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The Best Bookstores In Berkeley

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Updated: 19 October 2016
In a bustling city like Berkeley, California, there are many bookstores that offer the best in sales and also in history. Many bookstores have been present since the 1950s and continue to serve the community for all of their reading needs. With both the size and formation of these captivating collections of books, your trip to Berkeley will be filled with books of new discoveries and old favorites.

Half Price Books

Located in Downtown Berkeley, Half Price Books has been a longtime favorite of residents and visitors alike. Spending an hour (or maybe two) browsing through the wide selection of both new and used books, movies, and music will feel like no time at all. Offering low prices on classics and contemporary works will have you planning your next trip.

Half Price Books, 2036 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 526 6080

Books Inc.

Originally founded as Shasta City Bookshop in 1851, Books Inc. has a rich history of independent bookselling. Surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, the business eventually made its way to Berkeley. With a magnificent collection of books and a great deal of author signing events, this bookstore has an open and inviting vibe as soon as you enter.

Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 525 7777


Mr. Mopps’ Children’s Books & Toys

When visiting Berkeley with the smaller ones, Mr. Mopps’ Children’s Books & Toys is a stop that should be on the itinerary. Providing an engaging learning space for children and teens, there is no need to think twice about stopping by for a visit. Classic and recent children’s literature line the shelves along with toys that spark children’s imaginations.

Mr Mopps’ Children’s Books and Toys, 1405 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 525 9633

Moe’s Books

Open here in Berkeley since 1959, Moe’s Books is a piece of local history that has all paying a visit. With over 25 subjects and four floors of books, there is sure to be a book to catch any reader’s eye. Neat and organized, you can find what you are looking for, especially those two-dollar pocket books. With great deals and a towering collection of works, it will feel like book heaven.

Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 849 2087

Fantastic Comics

Also located in downtown Berkeley, Fantastic Comics is the destination for all things comic books. With comic books, graphic novels, and merchandise, the store boasts an animating atmosphere. A small but mighty assortment of works will have you engaged as soon as you walk in. And if you’re not sure on where to get started on your comic book adventures, friendly staff are there to guide you.

Fantastic Comics, 2026 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 848 2988


Pegasus Books

With helpful and knowledgeable staff, Pegasus Books is a local independent favorite. Greeted with music as you enter, a roomy and mellow warmth welcomes you. Offering all things from books, magazines, and low-priced calendars, you can find many great deals. And if you have found a book that you feel must be shared, there is a DIY gift-wrapping table.

Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 649 1320


Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore

Getting cozy never gets much easier than at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore. With a section in the store for all ages and members of the family, the assemblage of books catches both the eye and the heart. Thoughtful care and time have gone into creating an environment where you can read a book and feel at ease with the friendly staff around.

Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 704 8222