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Upstart Crow

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Address: 835 W. Harbor Drive at Kettner Boulevard, Seaport Village, San Diego, CA 92101-7748
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+1 619-232-4855
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09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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An amusing little bookstore filled with eclectic and charming curios,...

An amusing little bookstore filled with eclectic and charming curios, books, stationery, toys and San Diego-related literature.

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Lunch turned into apple pie and ice cream!!

First time to Upstart Crow and found it to be the gem in all the usual places. If you like eclectic places to visit and maybe run into a local you have found the spot. A little... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
Sweathog62
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Jenks, Oklahoma
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Jenks, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

First time to Upstart Crow and found it to be the gem in all the usual places. If you like eclectic places to visit and maybe run into a local you have found the spot. A little off the main path but well worth finding it. ENJOY!! 😀

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Canoga Park CA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

This bookstore has a very small selection of books. The vast majority of the store's merchandise is cards, toys, gifts and all kinds of cutesy stuff. They do have a large selection of Penguin classic books, but if you are looking for something more current, your choice is very limited. Yes, if you want coffee and comfortable chairs, it is... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

My husband was attending a conference in San Diego and I had a lot of time to kill and not enough reading material. The Upstart Crow, located in Seaport Village along the water near the Convention Center, had a good selection of books and a great coffee bar. I loved the seating area with all sorts of different comfy chairs.... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

Stopped by while visiting Seaport Village. Found a good cup of coffee and a nice area to sit and enjoy it. If you want to read, relax, people-watch, or play a large game of checkers, Upstart Crow works. Lots of interesting shopping and great selection of coffees to purchase. I bought the cinnamon, and the raspberry; found out that you... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

Lovely place to hang out and relax. Good diverse selection of books, good coffee, yummy cakes. eclectic mix of music in th background. a real find in this tourist village. Plus if you make a purchase you can use the wifi. Those of us from Europe with high roaming charges need wifi!!!!

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Princeton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Whenever we visit San Diego, we always stop at Upstart Crow to get their Chai Latte and to purchase greeting cards. They've got a fabulous selection of cards that always make us laugh. If you are looking for a unique gift or card, or just want a fun place to visit, stop by Upstart Crow in Seaport Village.

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istanbul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013 via mobile

Love this establishment for its independant spirit and style. Here, everyone is kind and customer oriented. While there, I noticed the staff went to lengths to access materials high on shelves while assisting a patron in a wheelchair. Have been back here multiple times for coffee and nice reads. Their patio is extra lovely.

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

Lovely unpretentious little bookstore / coffee shop that carries a wonderful range of both fiction & non-fiction titles, an amusing selection of the novel and the quirky (toys, novelties, postcards, ceramics, bags etc) and does a great line in delicious coffees (hot & cold) & cakes too. It's always bright and welcoming and for me at least there's no better... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2012

I love reading books and I love local bookstore. Upstart Crow is one of the best places to spend time in my visit to Seaport Village. I was attracted by the fresh coffee brewing smell and decided to get one. They do make great coffee! They carry a variety of games, books and souvenirs. They also have a great selection... More 

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Thank Michael F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012

I like the mix of coffee and books at this place. I had just a few issues--first, the bagels tasted about a day old. Second, I'm sure they have had shoplifting issues but still, the sign telling us that we are on camera, and the TV monitor showing multiple views of the store, sort of takes away from the laid... More 

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