Where to get the best Breakfast in downtown Asheville
Downtown Asheville is the perfect destination for breakfast lovers. You’ll find a diverse range of culinary options there that cater to every palate. From classic Southern fare to innovative creations, the breakfast scene downtown is a true reflection of the city’s love for delicious and creative dishes.
This guide to downtown’s breakfast scene includes upscale options, spots for a great croissant, foodie places and everything in between. It’s a great list if you are staying in downtown Asheville and need a point in the right direction.
From cozy cafes to trendy brunch destinations, Asheville has it all. So, let’s grab a cup of coffee and explore the breakfast treasures that await!
Map of Where To Get Breakfast In Downtown Asheville
Counter Service Breakfast in Downtown Asheville
The first part of this guide to breakfast downtown highlights restaurants where you order at the counter. These are great if you need something quick or perhaps you are visiting Asheville with kids and time is of the essence.
Croissants and Spanish fare at an upscale yet casual spot
If you are familiar with La Bodega, you may be wondering why we have them in the counter service section. Well, their upstairs restaurant doesn’t open until 11 am. But they offer counter service downstairs beginning at 9 am.
And if you aren’t familiar with La Bodega, you are in for a treat! This restaurant is in the Cúrate family and is located just around the corner from the flagship restaurant.
Downstairs you’ll find a small Spanish market with everything from imported Torres potato chips to sherry vinegar. They also have a few semi-prepared Cúrate favorites. You can order at this counter or, depending on the time of day, head upstairs to their main restaurant. It’s not open until 11, though, so if you are here for breakfast you’ll just order at the downstairs counter.
Their counter service breakfast menu includes various croissants, their signature Tortilla Espanola, a Basque-style cheesecake. There are a few seats inside and additional seating outside.
Laid-back spot with great coffee and food
If you are looking to escape the hubbub of downtown Asheville, head to Session Cafe. It’s in the Citizen-Times building along with a record factory, a plant shop and even a print shop. It’s a very unique and relaxing environment.
Session has breakfast all day and though it’s a small menu, it’s more than enough! Don’t miss the Breakfast Sando. It comes with bacon, herb aioli, granulated maple and chili crisp. As good as it sounds! They also have a granola bowl and an ancient grain bowl.
They have all of the coffee options you need at Session. Choose from espresso drinks to cold brew to drip coffee. They also have several flavored lattes with homemade syrup and you can count on a fun barista’s special.
Session is such a great spot and definitely at the top of our list of our restaurants you should visit in Asheville.
Delicious sandwiches and baked goods at a local favorite
City Bakery is an awesome bakery and sandwich shop with two locations in town. They serve breakfast and lunch most days of the week (check first before you go!)
Our go-to breakfast order at City Bakery is a bacon egg and cheese on a cheddar scallion biscuit. It’s one of our favorite breakfast sandwiches in Asheville.
They also have bagels, all-day quiche and a few fun breakfast sandwich options like a breakfast torta or a Hawaiian sandwich. You can also get a freshly baked pastry (PS try their famous cinnamon roll!)
While you’re there, grab a loaf of their French bread or a chocolate chip cookie! There’s plenty of seating inside and a few tables outside. You can also opt for it to-go (and even order online!)
Pastries, quiche and great espresso drinks
Old Europe is the perfect destination for a quick breakfast pastry and delicious espresso drink. Grab it to go or stay a while in their new location next to the AC Hotel. There are cafe tables and also a few stools by the window up front.
If you like dessert for breakfast, don’t miss the chocolate peanut butter mousse cake or the key lime pie. You can also opt for a croissant if that’s more your spend. And if you are more of a savory breakfast person, try a quiche! They typically have one with meat and one without each day.
A fun fancy-ish place for breakfast in downtown Asheville
Note: Isa’s offers counter service Monday through Friday 7:30 to 10:30 and seated brunch on the weekends.
Isa’s French Bistro is the perfect spot to grab a housemade pastry on weekday mornings. They also have coffee, cappuccino, lattes, espresso and tea available in their counter service offering.
As far as breakfast food goes, you’ll find everything from a blueberry muffin to a scone, kringle and even fresh bagels and croissants. They also have fruit salad and a chia yogurt parfait.
Isa’s is also a great place for lunch in downtown Asheville. You just can’t beat the outdoor seating at the corner! It’s located just below the Haywood Park Hotel, which offers a fun stay in downtown Asheville.
Table Service Breakfast in Downtown Asheville
If you are looking to enjoy a slower breakfast, we’ve got you covered! Below you will find a few awesome options for a sit-down breakfast in downtown Asheville. It starts out with a locally loved diner, and includes a few southern brunch favorites and a few ‘fancier’ hotel restaurants.
Classic diner with booths, counter stools and upscale fare
The Med is a great place for breakfast in downtown Asheville if you want to feel like a local. It’s a diner but you shouldn’t expect average diner food.
