Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville

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4.3/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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  • 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. 
  • I am a book-lover, so this was the first place I wanted to go when we got to Asheville. Malaprop's has been highly recommended to me for years, and now I know why. This is a WONDERFUL independent book...  read more »
  • This bookstore is so quaint and unique. I miss book stores like this. They had a lot of local selections , which is something I really seek out when traveling. You should stop here and get a book or t...  read more »
  • We visited on July 4, visiting with some family. We have always enjoyed the eclectic feel of this bookstore. We try to support local businesses, whenever we can. We ordered a decaf latte at the counter, and were served such a bitter drink, that we could not drink it. I asked the "barista" , if he could add some foamed milk to make it drinkable. I couldn't"t believe, when he told me that he would have to charge me for it. After much arguing, he finally added some cold milk, which did not help, and we tossed the coffee. He created a very confrontational situation, that he could have avoided, had he just apologized, and made it right. The young man (a somewhat pale tween) still has to learn a lot about customer service.
  • Pleasant and warm independent-run bookstore and coffeehouse. It's nice to just go here, buy a book, and curl up with it sipping warm coffee as the rain pours down onto the city outside. They have cool literary merchandise too.
  • I'm always interested in visiting independent bookstores. And, well, I'm especially interested in the poetry section. Malaprop's is kind of known among poets because of its reading series--a point which made my visit even more poignant, as I wanted to see how this bookstore arranges itself with so much poetry traffic going through it. Most surprising of all was the display table dedicated only to Copper Canyon books. I'm not sure I've seen anything like that before. And then there were books by the poets who will be going through to read. Another interesting point. I personally would have liked to find more surprises in the poetry section. But, then, I have really hopeful expectations for all poetry sections. As a bookstore, I appreciated the bookseller aspect to it. The children's book section was fun and felt special for the kids. My favorite is Malaprop's have a blind date with a book section. My sister went for one of the books, and, major, major coincidence, the book that she picked out was a book she and I had been talking about just that morning. For that alone, it felt as though Malaprop's was a 6 * place.
  • Community staple! One of my favorite places to have a coffee and a cookie and a book and hang out:) So sweet and enchanting. A good old fashioned locally owned bookstore with great staff and great coffee... actually, the bookstore staff is nice but the baristas are never smiling... kind of weird, but I love this place anyway:) Smile guys!
  • Why in the world would you want to spread hatred via your bookstore? On March 24, you have invited Jeff Halper, who is a proponenent of the hate group BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction), which exists solely to destroy the state of Israel. This group incites violence and anti-Semitic actions. This is not the kind of activity I expect from a responsible bookstore that should encourage truth and civil dialogue. Please consider retracting this invitation. Thank you.
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