A quick list of eleven coffee shops in Asheville with great outdoor seating! But first, here’s a map:
Map of coffee shops in Asheville with outdoor seating
1. High Five (Woodfin / Riverside)
High Five in Woodfin is literally on the French Broad River! Great views of the river, tons of seating options (chairs + picnic tables), awesome coffee and a few small bites, too. Woodfin Riverside Park is close by so you can grab a cup of coffee from High Five and take a lovely stroll.
2. Liberty House Coffee & Cafe (North Asheville)
The garden-side tables at Liberty are perfection! And by some struck of luck I have always been able to snag a table. The line to order food is almost always out of the door, but there is typically a free table or three in the garden.
It’s a great spot for little kids to run around. And their food is just divine! You can read more about Liberty’s food and seating here.
3. Farewell (South Slope)
A perfect spot in South Slope to enjoy the mountain air over a cup of coffee. And you can even sit inside while doing this because they open the large window up front on nice days. Farewell has amazing coffee and some great food items on the menu, too.
4. Summit Coffee (Grove Arcade // Downtown Asheville)
Grab a stool and settle in for some serious people-watching and delicious coffee. This Summit Coffee location is in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. It’s a great spot to take a break from your busy day in the city.
5. PennyCup Coffee (North Asheville)
An unexpected patio awaits you in the back of PennyCup’s north Asheville location. There are a few picnic tables there and it’s blocked off so you don’t have to worry too much if you have little ones in tow.
6. Ultra Coffeebar (River Arts District)
Several styles and sizes of tables sit out front of Ultra Coffeebar. It’s a great place to hang with friends or little ones while enjoying a bagel sandwich and coffee. We love taking out-of-town visitors to Ultra because you can count on great food and fun coffee drinks!
7. Summit Coffee (River Arts District)
Summit Coffee in RAD is one of our favorite spots in town. The inside is absolutely perfect and Summit’s patio seating is a great choice on a nice day. I love checking out the murals all around the River Arts District!
8. Session Cafe & Bar (Downtown Asheville)
Session Cafe & Bar is my favorite hidden gem in Asheville! I love their outdoor seating (especially when the Asheville trolley drives by!) It’s the perfect spot to meet friends and enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch in downtown Asheville! There are a few tables with umbrellas available and also a bar inside.
9. Trade and Lore (Downtown Asheville)
The perfect coffee shop to get some work done while doing some casual people-watching. There are several tables and chairs on the patio (and it’s also really cute inside in case of rain!) Trade and Lore brews coffee from local Asheville roaster Cooperative Coffee.
10. BattleCat Coffee (West Asheville)
Can’t forget BattleCat! They have a few covered seats under the porch and a few more tables out front. We love grabbing breakfast from Tiger Bay Cafe (located in the same building) and setting up shop at BattleCat for a few hours. They make one of my favorite iced lattes in town! Psst: order your Tiger Bay food online before going!
11. PennyCup at the YMI
Another PennyCup location, but this time in downtown Asheville. It’s actually a bit off the beaten path and has a few picnic tables right at the road. Traffic on the street (both foot and car!) is pretty low.