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San Francisco’s Booklover’s Tour

Don’t miss the Bay Area’s old book collections and convivial restaurants.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview :  The over-the-top Aussie entertainer Dame Edna thinks San Francisco, with its literary haunts, is simply smashing.

Tips:  Go in September and October. The summer fog has cleared, the nights are as warm as they ever get, and the winter rains haven’t started... more »

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Points of Interest

A favorite spot of Dame Edna.

261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, California
United States

(415) 362-8193

The restaurant has the feel of a neighborhood place. Brave the continuous, relatively short line for a peek at the always-attractive wait staff.

1152 Taylor St.
San Francisco, California
United States

(415) 776-6500

After divorcing Wolfgang Puck in 2009, this New American restaurant in the downtown Prescott hotel shifted its focus to the 50-seat, Art Nouveau-inspired café and bar area. The main dining room, located down a sweeping grand staircase, and the Chihuly-adorned Patio Room are now open only for breakfast and private events. Perfect for a quick bite... More

They say the third time’s the charm, and so it is for the third branch of this top-notch local temple to neo-Vietnamese cuisine. The location is superb: the vast, stylishly industrial space, filled with varnished cypress tables, sits at the back of the restored Ferry Building (window-side diners can watch ships going by). And chef Charles Phan’s... More

5. Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books

The shop has a large collection of Edith Wharton editions.

5 3rd St., Suite 530
San Francisco, California
United States

(415) 292-4698