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.

Biltmore Village Asheville Shopping

Biltmore Village at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate is a delight to shop as you browse dozens of shops, galleries and boutiques in historic buildings. Read more.

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.

Shopping Top Spots

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, and there are many events and sales throughout the year.
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.
Art Galleries & Studios
Top 20 Art Galleries
Visit a gallery to be amazed at a big variety of local art and craft, including glass, paintings, pottery and every other 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.
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. 
Folk Art Center
Folk Art Center
See crafts by artists from Southern Appalachia with three fine art galleries and daily craft demonstrators. Shop in their store. No admission fee. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near U.S. 70 intersection.

Asheville Bookstores
Battery Park Book Exchange

More Downtown Asheville Shopping

Go to our Asheville Galleries Guide for downtown art galleries. Find Asheville Antique Shopping.

Downtown Bookstores: Malaprop's Bookstore (55 Haywood Street) has thrived in downtown Asheville since 1982. Its vast book selection includes major sections devoted to local authors and regional titles, fiction and nonfiction, and poetry. They run author events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Open every day, until 9 PM on Monday-Thursday and 10 PM on Friday & Saturday. The Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar (1 Page Avenue) is a must stop for any book lover for this wine bar meets library. Located in the Grove Arcade, they have more than 22,000 books to peruse while enjoying a glass of wine or espresso. The Captain’s Bookshelf (31 Page Avenue) was established in 1976, buying and selling secondhand and rare books on an international level.

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.

Woolworth Walk: Arts and crafts emporium with more than 150 exhibiting artists in 20,000 sq. ft. of display and studio space. 25 Haywood Street.

Kress Emporium: Collection of excellence 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 Shoes: 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.

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