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Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe

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55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2834
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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Barcelona, Spain
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently dropped into the adjacent bookstore to look for a map. At first, I wasn't thinking of having coffee. I hadn't had a great cup on the entire 9-day trip and I was a bit off of it. Without expecting much, I ordered a cappuccino and it was excellent! Addiction restored! Thank you, Malaprop's, for the shot I needed.

Thank Robert M
Davidson, North Carolina
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We heard all good things about this hot spot for book lovers in Asheville. We had fun browsing around - this place is so enticing because it has hard copies of books that are not always found easily in major booksellers. This may be a controversial comment but I actually enjoyed the sister store, Downtown Books & News, more because... More 

Thank Amanda M
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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137 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in to get out of the rain. The downtown is so busy; this is a welcome respite. We got a huge 'chocolate cigar.' So decadent. Also a chai latte, which had this great spice flavor in it. Nice place to hang out. Staff was helpful, there's a person stationed right by the door so you can ask questions right... More 

Thank foxsocks
Irvine, California
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204 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

Malaprop's is in all the guidebooks for a reason - it's a wonderful old-school independent book shop with knowledgeable staff who read what they sell.

Thank eheyman
New Orleans, Louisiana
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88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Love, love, love this book shop, which always has an interesting selection, including staff picks and lots of books of local/regional interest. Love the selection of knick knacks, literary miscellania, and humorous magnets. It's clear that this shop functions as a community gathering spot. We make a point of stopping in every time we're in Asheville and spending a few... More 

Thank NOmadfolk2
Asheville, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Malaprop's is locally owned and seeks to support local/regional authors of all genres as well as carrying nationally-sold titles. They host frequent signings or lectures of interest to the community and are involved in improving the quality of life for all. Books for all ages are available and the staff is very knowledgable. They have a cafe in-store

Thank Debbie P
Nashville, Tennessee
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

Whenever I travel on business with work colleagues, we try to find a local independent bookstore and I usually go right for the regional nonfiction section. Malaprop's has one of the best. I love the vibe in this store, which is part of Asheville's vibrant downtown atmosphere. Selection is good, whether you're looking for books, gifts, or a good cup... More 

Thank nashvillewriter
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

The bookstore is a throwback to decades ago. It has survived in a day where online book sellers have put a lot of other book retailers out of business. The bookstore has a lot of very interesting events to capture the local reading audience. They have popular books but also very unique and local books. The bookstore is a highlight... More 

Thank Mark H
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

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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105 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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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