18 of the world’s best cities for millennials
By: Emily Arno
Coming in at #3 on the list is Asheville, North Carolina!
3. Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina feels like a small town. It’s got a laid-back vibe going on and it’s tucked right into the Blue Ridge Mountains — so trails, rapids and Instagram-perfect outlooks are all just a 15-minute drive away. Downtown is easily walkable and there’s pretty much a great restaurant or two around every bend: Curate is the place to go for interesting tapas, Wedge is a great meet-up spot to just chill and drink a beer outside, Jack of the Wood always has a great band playing, and Over Easy is where you can nurse your Sunday hangover with lavender french toast topped with housemade granola and some lavender yogurt. If millennials were a brunch menu item, that lavender French toast is probably what we would be.
If you’re into the craft beer scene, this is probably the best city for you on this list. There are dozens of breweries varying from local standbys like Wicked Weed Brewing to new endeavors like New Belgium Brewing Company, which just opened its doors on May 2nd. To try them all, you really just have to go to the Thirsty Monk, which is a great brewpub because it not only features its own beers, but it supports everyone else’s as well.
Another great thing about Asheville is that it really nurtures a broad range of creativity. Matador editor Emma spent a week here and was able to attend an open mic pretty much every night. Some were at restaurants and bars, while others were at community centers and an antique marketplace. And while open mic nights in other cities are often just about the music, the ones in Asheville showcased poetry, comedy and political movement as well.