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Hidden Bookstores in San Diego

Despite the ease at which books can be bought and read through technological devices, there is still a large desire among readers to browse through real bookstores and hold physical copies of books. Throughout San Diego, there is an array of bookstores scattered throughout the city that caters to this need. Here are six of them that offer a unique flavor to the bookstore world.

La Playa Books

Located just five minutes from Point Loma Nazarene’s Campus, this homely bookstore is a mix of old books and new books. Opening its doors in October of 2016, the store sells every genre of you would want to find for a reasonable price. Come into this bookstore to be pulled into the long, narrow aisles of endless possibilities.

1026 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106

Bluestocking Books

Located in the neighborhood of Hillcrest, this bookstore fits right in. Offering mostly new books and a variety of titles with a unique and exploratory vibe, the casual feel of the store keeps you strolling through the stacks. With a mixture of gifts and knick-knacks strewn throughout, this welcoming store offers reasonable prices with some signed and collector’s books.

3817 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Verbatim Books

In the middle of one of North Park’s bustling neighborhoods lies Verbatim Books, a bookstore selling new and old books. With the option of trading in your own used books for 20% selling value in cash and 30% selling value in credit, this store offers mainstream books and out-of-the-ordinary books you might not come across anywhere else. Come to this bookstore to wander the aisles for hours.

3793 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Footnote Books

Just a slight distance from Verbatim Books, Footnote Books offers a truly hidden bookstore experience. Entering into the store is like stepping into a different atmosphere, and the wooden, windy bookshelves pull you deeper into the store. With better than average prices and a slant toward the intellectual and classic side, this bookstore offers a refuge of words you won’t want to leave.

1627 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Catapult Books

In the heart of South Park, this small bookstore has a heavy emphasis on fiction. With a glowing atmosphere and a feel-good vibe, this bookstore should not be hidden for anyone wanting to loose themselves in a good story. The selection of books are all new, and unique titles can be picked out among the must-haves.

3010-b Juniper St, San Diego, CA 92104

Bay Books

There are a lot of reasons to drive over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, and doing so in order to step into Bay Books in Coronado is one of them. All new books, the bookstore stands out among the tourist shops and restaurants that line the streets of Coronado. If you are looking for new and popular titles, this out of the mainstay bookstore might offer more than a few options.

1029 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118



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