle, assorted truffles and chocolate rounds. They also do many specialty chocolates for the holidays, gifts, favors, and chocolate shoes and cowboy boots.“Through the Glass” Guided Tours offered Wednesday-Friday at 1:30 pm.
25 Broadway Street, Downtown Asheville
Hours: Sunday & Monday 12pm-6pm, Wednesday & Thursday 10am-10pm and Friday & Saturday 10am-11pm (Closed Tuesdays)
(formerly Chocolate Gems) offers handcrafted truffles, local gelato and decadent drinks. https://www.avlchocolate.com
99 S Lexington Ave – Downtown Asheville, NC 28801
Summer hours: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm-11pm.
Known for their handmade (huge!) ice cream sandwiches, Sunshine Sammies started out as a solar powered pushcart in the summer of 2013. Now with a physical location, they also have pushcarts and a vintage ice cream truck named Sunny that can be seen around town. Pick the cookie and handmade ice cream of your choice to make you Sammy (I like the potato chip cookie and vanilla bean ice cream – yum! but strawberry ice cream on sugar cookies is a close runner up), they also offer waffle tacos, housemade marshmallow s’mores, fresh baked cookies, local soda floats and much more!
57 Haywood Street – Downtown Asheville
Tuesday-Thursday 10am – 6pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-7pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Karen Donatelli specialized in cake design for special occasions, and also opened a bakery and cafe on Haywood Street downtown Asheville in 2012, serving croissants, brioche cakes, and pastries.
41 Biltmore Avenue – Downtown Asheville
Not just a fun double decker bus, Double D’s serves fancy coffee drinks and delicious treats like muffins, cookies, milkshakes and warm brownie sundae’s. Head’s up – the bus is cash only, and hours vary by season.
The Soda Fountain at Woolworth Walk
25 Haywood Street – Downtown Asheville
Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.
This technically goes under the ice cream category, but the old fashioned Soda Fountain at Woolworths, serving milkshakes, malts, banana splits, egg creams, and ice cream sundaes. They also serve lunch, and although this counter is nostalgic, item like the black bean burger, hummus plate and veggie dog remind you that you’re still in Asheville, and the 5&10 is actually a huge art gallery.
13 Broadway, Downtown Asheville
open from 7am-11pm Sunday-Thursday, and 7am-midnight Friday and Saturday.
Old Europe has been serving European-inspired desserts and locally roasted coffee downtown Asheville since 1994 – the oldest coffee shop downtown. Early morning breakfast options like daily quiche, croissants, muffins, and cruffins, along with delectable desserts like Tiramisu, French Creamy, Hazelnut Napolean, Lemon Bavarian and Godiva Cheesecake. They also offer an assortment of macarons daily like lavender caramel, strawberry mint and pistachio. Made fresh daily, it’s hard to choose. They also serve wine and champagne for a great late night date night or celebration.
6 Boston Way, Biltmore Village, Asheville
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 7pm, Sunday 8am – 6pm
Offering ‘Exceptionally Crafted Edibles” Well Bred Bakery & Cafe first opened in Weaverville before opening a second location in Biltmore Village. It regularly tops the list for best bakery, and also offers lunch and breakfast options in addition to pastries like the huge mountain eclair and big pieces of cake.
840 Merrimon Avenue North Asheville.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 7am-3pm, Sunday 7am-2pm
Opened in 2013 in North Asheville, Geraldine’s is a New York Style bakery serving breakfast sandwiches, scratch-made yeast donuts, cookies, rugelach, bagels, pies, cakes, and savory treats.
A La Mode Macaron
640 Merrimon Avenue Suite 101 – North Asheville
Hours Open 12pm-6pm, closed Sundays and Thursdays.
A recent addition to the Asheville dessert scene is A La Mode Macaron, specializing in various flavors of macarons, the delicate meringue-based confection, in bright colors and imaginative flavors. They also serve huge ice cream sandwiches made with the macarons and hand-made ice cream.
Old World Levain (OWL) Bakery
295 Haywood Road – West Asheville
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday-Wednesday 8am-6pm, Thursday-Saturday 8am-9pm.
An artisan bakeshop specializing in naturally leavened breads and European-inspired pastries. They focus on local and organic ingredients, and also offer breakfast options, ‘tartines’ (open-faced sandwiches) and multiple beverage options including coffee, wine, teas, juices, and herbal infusions.
Short Street Cakes
225 Haywood Road – West Asheville
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, closed Monday.
Short Street Cakes is a family owned cake shop in West Asheville, specializing in traditional Southern cakes, and cupcakes. Stop by the shop to discover a new flavor like blueberry lemon, vegan vanilla, Gluten Free Daffodil, triple chocolate ganache, salted caramel, apple cinnamon, birthday cake, PB & J, or Boston cream.
211 Tunnel Road – East Asheville
Hours: 7 am – 7pm
Freshly made beignets and New-Orleans style coffee. Bebette’s offers 3 flavors of beignet – classic, dusted with powdered sugar, Churro, dusted with cinnamon sugar, and Chocolate – drizzled with in-house made chocolate sauce. Grab some with a coffee or cafe au lait, or, Asheville-style, with a local beer, which accordingly to their website are only $4.
Filo / Post 70 Indulgence Bar
1155 Tunnel Road
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am–Midnight, Saturday 8am – Midnight, Sunday 9am – 5pm.
Housed in an old stone VFW, Filo offers pastries, cakes, chocolates and coffees. Later in the day it offers a full scale cocktail bar with amazing Greek food and desserts as Post 70 Indulgence Bar. The ambiance and food are amazing, plus it’s outside of downtown so not as busy.
1854 Brevard Road
Monday & Tuesday 9am-4pm, Wed- Friday 9am-9pm and Saturday 9am-1pm, +2pm Afternoon Tea.
A local, independent restaurant, bakery and tea room. Every Saturday is donut day. Cakes and cupcakes along with breakfast served all day, lunch and dinner.
TBM Small Cakes
33 Town Square Boulevard Unit 130 – Biltmore Park, South Asheville
Monday-Thursday, 10am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 9pm and Sunday 1pm – 6pm.
This Cupcakery and Creamery opened by Brandy Mills and her husband Tiste (that’s where the TBM comes from) in late 2016 in Biltmore Park, right next to Luella’s BBQ with the focus of bringing families together over ice cream and cake. They offer many flavors of scratch made cupcakes like red velvet, maple bacon and hot fudge sundae.
Baked Pie Company
4 Long Shoals Road – Arden (South Asheville)
50 North Merrimon Avenue – Reynolds Village (North Asheville)
Tues-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Closed Mon.
Honey Pecan, Sugar Crack, Shoofly, Lemon Meringue, Apple Crumb, Strawberry Rhubard, Chocolate Cream, really – any type of pie you can think of. Try a few flavors with a Pie Flights that include 3 slices of pie and a scoop of ice cream.
This list leaves off donut shops like Vortex, Hole, Duck Donuts, and the Underground; and Ice Cream shops like the Hope, Ultimate, Frostbite and Whit’s – I’ll do those in another feature!
What’s your favorite place to get a sweet treat in Asheville? Did I miss anything?