Get Lit: Bay Area Literary Guide — Part I

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Calling all bookworms! Or people who enjoy literature–need to get that reading fix in? These local lit-havens are the perfects spots for any book doyen. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Book / Shop // 482 49th St Ste D, Oakland

This rare spot celebrates not only the printed word but the experience of reading as well. With a highly curated book selection, along with local art, objects, and furniture, it’s the hot spot for the bibliophile in everyone. This little shop is the oasis of indiviuality and expression.

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Dog Eared Books // 900 Valencia St, San Francisco

This cute, tight-fitting little hut in the Mission is a great stop on a Sunday afternoon waltz. While you’re grabbing a healthy green juice at Sidewalk juice, go ahead and grab a novel, indulge a little and absorb the home-like atmosphere. We’re sorry if you’ll be there for a while… Actually, no we’re not.

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Walden Pond Books // 3316 Grand Ave, Oakland

If you find yourself in Oakland, because hell you always are, make a stop at the bookshop that set famous authors, such as Daniel Alacron, Elaine Beale, and Anthony Boucher, a blaze. Hosting the rarest finds, Walden Pond is a Bay Area treasure we won’t give up easily.

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Green Apple Books // 506 Clement St, San Francisco

Whether you are looking for that newest bestseller or are down for spending hours looking through all the nooks and crannies of this charming bookstore, they have everything your heart desires or they will order if for you. We love reading the staff recommendations and browsing the impressive cookbook section. 

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Press Works on Paper // 3108 24th St, San Francisco 

Besides an outstanding curated collection of art and design books from decades past, this light filled shop stocks hard to find international magazines that we are always happy to get our hands on. There is also a great selection of Bay Area related titles and lots of fun stationary. 

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Smoke Signals // 2223 Polk St, San Francisco

Magazine mecca This Russian Hill treasure has been a longstanding favorite for their incredibly dense collection of foreign and difficult to find print issues. Browse the staggering range of subject matter, look through those quarterlies, grab a seat on the bench outside and enjoy your new read. Did you know you can find us here as well?


Written by Ashley Tarr, Images sourced from the stores, are you a culture buff as well? Take the test.

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