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The Booksmith

The Booksmith

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco
41 Tips and reviews
  • books
  • novels
  • quiet
  • gifts
  • staff
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  • Aycan
    AycanDecember 3, 2017
    Amazing bookstore!
  • Raghav S.
    Raghav SethiDecember 2, 2017
    Handwritten notes describe books and why you should read them. Makes me want to read everything!
  • Jorge
    JorgeJune 28, 2017
    Amazin selection and organizing. There is a lot of stuff for kids, gifts, and bookish parafernalia. We spent so much more time than we thought 'cause it's all so interesting
  • Ava
    AvaMarch 10, 2017
    Such a nice layout and a great selection of books
  • SFist
    SFistJuly 22, 2016
    A helpful, friendly staff will help you find the latest twee periodical or the hottest beach read, and don't miss bizarre literary happenings like Shipwreck, a fan-fiction take down. Read more
  • Jones
    JonesJuly 3, 2016
    Well organized and lots of staff recommendations
  • Diana S.
    Diana SepúlvedaMay 13, 2016
    This place is amazing! Huge collection for sarcastics, rock and punk fans, illustration and design lovers.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviApril 1, 2016
    This is probably my favorite book store in SF, alongside City Lights
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 15, 2016
    Love the kids section. Great curated selection.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HPMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    interesting eventsthe place to be for book lovers
  • Mansi S.
    Mansi ShahMarch 3, 2016
    The recommendations attached to the books really help make this place amazing
  • Rachel
    RachelFebruary 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Possibly the best bookstore in San Francisco. Clear layout, peaceful atmosphere and useful recommendations from a friendly and knowledgeable team. Also offers a cute selection of cards and gifts.
  • Arjun S.
    Arjun SundararajanJanuary 13, 2016
    The middle section of games is gold. Great place to go pick your next White Elephant gift.
  • cami j.
    cami j.December 7, 2015
    this is my favorite bookstore in the city. the staff members make fabulous recommendations and are super helpful!
  • Stephanie E.
    Stephanie EscobarNovember 14, 2015
    Staff is VERY helpful!
  • Chris T.
    Chris TJuly 29, 2015
    Get a book and then a taco across the street @Street Taco
  • Chris T.
    Chris TJuly 29, 2015
    Great selections + look for the Employees book recommandations! Many different kids gifts too.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AizussJuly 3, 2015
    Impressive selection
  • Crystal K.
    Crystal KinneyJuly 3, 2015
    Amazing book selection!
  • Cagla I.
    Cagla IcacanFebruary 22, 2015
    There you'll definitely find what you're looking for, they have huge shelves full of many sorts of book.
  • Thaisa F.
    Thaisa FernandesFebruary 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cute bookstore <3
  • Kimmie N.
    Kimmie NguyenOctober 25, 2014
    Great gift wrapping and unique art books like the Tattoo Coloring Book an Hi-Fructose Collected Editions.
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Lots of readings, good book selection and recommendations, and also nice fiddly non-book stuff like cards and wrapping paper.
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FrancisSeptember 18, 2014
    Great collection of books on music, and spot-on staff picks.
  • June K.
    June KimAugust 20, 2014
    Awesome magazine/quarterly section.
  • Lesley K.
    Lesley KAugust 6, 2013
    A really fun book selection, for adults & kids!
  • Sally W.
    Sally WuOctober 28, 2012
    So many great postcards, books and collectibles!
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DraczynskiOctober 9, 2012
    Lots of great author talks and book signings here.
  • Krystha D.
    Krystha DartJanuary 18, 2012
    The employee recommendations are always really interesting. They write little blurbs underneath too that make it personal.
  • Dominic T.
    Dominic T.January 3, 2012
    Probably the most frequently asked question here is if there is a restroom. The answer is NO!
  • E M.
    E MixonNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    better card selection than most stationary & gift stores
  • Gina L.
    Gina LeungOctober 29, 2011
    Theyve got a great selection of cards.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST REIMAGINED BOOK STOREHandwritten recommendations next to books staffers love, & more than 200 in-store author readings per year... Read more
  • jon a.
    jon accarrinoApril 8, 2011
    Surprising lack of Lloyd Kaufman books.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JonesMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best bookstores in SF - great events, super staff, a regular stop on my weekly rounds.
  • beNOWtv
    beNOWtvSeptember 30, 2010
    If you're not in the neighborhood & but want to see and participate in some of booksmith's sensational author events check out for LIVE video & social interaction. Read more
  • Narguess M.
    Narguess M.July 21, 2010
    also loved the selection of cool books like american photobooth and what your pee says about u.
  • Narguess M.
    Narguess M.July 21, 2010
    love the gift wrap selection- map styles
  • The B.
    The BooksmithFebruary 26, 2010
    Future of magazines this Saturday @ The Booksmith. Derek Powazek, Jen Angel, Andrew Leland, Jeremy Smith, Kevin Smokler. Philz coffee, yummy snacks, five bucks. Bring fave mags to share! Read more
  • Alex B.
    Alex BJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Look for author-signed copies
  • Alex B.
    Alex BNovember 13, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    book order
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