Top 5 Book Shops to Visit in San Diego

Although an Amazon store is on its way to San Diego, readers who prefer to support local bookstores have plenty of options. And what better day to celebrate them than Saturday’s Independent Bookstore Day? Here are four places to go shopping.

Here Are 5 Book Shops to Visit in San Diego.


  • Verbatim Books

  • Adams Avenue Book Store

  • Bluestocking Books

  • Upstart Crow

  • Mysterious Galaxy

1. Verbatim Books

Verbatim Books is a new addition to North Park’s lively University Avenue neighborhood. While the store’s shelves aren’t exactly brimming with books just yet, it does include a few special edition titles as well as a mix of classics and contemporary titles.

Address: 3793 30th St., North Park

2. Adams Avenue Book Store

This Normal Heights bookstore carries books on philosophy, history, and religion, as well as fiction and children’s books. Bonus for cat lovers: two feline booksellers prowl the store (and aren’t afraid of being photographed).

Address: 3502 Adams Ave., Normal Heights


3. Bluestocking Books

Bluestocking Books is located in Hillcrest and may be found by looking for the neon sign. Bring in your old books for credit, or simply peruse the store’s extensive variety of titles.

Address: 817 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest


4. Upstart Crow

This quaint Seaport Village bookstore is a nice location to read or people watch thanks to its mismatched seats and pop culture decor. Before taking off a corner with a book, grab a drink from the coffee shop in the middle of the store.

Address: 835C W. Harbor Drive, Downtown San Diego


5. Mysterious Galaxy

Mysterious Galaxy in Clairemont specializes in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and horror for all your Martians, (literary) murder, magic, and mayhem requirements. Every month, the shop presents a number of author events. On May 7 last year it will mark its 23rd anniversary with panels featuring young adult and mystery authors, as well as cake and a debate about dragons.

Address: 5943 Balboa Ave., Suite #100, Clairemont



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