The Curiosity Shop - a place for you to explore new ideas through great books and intriguing conversations. Located in downtown Murphy, next to the Daily Grind and Wine café, this charming bookstore invites you to pause a while and browse their eclectic selection of books, old and new: classics, bestsellers, memoirs, history, fiction, local literature, and loads of children's titles.


Visitors to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina find so much to explore: hiking the forests, boating and swimming in the lakes, kayaking and fishing the rivers. The Curiosity Shop has a variety of maps, guidebooks, and camping and survival handbooks to help you find your adventure. And we have lots of local and regional history and literature to connect you with our Appalachian heritage.


The Curiosity Shop is also known as a fun place to shop for unique gifts.  We have an ever-changing array of jewelry, local crafts, baskets, candles, greeting cards, shirts and caps, games and toys.  Shoppers are always welcome to enjoy a cup of coffee from the Daily Grind & Wine while they browse and chat with our friendly staff.We welcome phone and email inquires, always glad to help you find that "out of print" or "hard to find" book; and we also offer shipping to your home.

Store Hours

Monday - Friday
10 - 5

10 - 4