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9 Under-the-Radar Hot Spots in Asheville

The places tourism advocates are not promoting, yet should be…

Street Busker — Asheville, North Carolina

There is a love affair with Asheville, North Carolina. From its culinary selections to local hops (beer), and its majestic scenery to outdoor activities, people from all of the world come to experience this one-of-a-kind city located in Western North Carolina. Its unique positioning as one of the happiest and friendliest cities is part of the draw to its energy. When the sun is shining you will spot hundreds of people sipping a cold beer on a patio, or taking in some fresh smoky mountain air while hiking one of the many trails. Travelers want to experience what it is like to be an Ashevillian, so where are some of the underground, secret hot spots the locals love?

A look at the “not-so-known” in Asheville, NC…

1- The Vault — This downtown, local hangout is known for its hot dogs, and the drinks are good too! Early afternoon cocktails or high gravity beer is always a good idea here.

2- Stackhouse — Located in the small college town of Mars Hill, it truly offers some of the best burgers and chicken sandwiches in Western North Carolina.

3- Eating Asheville — a walking food tour company in downtown Asheville. If you are a foodie, you will enjoy the high roller tour that provides experiences of elegant food hotspots, including those run by James Beard nominated Chefs.

4- Golden Fleece — Located next to the Grove Park Inn, this beautiful slow cooked wild game restaurant is the perfect place for an afternoon lunch or evening dinner on the patio. The octopus is a must try.

5- Metro Wines — This wine shop is located on Charlotte Street. With a great selection of wines, the staff is always available to help you find the perfect bottle. And the champagne selection is great!

6- Heiwa Shokudo — This cozy Japanese restaurant is a great stop for a sushi or one of their famous steam pots. The noodles are amazing as well, and sake is always on hand!

7- Asheville Pizza and Brewing — The original APB on Merrimon Avenue is a local favorite for pizza, beer, and movie flicks. It is also family friendly.

8- Ambrozia — Located in North Asheville it is a convenient location for parking and a great meal. Enjoy dinner at the bar with Karen, you won’t regret it.

9-Habitat Brewing — Located in the 5 Points area on Broadway this brewery is housed in a cool, old building. Brewing small batches of English style beers, the brewery is focused on providing a community commons for small, local events and gatherings.

Originally published at on April 5, 2017.



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