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Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe

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55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2834
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good for browsing and buying. Especially for local information and literature. My personal favorites were the "yay" magnets that were featured throught the store.

Thank Miku S
Orlando, Florida
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101 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Needed a latte. Needed a new read. And voila! Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe was there to meet my needs. I had a delicious salted caramel latte with just the right amount of sweetness to fuel my hours of browsing in their amazing bookstalls. I came away with some delicious new reads from their well-curated regional fiction wall AND the lovely... More 

Thank Livingwatergirl
Homosassa, Florida
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great stop for eclectic book shopping. There is a wide variety of topics in a wonderful atmosphere.

Thank SheilaTsuri
Knoxville, Tennessee
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114 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I bought a red coffee mug from Malaprops last year that said: EAT SLEEP READ. It is m go-to mug every morning. When we were in Asheville, had to stop at Malaprops again. This time I noticed the store was much bigger -- hadn't noticed it last year. A fun place to browse with several oddities.

Thank bmc007
Boca Raton, Florida
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I could spend hours at this charming bookstore. Love everything about it - books, displays, cafe, gifts and staff.

Thank stacy
Sevierville, Tennessee
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106 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited this place before and had an ice cream, but last weekend, we stood amid the stacks of books and enjoyed looking at all kinds of books for about 45 minutes. The atmosphere is very relaxed, upbeat, and pleasant. Have a coffee or latte and enjoy an afternoon.

Thank Deborah S
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55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Every time I've ever walked into this place when in Asheville, I either don't get greeted or get greeted by an employee with a bad attitude. This past weekend will be my last stop in here. Same bad attitude I'm normally greeted by with dirty coffee tables and an Italian soda that turned my stomach and my fiancés. I'm assuming... More 

Thank Emily M
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Great little independent bookstore. Loved that they had books by local autors and books about the surrounding area.

Thank WGD10
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I just love this store! I lived in Asheville for about a year and a half and every single time I take a trip back there I HAVE to stop at this place. Amazing atmosphere, unique selection and set-up, and I just love all of the knick-knacks and quirky toys they have as well. If you're a book nerd, you... More 

Thank Lara A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,916 reviews
1,266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,517 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing little coffee shop inside an even more awesome bookstore. I definitely recommend coming in for a coffee and perusing the books and such while you enjoy it.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2834
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: 828-254-6734

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