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Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe

55 Haywood St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801 USA

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“Top Independent Bookstore in America!”

I wanted Malaprop’s to be a place where poetry matters, where women’s words are as important as men’s, where one is surprised by excellence, where good writing has a home, where I could nurture my addiction to literature, and play, enjoy, and entertain people drawn to quality books.The abandoned state of downtown (you could walk 3 blocks in any direction before you found a door not nailed down) gave me the chance to invest all my money in inventory, since rent was almost free. My biggest inventory was in poetry and Southern literature. I wrapped every purchased book in the European tradition of craft paper and red ribbon. This was one of my earliest creative innovations: “Malaprop’s wrap.” Continuing this European flavor, we fixed up the basement and turned it into a café. By 1983, we were serving fruit salads, bagels and really good coffee. The café was a great success, despite the steep stairs customers had to negotiate to get down and up.

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Reviewed by
stephcook87

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
April 10, 2014

If you're a book lover, this is a must stop! Lots of author appearances and a great local/regional section

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Emily Gill

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  • 53 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
October 12, 2017
Rated 5.0

Cute little book store. It's very active in local events and has a great staff!

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Reviewed by
annachronism

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 14, 2015
Rated 5.0

The book shop is very quiet and serene. In fact, you can't take phone calls inside! I absolutely loved it and bought some local non-fiction as well as a gardening book. The espresso served at the cafe is delicious, and if you're looking for a summer treat I'd recommend an iced mocha.

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Reviewed by
jankellis

  • 25 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
April 05, 2015
Rated 5.0

Fabulous independent bookstore. Stop by and explore the rooms filled with books and grab a snack in the cafe.

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Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe

55 Haywood St
Asheville, North Carolina
28801 USA

Hours

Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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