Best Independent Book Stores in San Diego

Find new, used and unique books in the best book stores in San Diego.
Find new, used and unique books in the best book stores in San Diego. Tuan Tran/Moment/Getty Images

San Diego is home to many independent book stores that are perfect for spending a sleepy afternoon in – even if it’s a sunny one (us San Diegans can’t be outside all the time). Here is a list of the best book stores in San Diego, depending on your interests and book needs.  

Warwick’s Booksellers

Warwick’s is located in downtown La Jolla and is the country's oldest family-owned book store. Warwick’s carries new releases and old classics in a bright, inviting setting. Warwick’s also sells stationary and gift items. Those who have a favorite author should keep an eye on Warwick’s schedule of events, which include book readings and signings, as the book store gets a high caliber of writers from all around the world visiting its shop.
Address: 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla

Bluestocking Books

Bluestocking Books is located in Hillcrest and carries used books of most subjects and genres. Bluestocking Books also lets you trade in books for store credit.  This is definitely a San Diego book store good for browsing as you never know what book gems you’ll come across during your time at Bluestocking Books.
Address: 3817 5th Avenue, San Diego

D.G. Wills Bookstore

D.G. Wills Bookstore is a La Jolla-based store that specializes in scholarly and academic books as well as hard to find titles from the 18th and 19th century. Whether you’re a mathematician, scientist or literary nerd, you’re bound to find some enjoyment and wonder in D.G. Wills Bookstore.  
Address: 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla

Yellow Book Road

Parents, rejoice! You have a book store in San Diego that is ideal for kids to read in and just be their childhood selves without you having to worry about them being too rambunctious. That’s because Yellow Book Road is a book store just for kids located in Liberty Station and carries a wide selection of books. Yellow Book Road also does author events for kids periodically.
Address: 2750 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego

Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow is an eclectic book store and coffee shop located in Seaport Village. They carry new releases as well as old. In addition, Upstart Crow has a quaint little children’s section on its second floor, which you’ll ascend to via some steps prettily painted with quotes. Upstart Crow also has a great selection of quirky greeting cards and creative gifts.
Address: 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego

Mysterious Galaxy Books

Fantasy and science fiction lovers will find their oasis at Mysterious Galaxy Books, which only carries books for those genres plus mystery and horror. The staff is well-read on these types of books and can make good recommendations based off of what you’re looking for.
Address: 7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego

Adams Avenue Book Store

Adams Avenue Book Store is a used book store that has an eclectic selection of books. You’ll feel like you’re walking into a book store from the past with its cozy atmosphere and old book smell. The two-story shop is also home to a couple cats, giving Adams Avenue Book Store a further homey feel. Adams Avenue has also taken itself into the 21st century by selling its books through its website as well.  
Address: 3502 Adams Avenue, San Diego

Do you have a favorite book store in San Diego to relax and browse in? What makes it special to you?