Top 5 Bookstores in San Diego

San Diego is known for its endless options for fun in the sun. But for bookworms and bibliophiles, the real fun happens in the aisles of a bookstore, perusing the page-turners and best-sellers. Whether you're looking for cookbooks, comics, or classics, one of these great local bookstores is sure to have it.


Warwick's claim to fame is that it is the country's oldest family-operated bookstore. This La Jolla jewel was opened in 1939 by W.T. Warwick, and has been a staple of the community ever since. Its events calendar is extensive, bringing celebrities, politicians, and well-known authors through its doors for readings and book signings. The well-read staff is eager to offer suggestions for every taste, and there's a variety of unique gifts and stationary to shop for, too.

Verbatim Books

A new addition to the San Diego book scene, Verbatim books is located in the heart of the North Park neighborhoods, close to coffee shops and live music venues. Its laid-back ambiance and well-curated selection of used books complements the vibe of this artsy neighborhood. You can roam around for hours exploring the inventory of literary gems, trade a few of your own books in for some news ones, and chat with the staff about their favorite recommendations.

Upstart Crow Bookstore & Gift Shop

Located in tourist-friendly Seaport Village, Upstart Crow Bookstore & Gift Shop is a beautiful, eclectic spot near the water with its own delicious selection of coffees and pastries. The first floor is stocked with shelves of books, gifts, and trinkets, with plenty of seating all around. Colorfully painted stairs lead up to the attic, where kid-friendly games and books are located. Occasional live music and book readings add to the cozy, cool ambiance.

Bluestocking Books

This charming little store in Hillcrest has both new and used books of all kinds. A quiet reprieve from the bustling neighborhood it inhabits, Bluestocking Books houses everything from contemporary fiction to children's books, and nearly every genre in between. The friendly staff will gladly help you find what you are looking for, and even special order it for you if needed. The trade-in policy allows you to sell some of your own books and use the credit towards new purchases – which always keep customers coming back for more.

Comickaze Comic Books and More

Comickaze is a home base for the comic-loving community in San Diego. With locations in both Liberty Station and Clairemont, Comickaze stocks a wide selection of comic books, graphic novels, manga, science fiction, collectables, figurines and clothing. Comic lovers come here to find both mainstream and lesser-known reads, browsing through the endless stacks and shelves of materials to find what they're looking for and to discover a few new things. Its also got a rich online community on its website.

Jamie Barber is a SoCal native residing in San Diego. For fun, she explores and writes about all of the food, libations, sports, and entertainment that San Diego has to offer. For not-fun, she works in the legal field.

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