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The Booksmith

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Address: 1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117-2816
Phone Number: +1 415-863-8688
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A Strong & Worthy Effort to preserve a local Bookshop ...

As week-long visitors (from Ireland) to San Francisco, we read about this Bookstore in one of the local Newspapers, and, as Book Lovers (+ believers in the importance of keeping... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As week-long visitors (from Ireland) to San Francisco, we read about this Bookstore in one of the local Newspapers, and, as Book Lovers (+ believers in the importance of keeping Bookstores alive), we said, if we can, we should visit and buy. So, we scheduled a visit to "Amoeba Music" (hugely disappointing) and discovered that "The Booksmith" was in the... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 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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