We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
226 Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301
304-342-1461
Website
Improve this listing
Today
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 46 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cozy, Hip, and with Character

A great place for casual browsing and conversation in downtown Charleston. More than bookstore, there is a funky art gallery and cafe. On weekend nights, there is usually live music - entertaining but not intrusive to conversation. The cafe owner also has an interest in a microbrewery that is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Jerry G
Add Photo Write a Review

46 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A great place for casual browsing and conversation in downtown Charleston. More than bookstore, there is a funky art gallery and cafe. On weekend nights, there is usually live music - entertaining but not intrusive to conversation. The cafe owner also has an interest in a microbrewery that is around the corner, so there is also fresh beer on tap;... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very nice bookstore with a lot to offer but I seriously wish they would do something with their coffee. It is so weak I poured the last cup I bought there down the drain. The dark roast variety is the color of tea. I hope someone there see this.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Silver Spring, Maryland
Level Contributor
26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Great coffee and sandwiches, very nice bookstore, and attached to an art gallery! Plus they have some outdoor seating. So glad we found Taylor Books Cafe! Love this place!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Level Contributor
94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Taylor Books is an eclectic and awesome. If you're the kind of person who seeks out independent bookstores, you'll want to visit. The store has new as well as a small section of used books. There is an art gallery attached on one side, a cafe on the other, and a clay studio in the basement. And if that is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We happened upon this book store after dining nearby and walking off dinner. Unfortunately, we were too full to try any of the tempting treats in the cafe. But if you're looking for a small bite, this would be worth investigating. Not only was there an eclectic selection of books, there was a room to the side with artisan goods.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
63 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This place was okay. My latte was not very hot, but I've only been once. There is 15 parking right up the street, so it didn't take me long to run and grab something. Neat maps and decor.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charleston, West Virginia
Level Contributor
23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I love this coffee shop/book store. It's just a fun and relaxing place to be. Today I enjoyed the no-bake cookie. It was awesome.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Midlothian, Virginia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Does not feature an extensive menu, but the atmosphere is wonderfully eclectic. The combo of used books, new titles and artwork can seduce you to while away the hours here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charleston, West Virginia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

When I graduated from college and was looking into a job, I spent hours upon hours in the comfy chair by the window with my own little lamp, table, and electrical outlet station. I could search the web for the next step on my journey on their free wi-fi and never have to worry about any of my electronics dying... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charleston, West Virginia
Level Contributor
105 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Perhaps not the biggest or best place for food itself in Charleston, but it is very nice to come in for a cup of coffee or tea, a little something to eat (like the tiramisu), and to sit surrounded by books and the soft murmur of other readers. If you're so inclined, you might even take a seat by the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Taylor Books Cafe also viewed

 

Been to Taylor Books Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 226 Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301
  • Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: 304-342-1461

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Cafe
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Taylor Books Cafe and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Taylor Books Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?