Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

55 Haywood St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801 USA

200 Reviews
Closed Now
Opens Wed 9a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Not Wheelchair
  • Wifi
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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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Christina W.

What a great bookstore! It has everything you can hope to find. Every section is well-labeled; the variety is very wide for the size of the store. It reflects what a local bookstore should be all... Read more

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Bekke S.

I can't say enough good things about this bookstore. It is legitimately one of my favorite places in the world. I have family in Asheville so I've been coming to this business off and on for the... Read more

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Lindsay H.

We initially tried to go to the Battery Park Book Exchange, but it was closed and honestly...we are thrilled. A few shops we loved recommended Malaprop's and it was just such a lovely store. It is... Read more

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

55 Haywood St
Asheville, North Carolina
28801 USA


Closed Now
  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Coffee
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Outdoor Seating
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