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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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Irvine, California
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200 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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87 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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118 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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

Thank stacy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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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