Banner Elk isn’t just a town of beautiful mountains, top tier ski resorts, and charming Southern hospitality – it’s also home to some of the High Country’s best coffee shops, perfect for jumpstarting a day outdoors or warming up after hitting the slopes. Whether you’re looking for a cozy rest stop, a local hangout, or just your daily caffeine kick, keep reading to find some of our favorite spots.
Fred & Larry’s Coffee
Since 2012, Fred and Larry’s Coffee has been a local favorite for coffee aficionados and casual drinkers alike. Started by two brothers with a passion not only for coffee but also for the local community, Fred and Larry’s is ideal for those looking for handcrafted drinks in a warm and friendly environment. With open mic nights, live music, and various artworks decorating the shop, you’ll come for the coffee and stay for the experience.
If you’re just passing by as you make your way through the Blue Ridge Mountains, don’t worry! Fred and Larry’s sells their coffee beans on their website, made exclusively with local North Carolina roasters. You’ll also be able to find jewelry and paintings for sale if you’re looking to bring a little bit of that High Country charm back home.
Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge
Located in beautiful downtown Banner Elk is Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge, a hole-in-one for all your food and drink needs. Those simply seeking a cup of coffee and a warm treat can head straight to the espresso bar, where a friendly barista will guide you through the coffee menu and fresh baked goods. But don’t cut yourself short – there’s also an ice cream shop and smoothie bar, as well as two restaurants serving delicious gourmet foods from all over the world.
Grab your cup of joe and head over to one of the four heated patios to enjoy your day and the bright High Country sun – or, if you’re looking to have a relaxing night out, don’t miss the local musicians who play every Saturday evening.
Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea Co.
It doesn’t get more cozy than Mountain Grounds Coffee, which you can find right next to Sugar Mountain if you’re craving a little warmth after a day out on the snow. Filled with comfy couches and friendly baristas – as well as an extensive menu of locally ground coffees, fresh brewed teas, and warm hot chocolates – you can easily spend an afternoon lounging in the homey shop with a drink and baked treat in hand.
Whether you’re looking for a simple cup of coffee or something a little sweeter (check out their caramel salt latte if you’ve got a sweet tooth!), Mountain Grounds has a little something for everyone. With a tv and even board games for customers to play, you might have just found your new go-to coffee spot.
Here in the High Country, there’s a little something for everyone – not just when it comes to our outdoor activities and attractions, but our coffee shops, too. No matter the season or occasion, head over to any of these Banner Elk favorites to warm up and relax the next time you’re in town.