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Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe

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55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-6734
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 40
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 2
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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
One of Our Favorite Stops in Asheville!

This indie bookstore has a wide selection of books, unique atmosphere and great customer service. The books are organized by topic with additional selections such as staff favorites, banned books, local authors, autographed copies etc.. The staff is all knowledgeable and friendly. Besides... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This indie bookstore has a wide selection of books, unique atmosphere and great customer service. The books are organized by topic with additional selections such as staff favorites, banned books, local authors, autographed copies etc.. The staff is all knowledgeable and friendly. Besides books, there are stationary items, postcards, stickers, magnets and lots of interesting gift items. I also love... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

One of my favorite places to visit anytime I'm in Asheville! They always have events and book signings and seem to really connect authors to readers. I grabbed a tasty chai latte before browsing (the barista did NOT seem too happy to be there, but I think it was just one of those days), and could spend hours looking over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Basics - 1) Parking is either meter or a parking garage. 2) Handicap accessible (but very narrow in some areas of the store). 3) Reasonably priced. 4) Service is typical for a coffee bar. Be prepared to wait for a table (it's worth it!). My goodness, from the moment you walk in the door you will be hooked on... More 

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The perfect place to find a great book, relax with a cup of coffee and people-watch between chapters. One of the top Indie bookstores in the country and right in the middle of downtown Asheville. They are also terrific about ordering hard-to-find books and getting them to you usually within a week. My two favorite bookstores in the U.S.? Powell's... More 

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Western North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Malaprops is an independent bookstore where you can relax, read and have a bite in the middle of town. There are often things going on in the Cafe for some unexpected fun.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

So quaint - a little of everything offered. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Just sort of stumbled upon this shop but so glad we did.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

On a recent visit to Asheville, my husband and I strolled around the downtown area after lunch. As an avid reader, I cannot resist a good bookstore. I went in to look for a good book to read on my way home. The store had a nice selection of books. They advertised book signings by authors throughout the month. Many... More 

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asheville, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Malaprop's is a fabulous independent bookstore and cafe. They have readings by authors almost weekly. The cafe has a fairly small range of offerings, but the bookstore gives you an opportunity to be introduced to books you might not otherwise see -- books of local interest, books for feminists and a wide range of topics of interest to our community.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Well-stocked locally-owned small bookstore with helpful staff and displays featuring local authors. A coffee shop adds to the pleasure of browsing here.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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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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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: Cafe
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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