Downtown Asheville

Explore the Streets of Downtown Asheville NC

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Asheville is an eclectic mountain town full of food, art, culture, and beer. From shopping local boutiques to brewery hopping to listening to live music, the streets of Asheville are chock full of places to explore. Downtown is vibrant and a bit funky. 


Asheville is a beer lover’s paradise. There are more than 40 breweries throughout the city, including the East Coast headquarters for New Belgium and Sierra Nevada. Named Beer City USA in 2009, Asheville has something for all palates. South Slope is Asheville’s Brewery District, which is home to 10 breweries. 


Whether you’re looking for Southern Comfort food, Spanish tapas, or vegetarian, you’ll find it in Asheville. Food is fresh and creative, and many spots utilize sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. Some local favorite dining options in Asheville include Tupelo Honey Cafe, Rhubarb, Buxton Hall Barbecue, The Admiral, and Cúrate.  


There are more than 30 art galleries and creative spaces in Asheville. Visit the Folk Art Center, Grovewood Village, Lexington Glassworks, and the Asheville Gallery of Art. You’ll find many art studios along the French Broad River in the River Arts District, an industrial neighborhood that has gone through a renaissance in the past few decades. 


Art is all around in Asheville. Downtown’s heritage is visible in the unique and diverse architecture. Take a walk down the street and you’ll see Art Deco, Beaux Arts, and Neoclassical buildings throughout town.


You’ll find traditional mountain music fill the air as well as modern and nationally known acts. Asheville Music Hall, The Orange Peel, and Isis Music Hall all host regular performances, and many restaurants and bars host live music from local musicians. Asheville also has some cool record stores like Harvest Records, Voltage Records, or Static Age Records for vintage and new vinyl. 

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