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The Booksmith

1644 Haight St. between Clayton and Cole, San Francisco, CA (The Haight)
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Ranked #20 of 222 Shopping in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Shops
Activities: Shopping
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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Castle Rock, Colorado
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Another great SF bookstore. Lots of fiction from other countries, some I've been looking for for a long time. Great stop! Lots of books bought and sent home.

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Maryland, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stopped in The Booksmith while visiting the Haight-Asbury neighborhood. It's a cute little shop with interesting items and books for sale. It was late in the evening an hour before closing... we were the only customers. As my 20 yr old daughter made a purchase I knowingly sat on a seat in the middle of the store next to... More

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

While browsing this lovely shop yesterday we looked up to see another patron, dressed only in a baseball hat and a sock (use your imagination) enter the store. Now, having seen a lot in SF over our visit, I believe we can now say we've seen it all! Well almost all (thankfully). A later Google search by our 15 year... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

Love the personal reviews all over the store on the shelves. Friendly staff and open late. Will definitely go back.

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Dallas, Texas
5 reviews 5 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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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89 reviews 89 reviews
13 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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