Asheville has a thriving arts, culture, music, and food scene. It’s a pretty awesome place to live, and today we’re listing some of our very favorite places to eat, see live music, and hang out in Asheville. Best businesses in Asheville is a big claim, but we stand by what we said.  

What are we waiting for? Let’s get right into it.

Ambrose West 

312 Haywood Rd.

Ambrose West does it all – events, weddings, corporate parties, and live music. Nestled right on the corner of where Haywood Road winds down to the River Arts District, Ambrose West is convenient to both downtown and West Asheville. Plus, they have several different spaces of varying levels of privacy, so you can choose which one is the best fit for your event… or maybe just go ahead and book all three. I especially love the sweet little courtyard. 


Asheville Sandwich Shop 

794 Haywood Rd.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Making a good sandwich is basically an art form, and these guys do it like no other. Asheville Sandwich Co. is a top 10 sandwich joint in Asheville according to Yelp, and their goal is, simply put, to be the best sandwich restaurant ever. We think they’re killing the game. If you’re in the mood for a classic (tuna melt, BLT, Cuban, reuben, etc.) or something more adventurous, like a gluten-free, vegan sandwich, they’ve got you covered. Check out their online menu



732 Haywood Rd.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. every night 

For all the Haywood Road fashionistas on a budget, Reciprocity is a a closet staple. (I got my favorite pair of black heels here.) They specialize in Free People, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, Frye, and other boho-inspired brands on deep discount. They also accept consigned items in good condition, so if you’re looking to sell some gently-used treasures, Reciprocity is a great spot for that, too.


Standard Pizza Co.

631 Haywood Rd. or 755 Biltmore Ave. 
11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday. (They close at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.) 
12 p.m.-midnight Sundays 

A life without pizza isn’t a life worth living, in my opinion, and that’s why I love Standard Pizza. They serve up some of the best pizza in town, and even stay open late on the weekends (2 a.m.!) so you can satisfy your midnight munchie cravings. They also have gluten-free and vegan options for those with dietary restrictions. 


The Amp Shop

841 Haywood Rd.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 

The Amp Shop specializes in custom, hand-built amps as well as repair for recording and DJ equipment, effects processors, keyboards, lighting equipment, and anything else used in the music production or performance process. And they’re not just limited to digital! The Amp Shop can help repair your analog music equipment, too. 


Haywood Common

507 Haywood Rd.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. 
Brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 

Haywood Common is the brick-and-mortar location of the food truck Belly Up, and boy is it delicious. The menu, developed by Chef Rob Starr and his wife Hannah, has a distinctly California twist and focuses on hyper-seasonal ingredients. They source their produce and protein from local sources and farmers markets as often as possible. Also, the bartenders make a mean craft cocktail. 


Pizza Mind

285 Haywood Rd. 
11:30 a.m.-12 a.m. Monday-Thursday
11:30-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday
12 p.m-12 a.m. Sunday 

Pizza… so nice, it’s on the list twice! Pizza Mind is on the opposite side of Haywood from Standard Pizza. Its menu features not only delicious pizza, but a full sandwich menu and bar with draft beer. Any time I go to Pizza Mind, I always walk away very satisfied, and very, very full. (Maybe too full.) See their menu here


Asheville Music Hall

31 Patton Ave. 
Tuesday 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Wednesday-Sunday 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Calling all music fans and late night folks! Asheville Music Hall is the destination for fans of jam, funk, and electronic music, just to name a few genres. Their shows are typically very affordable (about $10), which makes it a staple for weeknight warriors. Asheville Music Hall also connects to Mojo Kitchen and Lounge downstairs, where you can catch open mic comedy every Wednesday at 9 p.m. 


The Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar 

1 Page Ave., #101 

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon-Thurs
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

The Book Exchange is one of those places that everyone in Asheville, tourist or resident, must visit at least once. With its comfy furniture, book selection, and charmingly quirky design, it’s easy to lose hours in the stacks. They also have a full wine, beer, and bubbly selection, and a little outdoor patio area for the warmer weather.