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Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe

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55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-6734
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
An Asheville Treasure!

Malaprops is what a bookstore should be - a welcoming space filled with delights for book lovers of all ages and interests. The staff members really know their inventory and are always happy to help. And, the frequent talks by authors have become one of my favorite Asheville activities. Note... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
AHappyTraveler52
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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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Poole, United Kingdom
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328 reviews 328 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We stopped for a leisurely coffee and were rushed as they want dot set up the tables for the book club. Food choices just okay but the coffee was good.

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Malaprops is what a bookstore should be - a welcoming space filled with delights for book lovers of all ages and interests. The staff members really know their inventory and are always happy to help. And, the frequent talks by authors have become one of my favorite Asheville activities. Note: the store itself is dog-friendly but, if you want to... More 

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Rainsville, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Very homey appealing bookshop...the real version that big book store chains try to copy. Neat coffee and sandwich shop.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Love supporting independent bookstores...and Malaprop's and Downtown Books are fantastic examples! Always find an unexpected gem!

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Jonesborough, Tennessee, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Malaprop's is a stop we make every time we go to Asheville. I love that the cafe has the option of using a ceramic cup for dine-in. And when I do get a coffee or tea to go, it's not in styrofoam. Yay! Many of the snacks are local made and often we see a vegan snack or two. We... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

One of America's last great bookstores where anyone can find something that they want to read. It is places like this that keep me reading books instead of an e-reader because half the fun is wondering around the store and checking out all they have to offer.

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Augusta, Georgia
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76 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I love this place! It is Not a large bookstore, but authors adore it and support it with loads of booksignings. It is a quirky place and the staff are good. There is a section on local flora and fauna, great maps and local authors. The tiny cafe makes some lovely coffees and Italian sodas. The bathroom is clean and... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We stopped in at Malaprop's during our walk through downtown Asheville. We found Malaprop's to be a cool little bookstore in the heart of downtown. It has a café and plenty of space to relax and enjoy and book and a drink.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

What's not to love? Malaprop's offers a nice blend of local authors, unusual gifts, great coffee, and yummy pastries. Periodic book signings, poetry readings, and other author events make this one of the most "connected" book shops in WNC. The community bulletin board is a "must read" to find out what is happening in Asheville and beyond. Great shop, perfect... More 

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birmingham
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

nice indy bookstore located downtown. always having book signing and discussions. the staff is very knowledgeable. the cafe is also good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: 828-254-6734

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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