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  • 1. Blue Spiral 1

    Downtown | Art Gallery

    The biggest and arguably the best art gallery in town has changing exhibits of regional sculpture, paintings, fine crafts, and photographs.

    38 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 2. Downtown Asheville

    Downtown | Neighborhood

    Shopping is excellent and local all over downtown Asheville, with around 200 boutiques, including more than 30 art and crafts galleries. Several streets, notably Biltmore Avenue, Broadway Street, Lexington Avenue, Haywood Street, and Wall Street, are lined with small, independently owned stores. In fact, there are only two chain retailers in all of downtown.

    Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 3. French Broad Chocolate Lounge

    Downtown | Food/Candy

    French Broad Chocolate Lounge—so popular it had to move to this much-larger location on Pack Square (though the line is still sometimes out the door)—makes its own delicious chocolate candy, but that's just the start. As the name suggests, it's also a lounge, where you can sit in comfort and enjoy not only truffles and other premium chocolates but also ice cream, cookies, brownies, various kinds of hot and cold chocolate drinks, and specialty coffees and teas. Adjoining is the grab-and-go Chocolate Boutique. The owners also have a small chocolate factory and tasting room at 21 Buxton Avenue, with guided tours daily, starting at $3.

    10 S. Pack Sq., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 4. Grove Arcade

    Downtown | Crafts

    Just before its opening in 1929, the Grove Arcade, which covers an entire city block, was trumpeted as "the most elegant building in America" by its builder, W. E. Grove, the man also responsible for the Grove Park Inn. He envisioned a new kind of retail, office, and residential complex. Grove died before completing the project, and a planned 14-story tower was never built. Still, the building is an architectural wonder, with gargoyles galore. Now it's a public market with about 40 locally owned shops and restaurants, along with apartments and office space. The south end of the Arcade has an outdoor market with about a dozen stalls selling local crafts and farm products. A self-guided architectural tour (download a map from the website) takes about 45 minutes.

    1 Page Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 5. Marquee Asheville

    Somewhere between an art gallery, an antique mall, and a craft fair, a stroll through Marquee is like touring a museum of Asheville's most creative visual artists. Offerings range from whimsical decor to functional furniture. There's an on-site bar to sip while you browse, and leashed dogs are welcome. 

    36 Foundy St., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
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  • 6. Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts

    River Arts District | Ceramics/Glassware

    Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts has the largest number of working clay artists in the region. It has two ceramics galleries, plus pottery studios and clay classes. The main gallery, Odyssey Co-Op Gallery, has a large and high-quality selection of ceramic works, both functional and decorative, as well as figurative and abstract sculpture, by 25 juried clay artists. Odyssey Clayworks offers classes and has a gallery of clay work by students and others.

    238 Clingman Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 7. Woolworth Walk

    Downtown | Art Gallery

    In a 1938 building that once housed a five-and-dime, Woolworth Walk features the curated work of more than 170 crafts artists, in 20,000 square feet of exhibit space on two levels. There's even a working soda fountain, built to resemble the original Woolworth luncheonette.

    25 Haywood St., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 8. Asheville City Market

    Downtown | Market

    Sponsored by ASAP, nearly everything at this downtown market is local. Offerings vary but usually include produce, free-range eggs, homemade breads, cheeses, and crafts from some 60 local farms, bakeries, and craftspeople. From early April through December, every Saturday morning it covers an entire city block on North Market Street; January through March it moves indoors, to the Masonic Temple Building at 80 Broadway.

    52 N. Market St., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 9. CURVE Studios

    River Arts District

    With working studios and exhibits by about a dozen artists, CURVE Studios displays ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, and furniture in three storefronts. 

    3, 5, and 7 River Arts Place, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 10. Grove Arcade

    Nearing a century old, this stunning historic building's glass roof fills its corridors with light on sunny days—and is a welcome escape during a summer thunderstorm. It's home to restaurants, a bookstore with a bar inside, and shops that include a wooden instrument maker and an apothecary. 

    1 Page Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 11. Grovewood Gallery

    Grove Park | Art Gallery

    The gallery's 9,000 square feet hold high-quality ceramic, glass, fiber, wood, and other crafts, along with furniture in what the gallery calls "the Asheville style."

    Grove Park, 111 Grovewood Rd., Asheville, North Carolina, 28804, USA
  • 12. Kress Emporium I and II

    Downtown | Art Gallery

    In this 1928 landmark building decorated with polychrome terra-cotta tiles, about 100 artisans show and sell their crafts. A second location two doors away, Kress Emporium II, has about 25 art and crafts stalls.

    19 and 27 Patton Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
    828-281–2252-Kress Emporium I
  • 13. New Morning Gallery

    Biltmore Village | Art Gallery

    Established by the late arts entrepreneur John Cram, New Morning Gallery has more than 13,000 square feet of exhibit space in a prime location in Biltmore Village. The gallery, which has a national reputation, focuses on more popular and moderately priced ceramics, garden art, jewelry, furniture, and art glass.

    7 Boston Way, Asheville, North Carolina, 28803, USA
  • 14. Riverview Station

    River Arts District | Crafts

    More than 40 artists, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs in ceramics, painting, textiles, woodworking, and jewelry work in this complex of studios and galleries in the River Arts District. Several of the artists offer classes and there's lots of free parking.

    191 Lyman St., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 15. The Asheville Cotton Mill

    This 1887 brick building, one of the oldest industrial buildings in Asheville, is a former factory once owned by Moses H. Cone, whose family mansion is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. With an exterior covered by a colorful mural, it's home to a music venue, photographers, boutique seamstresses, and a trendy tattoo studio. 

    122 Riverside Dr., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 16. The Chocolate Fetish

    Downtown | Food/Candy

    Chocolate truffles and sea-salt caramels are favorites here, but you can also buy made-on-site items such as chocolate in the shapes of cowboy boots and high heels. Most items are sold for takeout, but there's limited in-store seating if you just can't wait to scarf down these delicious sweets with a cup of rich hot chocolate.

    36 Haywood St., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 17. Wedge Studios and Wedge Brewing Company

    River Arts District

    Once the headquarters of Farmer's Federation, the region's leading agricultural co-op, this large brick building holds more than 30 independent art and crafts studios, along with the popular Wedge Brewery and other businesses. Grab a bite from one of the food trucks that appear in rotation in the Wedge parking lot and eat at a picnic table outside. Wedge Brewery has opened a second location in RAD behind Riverview Station next door to 12 Bones.

    111–129 Roberts St., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA

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