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Upstart Crow

835 W. Harbor Drive at Kettner Boulevard, Seaport Village, San Diego, CA (Downtown)
1-619-232-4855
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Ranked #13 of 57 Shopping in San Diego
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
Owner description: An amusing little bookstore filled with eclectic and charming curios, books, stationery, toys and...
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Owner description: An amusing little bookstore filled with eclectic and charming curios, books, stationery, toys and San Diego-related literature.

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Trondheim, Norway
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Seaport Village is a charming place with lots of charming little shops, but the most charming of them all is definitely the Upstart Crow. This is a combined bookstore and coffee house. The two aren't clearly separated and you can drink your coffee while playing a game or checking out the fiction books. There is also an upstairs area with... More 

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Northern New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I rarely take the time to review shops, but I had to make an exception for the Upstart Crow. It is (1) so much more than a bookshop and (2) the best bookshop I've ever been in--there isn't even a close second. If you go to the Seaport Village or if you're just in the general downtown waterfront area, it's... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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77 reviews 77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Great books, gifts, coffee, teas and atmosphere!!! Relaxing, great energy and so peaceful. Muffins to go with that coffee? Step outside and enjoy your refreshments at a table with great views of a pond with ducks and birds. See the sailboats going by on the ocean. Take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings, tea and a good book.

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tucson az
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Upstart Crow is the main reason to go to Seaport Village. It is a cozy 2-story building that feels like a large sea-side house, jam-packed with books, They also carry unique gifts and specialty books. There also is a cute loft with children's books and magazines. There are chairs with games around the inside and outside of the shop. The... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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103 reviews 103 reviews
32 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

This was a nice find in the Seaport Village area of San Diego. They have a great bookstore shop with tons of fun books and other oddities. The coffee smelled fantastic though we had to pass. Definitely a fun place to visit if you are in the area.

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New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

I was so disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to fully explore this bookstore located in Seaport Village. Not only does it have tons of books but they have a nice café and book themed items for purchase. If I’m ever back in San Diego I’ll go back to the Upstart Crow.

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New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

My friends and I love a good bookstore, so when we saw the Upstart Crow we figured it was worth a look. The store is as cool and interesting as the name implies. It was full of not only great books, but lots of fun literature related novelty items. Plus, they serve coffee, hot chocolate, and assorted treats. I could... More 

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Scottsdale, AZ
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

We love to stop in the Upstart Crow Bookstore in Seaport Village. They have a great selection of books, calendars and cards and serve great coffee drinks and some sweet treats. We always find something to buy when we browse the store.

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