New York City may have the biggest rep for the most word nerd locals, but out on the west coast we know there’s a hell of a lot of literary blood to be had as well (you have heard of City Lights, yes?). We’ve broken down our three of our top bookstores of the Bay Area below.
This little Berkeley establishment sits perfectly on College Avenue, serving the greater community with its selection of garden and literary arts. Pop on in for some quality recs, fantastic gifts, and perhaps an author’s event (we recommend—they’re wonderful.) // 2904 College Ave, Berkeley
Browser Books really falls into that “small but mighty” ideology. With narrow shelves spilling over with fiction, nonfiction, children’s lit, picture books, poetry, and more, we find it impossible to step in without leaving a little heavier and a lot happier. // 2195 Fillmore Street, Pacific Heights SF
East Bay Booksellers
Formerly Diesel Books, East Bay Booksellers is fresh and modern, with all the classic reliability we expect to gather from fine booksellers. We especially love their displays and staff recommendations. // 5433 College Ave, Oakland
Isabella Welch is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in history. Her writing has been featured in history journals, travel blogs, arts & culture magazines, and more. Director of Editorial & Creative Development at Bob Cut Mag, lover of stories and tinto de verano, she’s usually found wandering the Headlands.