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Malaprop's Bookstore

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Address: 55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2834
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+1 828-254-6734
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 19:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 21:00

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Yea for Local, Independent Bookstores!

Fun, funky booksellers. I hope I can come back and add photos! We spent time there Saturday night before our dinner reservations. They had a lecture happening and I liked... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh, NC
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fun, funky booksellers. I hope I can come back and add photos! We spent time there Saturday night before our dinner reservations. They had a lecture happening and I liked that they had a sign on the front door asking people to be mindful of that. Lots of fun sections--banned books, etc. I found a beautiful card for my husband... More 

Thank Belletrist21
Collierville, Tennessee
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43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a quirky fun place! Stayed most of the time in the kids section with our daughter but loved the "blind date" brown paper wrapped books! First time I've seen it and what a great gift idea even. Tickled by the Star Trek character finger puppet magnets and other unique gifts. The staff was helpful and kind to our precocious... More 

Thank Nancy B
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The blind date section of this store will rock your world. I picked up a fantastic read and I believe it will become a committed relationship.

Thank Leila C
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Sadly, where I live, these kinds of independent bookstores don't exist anymore. All we have are two Barnes and Noble. So, when I saw this listed in the Asheville section of our guidebook, I knew I needed to stop in. It so happened we just missed a Billy Collins reading that evening, but he was still in the store signing... More 

Thank luvglobetrottin
Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

A trip to Asheville from Cleveland and Toronto is not complete without a visit to Malaprop's Bookstore. Supporting independent bookstores is one of our passions. Malaprop's is one of the best we have visited and love to support. The breadth of topics with great selections is fantastic. We will be back.

1 Thank John P
Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Very nice selection of local and national writers in a perfect location in downtown Ashville. The café has good food and coffee and they host writers for book signings and lectures. I would love to call this my bookstore and will be back next trip to Ashville.

1 Thank Jim E
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36 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We loved our visit to this bookstore. A welcoming place that makes time standstill as you enjoy the variety.

1 Thank Kim B
Asheville, North Carolina
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This sweet bookstore is a treasured Asheville icon. I love the staff, the book selection, eclectic array of cards and wonderful events they host. But it is the atmosphere created by the serendipitous blending of all these ingredients that truly feeds my soul. My love affair with the store began over 15 years ago when I would drive two hours... More 

1 Thank Kerry D
Roanoke, Virginia
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

My husband and I were wandering around downtown while on vacation and went inside this store. I loved how many cute items they had for sale besides books. I wanted to buy more but only left with a magnet, postcard, and a stamp. Will definitely return if I'm ever in town again!

1 Thank crosschrispy
Cullman, Alabama
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Great place to browse around. A great selection and books and friendly service. They have lots of neat non-book items as well. Even my daughter who is not much of a reader enjoyed the store.

1 Thank Melanie4876

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