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Little Switzerland Books & Beans

9426 Highway 226a, Little Switzerland, NC 28749-9100
+1 828-766-2601
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“beans” (11 reviews)
“pastry” (5 reviews)
“cakes” (2 reviews)
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9426 Highway 226a, Little Switzerland, NC 28749-9100
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This unique place makes quality handcrafted espresso drinks, especially flavored lattes, or just have a cup of brewed coffee. They have a case with an impressive array of pastries, or just a quick to-go sandwich. The used book selection is awesome!

Thank Harry P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this little shop. Besides the books and coffee It had a mixture of new novelty items, and handmade items. They have a section of old and rare books and well as first editions. I will definitely be back!

Thank cwalkerm20
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing book store! Even if you aren't a reader you need to check it out! Several floors and full of books at every twist and turn. Beautiful woodwork! You can get coffee or hot chocolate and baked goods too. Comfy places to...More

Thank Indymom1
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Anytime I visit, this is my daily stop for coffee and sometimes a pastry. Great coffee as well as just about any other form of coffee / tea you would want from a coffee shop. Awesome unique pastries that do not come across as your...More

Thank lf479
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I enjoy books stores. This one has only or mostly rare first edition books for collectors or whoever seeks those relics. Not my thing but obviously appeals to others because it is still in business. Worth seeing.

Thank FredLawrence_NC
Books_Beans, Manager at Little Switzerland Books & Beans, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

You must have missed the entire back section of the store! First editions are in the front room, and there are two more floors of books of EVERY type in the rest of the store. Maybe you can come back and visit again sometime. Thanks.

Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

A real surprise with good food, coffee, local art, and used books. Close to The Switzerland Inn it is zest to visit and definitely worth stopping.

Thank Annie H
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Had coffee and pastries here last week during our visit to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. The place sells a wide variety of coffee (black, cappuccino, etc) and pastries (muffins, tarts, cakes) which we enjoyed for our breakfast.

Thank asmedeiros
Reviewed 2 November 2016

My wife and I stayed in Little Switzerland for a couple of days. After driving and visiting local attractions we were in need of a coffee. Books & Beans was a great place to kick back with a great caffe latte, visit with other travelers...More

Thank Joe E
Reviewed 4 October 2016

They have outstanding coffee, pastries and other refreshments as well as several thousand books, some of which you probably haven't read. There are also some inexpensive and high-end local arts and crafts suitable for any dwelling modest or extravagant. There are many one-of-a-kind items there...More

Thank Michael O
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Great coffee and homemade pastries from Spruce Pine. Unique books, gifts and crafts in their upstairs shop. Super Friendly owners/employees strike up nice and genuine conversation. I'm glad we stopped here for coffee.

Thank Goozie40
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Restaurant Details

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Parking Available, Takeout
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9426 Highway 226a, Little Switzerland, NC 28749-9100
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Little Switzerland
  • Phone Number: +1 828-766-2601
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This hidden gem high in the NC mountains has something for everyone! Voted Best Coffee on the Blue Ridge parkway, and Best in WNC. We use fresh beans from Beanwerks in Asheville, NC, but it's our spring water and beautiful antique espresso machine that make all the difference. Come by during your travels, peruse the 30,000+ books, antiques, local arts and crafts, and of course sip on your favorite coffee drink! NOW serving smoothies and frappes as well. Indoor seating by the antique fireplace, or outside seating on our covered front porch. Located next to the Switzerland Cafe, home of killer sandwiches, barbeque, salads, and soups.
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