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Phoenix Books

990 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3205
+1 805-543-3591
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Endless Source for Discovery!

I ended up here this weekend while visiting my sister in San Luis Obispo with a friend. What an... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
Daphne R
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Like searching for buried treasure!

I really enjoy browsing through used book stores and unearthing treasures. In the case of Phoenix... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2015
mark_traverl
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Los Altos, California
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good37%
  • Average25%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
26 Sep 2016
“Endless Source for Discovery!”
11 Aug 2015
“Like searching for buried treasure!”
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990 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3205
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I ended up here this weekend while visiting my sister in San Luis Obispo with a friend. What an incredible place! The shop is literally packed to the ceiling and corners with books of every genre, author, and decade. The best part is that you...More

Thank Daphne R
Reviewed 12 August 2015

I really enjoy browsing through used book stores and unearthing treasures. In the case of Phoenix Books, they are really "buried treasure". I would not call the store well organized, neat or even particularly clean. On the other hand, I could probably spend the better...More

Thank mark_traverl
Reviewed 20 April 2015

I'm an avid book reader and have browsed through used bookstores worldwide, sometimes grabbing the only English-language book in stock, regardless of title. When I learned about Phoenix Books, I made a beeline for the shop when we were recently in San Luis Obispo. Alas,...More

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Reviewed 18 April 2015

This you never see, books being carried on the street. It means a good walking town, and theres a good used book shop nearby. Yes he said, around the corner, so I headed that way. What I found was indeed a treasure of browsing. Some...More

Thank wwanderX
Reviewed 19 December 2014

This is a bookshop for hardcore browsers. Most of the books are secondhand and used and the choice is enormous...and I mean very enormous. I saw a book of the same edition to when I was at university 40 years ago...someone must have studied Spenser...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Stopped in here in search of a specific book. The store obviously needs more shelf space- the books are piled on the floor in places- but they are organized into general sections. The man at the counter was very knowledgeable. If you can't find something,...More

Thank Eviesroadtrips
Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is a great place to check out books whether you need one or not. They have an amazing selection. My kids find the most popular kid series almost every time. It is a fun place to go in the evening when you are out...More

Thank Nodumpsforme
Reviewed 12 May 2013

If you want to pick up a used book to read while on vacation or if you're just a book lover in general, this would be a cool bookstore to stop at. They had a huge new arrivals table to go through. And it also...More

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