The Hop Ice Cream Cafe
Asheville Ice Cream, Events and Parties

Happiness Through Ice Cream!


The Hop Ice Cream Cafe has been proudly serving Asheville, NC since 1978 with an imaginative yet classy array of homemade 16% butterfat, hormone and antibiotic-free Dairy Ice Cream, completely from-scratch Vegan Ice Cream and Sorbet, fair-trade/organic Coffee and Espresso, unique specialty desserts and more. In addition The Hop(s) host a variety of Birthday Parties, weekly Free Family Friendly Entertainment, and whimsical special events at each of its three Asheville locations. Ashley and Greg Garrison, owners and joy makers, began working at The Hop in 2003 as UNC Asheville students, then took the reins in 2008, and have since happily endeavored to create a genuinely positive community-minded business around delicious hand-crafted Ice Cream.


Voted to the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Hall of Fame for Best Asheville Ice Cream. Named by Huffington Post and Domino Magazine as one of the 12 Best Ice Cream Shops in America. Featured on the Cooking Channel show Unique Sweets about Awesome Asheville Sweets . VegNews gave The Hop a Vegan Ice Cream Shout in 8 Outrageous Vegan Scoops at Ice Cream Shops Nationwide. The ever-fresh and truly delightful Blueberry Kale Ice Cream made Saveur Magazine’s 5 Great American Ice Creams and was North Carolina’s featured flavor in “Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States”, by Lindsay Clendaniel.

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Ashley and Greg Garrison

Owners Ashley and Greg Garrison.
Photos by Micah Mackenzie and Inspired Life Photography.

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Special Occasion Ice Cream Related Celebrations!

the hop birthday parties

Birthday Parties

The Hop has two locations perfect for Parties, which have activity options for varying budgets and ages. Click here for packages and prices. Also great for Baby Showers, Graduation Celebrations or any Private Gathering. For booking contact Gretchen Ledmor

the hop catering


Elegant custom Ice Cream Cakes, fun and exciting Sundae Bars or hand-crafted Scoops of your favorite flavors - all perfect for Weddings, Rehersal Dinners and Welcome Parties. To set up an appointment contact Ashley Garrison.

the hop ice cream cakes

Events and Catering

Celebrating students or employees, organizing a block party, indoor/outdoor festival, fundraiser for a non-profit, school function for the PTO or any special event? The Hop can be there! And with Ice Cream! To book The Hop contact Greg Garrison.

Ice Cream Flight Nights at The Creamery Fridays 3-9pm - 167 Haywood Rd!

The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

Open Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 12-10pm.
640 Merrimon Ave. 828.254.2224.
Dairy & Vegan Ice Cream and Sorbet, Specialty Desserts, Birthday Parties, Weekly Free Family Friendly Events, PennyCup Coffee and Espresso, Free WiFi.

The Hop West

Open Daily 12-11pm.
721 Haywood Rd. 828.252.5155.
Dairy & Vegan Ice Cream and Sorbet, Specialty Desserts, Free Family Friendly Events, PennyCup Espresso, Free WiFi.

The Hop Black Mountain

Open Daily 12-9pm.
114 Cherry St. 828.357.5461.
Homemade Ice Cream now in Downtown Black Mountain! Located at 114 Cherry St next to My Father's Pizza.