San Diego Bookstores Worth a Visit

There’s always something to be said for delving into a great work of literature — especially while enjoying a vacation escape. That’s why enjoying a good book on a flight home, reading in the back seat on a road trip, or getting lost in a great story while relaxing poolside (or at the beach) are so popular. Luckily, San Diego bookstores are more than up to the task of keeping even the most voracious bibliophile well-supplied with an all-you-can-read buffet. In fact, the famous San Diego Book Crawl takes place from April 30 – May 2 this year, so there’s no better time to find your next engrossing read. 

In the mood for the next big story? Here are some fantastic places to find it.

Bluestocking Books (1.8 miles away)

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The welcoming (and wholly independent) Bluestocking has been appeasing the appetites of San Diego’s reading community for more than two decades. Their deep selection consists of new-release books, gently used titles, and even hard-to-find editions. Visitors will also discover a playful gifts section chock-full of postcards, small antiques and curiosities, so there’s sure to be something to tickle your fancy any time you stop in.  

3817 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103


Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (3.1 miles away)

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With a focus on sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, horror, and young-adult titles, the deep and wide-ranging selection at Mysterious Galaxy offers an infinity of escape within its countless covers. They also host regular author events where readers can meet and greet the scribes that give wings to their flights of literary fancy. The inventory is ever-changing, so every time you go, you’re sure to find something that will stimulate your imagination. 

3555 Rosecrans St #107, San Diego, CA 92110


Verbatim Books (4.8 miles away)

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You truly never know what you’ll find when you stop into Verbatim Books, but chances are it’ll be worth the trip. As promised on the mint-green façade, the curated selection of books inside range from “antiquarian” to contemporary and everything in between. Verbatim is also the premier place to go if you’re looking for local authors, micro-publishers, limited-run and first editions, and even work from area artists. 

3793 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104  


The Book Catapult (8.3 miles away)

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The Book Catapult has roots unlike any other bookseller in town. The store began as a blog about books before blogger Seth Marko and his wife Jennifer Powell decided to turn their passion for reading into a brick-and-mortar bookstore. It’s been a beloved South Park institution ever since. Although you’ll find volumes covering every subject within their walls, The Book Catapult specializes in fiction, children’s titles and local literature. Feel like grabbing a fresh pastry while you peruse? The Book Catapult partners with nearby Communal Coffee, so you can feed your mind as well as your appetite.  

3010-B Juniper Street, San Diego, CA 92104 


Warwick’s (11 miles away)

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The venerable Warwick’s is the country’s oldest family-owned bookstore, delighting San Diego’s literature lovers since 1896. You’re sure to feel every bit of that storied history (pun intended) when you step through the doors. Warwick’s not only houses a truly massive selection of books covering every subject and genre imaginable, their floorspace also incorporates a gift shop, featuring stationery, accessories, art supplies and more.  

7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 


D.G. Wills Books (11.1 miles away)

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Stepping through the door of D.G. Wills is like taking a trip back in time. The packed shelves are brimming with treasures everywhere you look, and the knowledgeable staff always seems to know just what you came in for — even if you don’t. Maybe that’s why they’ve spent their history hosting notable events with writers like Norman Mailer, Maureen Dowd, Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Edward Albee and Iris Chang.

7461 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037


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