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The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

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640 Merrimon Ave. Ste. 103, Asheville, NC 28804
828-254-2224
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Late Night
Description: Homemade Ice Cream and Vegan Ice Cream. Organic Coffee & Espresso...
Homemade Ice Cream and Vegan Ice Cream. Organic Coffee & Espresso. Birthday Cakes and Parties. Locally owned.
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Visitor rating
  • 106
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Try the Aztec Chocolate

The Hop makes superb ice-cream, fresh from scratch and using the highest quality ingrediants. Every flavor I've tried is as good as could be... But the topper is Aztec Chocolate. Made with dark chocolate, cinnamon and chili powder, they hit just the right balance of all three (not easy) and it is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Jake B
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Asheville, North Carolina
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  • Families with children
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Asheville, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The Hop makes superb ice-cream, fresh from scratch and using the highest quality ingrediants. Every flavor I've tried is as good as could be... But the topper is Aztec Chocolate. Made with dark chocolate, cinnamon and chili powder, they hit just the right balance of all three (not easy) and it is off the charts.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I think I'll head there right now for a milk shake. You can't go wrong. Many favor choices - plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is the first place my family and I stop at,when we are in Asheville North Carolina, the milkshakes are to die for,they even have a lot of vegan ones,also gluten free ones. The food is delicious,the staff is wonderful

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Asheville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Service was good. But, the ice cream wasn't that great. I got the coffee and my companion got the chocolate chip. Wasn't that great. Would have given them two stars but the service wasn't bad. Friendly. Did not taste like homemade ice cream. Will not return.

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Baltimore, MD
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225 reviews 225 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

We came here with our kids and enjoyed the unusual flavors (including vegan and gluten free). The prices are very reasonable for what you get and like said, very tasty...whatever they do, the ice cream does not have that watery icy texture but all cream.

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Winter Park, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

When we walked in, the girls behind the counter were oh-so-friendly and offered our teenage girls samples while they decided. The chocolate and thin mint options were to die for! We loved the vegan options, as my boyfriend cannot have dairy.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

After reading good reviews we drove across town for ice cream. When we started to enter we noticed two dogs inside. We stepped aside and another one entered.I can't comment on the food because we left.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Beer flavored ice cream? Just one of many examples of creativity in flavors -- and they all seem to work. And it is also just plain good ol' ice cream

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My husband has an insatiable sweet tooth for the Hop - he loves their Oreo milkshake mixed with coconut milk. I prefer their salted caramel ice cream in one of their handmade waffle cones - possibly the best ice cream ever. Whatever you try, however, you won't be disappointed. From vegan-friendly favorites to old-fashioned ice cream, this place makes an... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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95 reviews 95 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I had the Salted Caramel and my husband had the Mexican Chocolate. We were both very impressed. All the ice cream is homemade and they have very innovative (and tasty) flavors, such as Blueberry Kale and Thai Curry. You can taste whichever ones you wish before you choose which flavor you would like. Love this cute and delicious ice cream... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 640 Merrimon Ave. Ste. 103, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: 828-254-2224

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 6
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Homemade Ice Cream and Vegan Ice Cream. Organic Coffee & Espresso. Birthday Cakes and Parties. Locally owned.
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?