Asheville is home to a varied and colorful people, and offers a variety of shopping opportunities to match this diversity. Whether in Downtown Asheville, in East Asheville near the Asheville Mall, the Biltmore Village, or in any of the many communities and towns that surround the city, you won’t have to look far to find the shopping experience you are looking for. Below you will find guides to navigating the downtown shopping scene as well as information about the commercial shopping available in East Asheville. Scroll to the bottom of this page or visit our Business Directory to skip ahead and find the exact shop or store you are looking for.
Shopping in Downtown Asheville
The plethora of cultural attractions, architecture, outdoor art, dining, and shopping offered by Downtown Asheville make the city center one of the top destinations of tourists visiting the Southeastern United States. Downtown Asheville is a small tight knit community, with attractions, shopping and restaurants well dispersed throughout. One shopping highlight of downtown Asheville that is not to be missed is the Historic Grove Arcade. The Grove Arcade is a historic building located northwest of the intersection of Patton Ave. and Haywood St. in Downtown Asheville. Restored in 2002, the Grove Arcade now offers and open-air market, dozens of outward facing stores on its perimeter, and many more stores lining the interior corridors that runs down the heart of this two story building. The second floor is reserved for offices and condos. In the Grove Arcade you will find restaurants, fine candy stores, boutiques, art galleries, antiques stores, fine home furnishings and much more. When planning a shopping trip to downtown Asheville always reserve several hours to fully explore the varied wares available at the Grove Arcade.
Just south of the Grove Arcade is another popular shopping attraction, Wall Street. Wall Street is a tight, cobble stone street lined with arts and craft stores, international stores, jewelry designers, art galleries, several popular restaurants and other attractions. Wall Street is accessible from Battery Park Ave., near its intersection with Haywood St. and on its other end where it terminates at Otis St. The low traffic and abundance of shopping options makes Wall Street a must for any outing in Downtown Asheville.
Haywood Street, Lexington Avenue and Biltmore Avenue
There are several other areas of downtown Asheville with a density of shopping opportunities. Adjacent to the Grove Arcade and Wall Street is Haywood St. The section of Haywood St. beginning at Patton Ave. and ending at the Asheville Civic Center is lined with many art galleries and fine boutiques. Several blocks east of Haywood St. is North Lexington Ave., known for its abundance of “local personalities,” which some might refer to as hippies or even freaks. This stretch of Lexington Ave, which runs from the edge of downtown all the way to Patton Ave. is home to an many stores selling vintage clothing, eco-friendly clothing, records, art, antiques, gemstones and minerals, shoes, toys, furniture, and books. A little farther east is the main road running north and south in Downtown Asheville. This road has many names including Biltmore Ave. in the south of Downtown, Broadway St. on the north side of Downtown and Merrimon Ave. in North Asheville. The downtown portion of this street is lined with a wide variety of different shops. Patton Ave. which runs east to west has similar diversity of shopping especially near it’s the center of town where it intersects at the transition from Biltmore Ave. to Broadway St.
Downtown Asheville has Everything
Wherever you begin in Downtown Asheville, you will surely find an abundance of shopping options. To find a store selling the type of products you are looking for explore our shopping directories, which can be found at the bottom of this page and on our Business Directory. For more about Asheville artists and the many galleries located in downtowns Asheville, visit our Asheville Artists and Art Galleries page. For information about parking in downtown Asheville visit our Asheville Parking guide.
One of the most popular shopping attractions outside of Downtown Asheville is Biltmore Village, located adjacent to the Biltmore Estate, three miles south of downtown on Biltmore Ave. In the Biltmore Village visitors will find an abundance of dining options, art galleries, craft stores, jewelry stores, and boutiques. The Biltmore area is such a popular tourist attractions that many visitors choose to stay in one of the many hotels and bed and breakfasts located near the village. To learn more about these accommodations visit our Asheville Hotels guide, our Bed and Breakfasts guide, or our overview of Asheville Lodgings. For dining options in the Biltmore Village visit our Dining Beyond Downtown page.
Tunnel Road and East Asheville
The Tunnel Rd. area is a highly commercialized strip of East Asheville, which boasts many shopping and dining options. This shopping commercial district beings on Tunnel Road, just east of the Beaucatcher Tunnel. From here East Tunnel Road travels Southeast, running parallel with Hwy 240, for just over one mile before turning East. Just before the intersection with Hwy 240 Tunnel Road splits, with the main traffic flow traveling East towards Black Mountain. The other branch, known as South Tunnel Road, travels south passing the Beaucatcher Theater, the Asheville Mall, and several other shopping centers on either side of the road. Below the mall, S. Tunnel Road intersects with Swannanoa River Road. Asheville’s only Super Wal-Mart is located in Swannanoa River Rd, less than one mile east of its intersection with S. Tunnel Road. Beyond Swannanoa River Rd., S. Tunnel Rd. turns into Wood Ave. There are several more shopping centers on the right side of Wood Ave. including a Target and a Carmike Cinemas.
The main branch of East Tunnel Road remains fairly commercialized for several miles beyond the mall and Hwy 240. On this stretch going towards and Swannanoa and Black Mountain, E. Tunnel Road is bordered by several car dealerships, grocery stores, restaurants, and business parks.
Surrounding Town and Communities
Many of the surrounding towns offer wonderful shopping opportunities, especially in the areas of arts and crafts and antiques. The towns of Weaverville in the north, Black Mountain in the east, and Hendersonville to the south all offer wonderful arts and crafts communities and other shopping options. Each also boasts cultural events and dining options making them great day trips from Asheville, or even home bases for your next visit to Western NC.