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The Booksmith

1644 Haight St. between Clayton and Cole, San Francisco, CA (The Haight)
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Ranked #27 of 218 shopping in San Francisco
Traveler Description: The Booksmith is a clean and friendly independent bookstore located in the heart of San Francisco's famous Haight-Ashbury district. It is, however... more »
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a perfect bookstore: not too large, not too small, not too radical, not too straight, friendly to all ages. Great staff with great taste. And a perfect escape from the touristy Haight.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

i love this place and i only try to buy books from here. The staff is super knowledgeable. They also have cute stationary and games.

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Encinitas, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Finally somewhere with more books than junk (hear me B&N). Great shop to discover new authors, enjoy some staff recommendations, or just talk the joy of reading with the staff. A book lover's jewel in the Haight.

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012 via mobile

This is one of my favorite businesses in the Haight. Clean, good stock, and helpful staff. I live in the neighborhood and stop by frequently. They're happy to special order for you and I've spent a lot of time just browsing. I'm a big fan of independent bookstores and The Booksmith is one of the best.

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Dallas, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Hot off of visiting Powell's in Portland the day before, I thought I would continue my dreamy I-want-to-live-in-a-bookstore adventure and go to The Booksmith. So, maybe my expectations were a little high, but The Booksmith only partially delivered. I can spend hours in bookstores and really did not feel that kind of nestling-in feeling I usually get surrounded by that... More

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