Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville

(4.3/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • 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. Ti...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 nee...  more »
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  • 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 each weekend from my then home in Hickory, NC, to enjoy the charm of Asheville. Being a book lover, Malaprops was a magnet. I was lured in by the aroma of delicious coffee wafting out to the sidewalk and by the interesting window decor. Once inside, the store was like a good book--I didn't want to turn the last page, didn't want my visit to end. Indeed Malaprops was the lure that hooked me into moving to Asheville. Once here it was a faithful, enduring anchor, nurturing my love of books and like-minded people until my roots took hold. Today, Asheville is truly home---despite my grousing about it's wild growth spurt. Malaprops has changed a bit through the years, but it is still that warm and welcoming space that I retreat to when I seek community, when I'm sad, when I need to recharge my batteries, when I just want to see the familiar faces that have become my friends over the years even though they don't know my name. This week I was lucky to be there to enjoy a reading by two-time poet laureate Billy Collins. Listening to him and meeting him afterward, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. It is now several days later and the magic of Billy's visit is still with me. Thank you Malaprops for bringing him to your store. For this poetry fan, it was like Elvis or the Beatles coming to town and giving a concert in my living room. I'm still pinching myself!
  • 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.
  • Best bookstore I've ever been to. Banned books, date with a bookseller, and attached coffee shop are all great.
  • 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.