Order anything! We absolutely love anything with their sausage and the breakfast potatoes. And the breakfast salad with arugula, house-pickled veggies, bacon, potatoes and eggs is as unique as it is delicious.
They serve breakfast and lunch and don’t take reservations. Go early if you don’t want to wait. You can watch them cook from the counter stools or get seated in a booth. It looks small at first but there are a ton of booths in the back, too.
A beloved Asheville gem
With three locations around Asheville and more popping up around the state, you can count on Early Girl to deliver the breakfast goodness. It’s the perfect destination for those seeking a farm-to-table breakfast experience.
Their most popular breakfast dish is the Bow To The King which comes with chicken tenders atop cinnamon-battered buttermilk biscuits. This is all topped with fresh whipped cream, powdered sugar and seasonal fruit.
They also have a classic two-egg breakfast, as well as a few omelets and breakfast bowls if that’s more your style.
As far as drinks go, they have a mimosa flight! It comes with four seasonal flavors. They also have a bloody mary, coffee, fruit juice, oat milk, tea and soda.
We like the casual atmosphere inside just as much as we enjoy people-watching at their outdoor tables, so you can’t go wrong with seating.
Daily Southern brunch and fun drink menu
Tupelo Honey opened its doors in downtown Asheville and now has locations in 13 states, including a second location in South Asheville.
They specialize in southern food with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Breakfast is where they really shine, though. Tupelo Honey has an extensive menu and a ton of fun drink options.
Choose from Southern classics like fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits, or a more traditional breakfast like waffles, a breakfast bowl, or avocado toast. We love their fried chicken and waffles if you are looking for something filling!
Tupelo Honey has one of the best boozy breakfast drink menus in Asheville. They have six types of bloody marys and several mimosa flavors. The blueberry lavender mimosa is so unexpected and tasty!
A slice of New Orleans in the heart of downtown Asheville
Start your weekend in Asheville with an order of beignets and an andouille eggs benedict at Mayfel’s. If you are looking for a fun environment and Louisiana fare, you’ll love it here. Especially the courtyard seating!
Though it’s more of a brunch spot, we are including Mayfel’s on this breakfast of downtown Asheville because they have it available Friday through Monday mornings. BUT be aware that they don’t open until 10 am so it’s not great for early birds!
Charming sidewalk cafe with Latin fare
Café Bomba is a great breakfast spot in downtown Asheville where you’ll feel like you are on vacation even if you aren’t.
It’s located just across from Pack Square and offers an excellent vantage for people-watching and amazing Latin fare. Bomba is also the perfect place to catch up on the paper over a divine latte or cortado.
Try the shrimp and grits with house chorizo and plantain. Their mexique fruit salad with avocado and yogurt is also great! As is the huevos rancheros and the bananas foster french toast.
They also have a lunch menu if you end up lingering over breakfast too long and don’t want to leave.
Authentic Appalachian soul food in an upscale space
Benne on Eagle offers a delicious breakfast and brunch on a quieter street in downtown Asheville. It’s located at the amazing Foundry Hotel property that encompasses the majority of a full city block.
The menu at Benne on Eagle changes but you can always find something fantastic. We love their buttermilk pancakes with mascarpone and the Benne breakfast sandwich with Duke’s mayo. The chicken and waffles topped with hot honey is also delicious, as is the huevos rancheros.
Benne on Eagle is one of the few restaurants where I would recommend reading the about us page on their site. If their story and welcoming words don’t make you want to eat there, I don’t know what will!
Upscale breakfast in Asheville awaits
Speaking of hotel restaurants, the Mediterranean and Italian restaurant Bargello is located at the Kimpton Hotel Arras. They offer a delicious and upscale daily breakfast and weekend brunch.
Our top pick at Bargello for breakfast is the french toast with lemon curd and a mixed berry compote. Nothing compares!
The BECA Sandwich is also great if you prefer a savory breakfast. It comes with scrambled egg, smashed avocado, chive, Ashe County cheddar, smoked bacon, and sun-dried tomato aioli served on a brioche bun with breakfast potatoes.
Bargello features stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, an open kitchen view, and an open-fire pizza hearth. Not only is the restaurant beautiful and the breakfast fare perfectly elevated, but the hotel property is also a gem. It’s a great option for a luxury hotel in downtown Asheville.
Rooftop breakfast with a divine view and delicious fare
If you are looking to enjoy a rooftop breakfast, Hemingway’s Cuba is the spot! They have an amazing view with a Cuban-inspired breakfast menu.
We love their Bistec a Caballo— it’s a marinated flank steak with a sunny-side-up egg and breakfast potatoes. Their more traditional breakfast options like buttermilk pancakes and customizable omelets are also great.
Hemingway’s is at the top of the Cambria Hotel in downtown Asheville. They have a daily breakfast menu and a special menu for weekend brunch.
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