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Waking Life

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976 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
(828)505-3240
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7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
This place is great!

Cute little house with parking, nice staff, delicous freshly made espresso drinks and treats. Relaxing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
Ann G
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31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Cute little house with parking, nice staff, delicous freshly made espresso drinks and treats. Relaxing.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I've never had coffee like this before. They have nitro iced coffee that comes out of a tap on the bar - like beer. It has a foam top like beer. It is creamy and delicious and needs no milk. I wish so much this place was by me!! It was amazing. They also have bottled iced coffee to go,... More 

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Dresden, Maine
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This nice shop is in a house. You can wander from one room to the next with your coffee. It feels pretty comfy and the coffee does too! We stayed in this great neighborhood of West Asheville and really enjoyed all there was to offer.

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Miami, Florida
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I consider myself a coffee snob and this place was excellent! I had the raw latter (a signature drink) and it was delicious! The perfect roast with a subtle hint of vanilla in the

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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I drove a half hour out of my way, JUST to go here. After reading all the rave reviews, I knew I just had to try it out...and I am not a coffee fanatic....I may only drink 5 cups a year. To be honest, I felt intimidated walking in. Everyone seemed so chill and relaxed (the sun was lighting up... More 

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Petoskey, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I am so happy that I found this cute little coffee house in West Asheville! I wasn't sure what to order, so the Barista gave me a sample of their speciality iced coffee- It was spectacular. Since it was a cold day though, I ordered a hot coffee and muffin. Both were beyond what I expected. I loved the very... More 

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Rome, Georgia
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61 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a west asheville coffee house. There are several. This one is more subdued, laid back. It is in an old house. It has two picnic tables outside, a porch and two rooms inside. Of course the main issue is the coffee. It is excellent. I was only in Asheville overnight this tme but came here both Saturday and... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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89 reviews 89 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This is not just your regular coffee shop. This is serious coffee business. Be ready to be blown away with some of the best bean you've ever tasted and brewed in a very rare method. My husband, a coffee fanatic, is VERY picky about his coffee. He must have the best of the best, and the best tools to brew... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

What a glorious cappuccino I had there. Smooth, bold, dare I say darn near perfect. Also a lovely square something with raspberries in it that wasn't too sweet or too tart. The Barista clearly knew what he was talking about and what to recommend to everyone. All that and a nice calm atmosphere. Fantastic.

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I can't speak to other coffee places in Asheville. I came to Waking Life because I heard it had the best espresso, and that coffee was their passion. This passion is what is lacking in 99% of the gourmet coffee shops around the USA. True to the reviews, the espresso shots, and the macchiatos were perfecto. I returned again and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 976 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: (828)505-3240

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?