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Upstart Crow

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Address: 835 W. Harbor Drive at Kettner Boulevard, Seaport Village, San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 1-619-232-4855
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An amusing little bookstore filled with eclectic and charming curios...

An amusing little bookstore filled with eclectic and charming curios, books, stationery, toys and San Diego-related literature.

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Lovely seating area to enjoy coffee and a book

My husband was attending a conference in San Diego and I had a lot of time to kill and not enough reading material. The Upstart Crow, located in Seaport Village along the water... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland

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Canoga Park CA
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This bookstore has a very small selection of books. The vast majority of the store's merchandise is cards, toys, gifts and all kinds of cutesy stuff. They do have a large selection of Penguin classic books, but if you are looking for something more current, your choice is very limited. Yes, if you want coffee and comfortable chairs, it is... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My husband was attending a conference in San Diego and I had a lot of time to kill and not enough reading material. The Upstart Crow, located in Seaport Village along the water near the Convention Center, had a good selection of books and a great coffee bar. I loved the seating area with all sorts of different comfy chairs.... More 

1 Thank organicprof
Yorba Linda, California
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206 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Stopped by while visiting Seaport Village. Found a good cup of coffee and a nice area to sit and enjoy it. If you want to read, relax, people-watch, or play a large game of checkers, Upstart Crow works. Lots of interesting shopping and great selection of coffees to purchase. I bought the cinnamon, and the raspberry; found out that you... More 

Thank Tim_the_Enchanter417
Ascot, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Lovely place to hang out and relax. Good diverse selection of books, good coffee, yummy cakes. eclectic mix of music in th background. a real find in this tourist village. Plus if you make a purchase you can use the wifi. Those of us from Europe with high roaming charges need wifi!!!!

1 Thank Nikkisibley
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150 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Whenever we visit San Diego, we always stop at Upstart Crow to get their Chai Latte and to purchase greeting cards. They've got a fabulous selection of cards that always make us laugh. If you are looking for a unique gift or card, or just want a fun place to visit, stop by Upstart Crow in Seaport Village.

Thank Cleomissy
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124 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

Love this establishment for its independant spirit and style. Here, everyone is kind and customer oriented. While there, I noticed the staff went to lengths to access materials high on shelves while assisting a patron in a wheelchair. Have been back here multiple times for coffee and nice reads. Their patio is extra lovely.

Thank cote_style
United Kingdom
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49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Lovely unpretentious little bookstore / coffee shop that carries a wonderful range of both fiction & non-fiction titles, an amusing selection of the novel and the quirky (toys, novelties, postcards, ceramics, bags etc) and does a great line in delicious coffees (hot & cold) & cakes too. It's always bright and welcoming and for me at least there's no better... More 

Thank Rune R
Vancouver, Canada
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50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I love reading books and I love local bookstore. Upstart Crow is one of the best places to spend time in my visit to Seaport Village. I was attracted by the fresh coffee brewing smell and decided to get one. They do make great coffee! They carry a variety of games, books and souvenirs. They also have a great selection... More 

Thank Michael F
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I like the mix of coffee and books at this place. I had just a few issues--first, the bagels tasted about a day old. Second, I'm sure they have had shoplifting issues but still, the sign telling us that we are on camera, and the TV monitor showing multiple views of the store, sort of takes away from the laid... More 

Thank Faith H
key west
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38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Great reading material, excellent coffe shop and occassional entertainment. I enjoyed all of my visits to this book store. A wide variety of novelties, confections and reading materials including maps can be found here. Inside and outside seating is available. Game tables are available in the coffee shop dining area as well.

Thank gmwavon

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