On my recent trip to SF, of course I wanted to visit a local indie bookstore. I had a couple in mind but didn’t get to visit either (they were too far north). Instead, I found one very serendipitously while I was exploring the Haight-Ashbury section of the city. It was called Booksmith and it was very, very cool.
What I loved about Booksmith was how quirky and also browser-friendly it was. Almost every single book on display came with a personalized, handwritten staff recommendation card, to the point where more little handwritten slips were visible hanging from the shelves than books! It’s not a bad thing, though. It’s a very good thing, because back covers, inside flaps and of course, the cover don’t always give you that in-depth why-you-should-actually-read-this kind of rec.
I also loved the hand-drawn chalkboard titles for each section! They were so creative and beautifully rendered. For a bookstore in the heart of the Haight, it was also very kid-friendly. The Children’s Section was huge, but I only missed some good San Francisco/California/Haight-Ashbury history books. I would have loved to bring one home with me to learn more about this section of the city.
I also loved the floors. They were a wreck, and beautiful.
Deets: 1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117. Go check it out 😉