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Henry Miller Memorial Library

Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2574
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Shady spot to soak up Big Sur atmos

This quiet, shady, out of the way library/bookshop is a tranquil place to visit. The garden is... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
London, United Kingdom
The concerts!

Even without this place is a must see, but it is magical when you can catch a concert. Great group... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
nicole h
New York City, New York
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“book store” (8 reviews)
“free coffee” (3 reviews)
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Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2574
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

This quiet, shady, out of the way library/bookshop is a tranquil place to visit. The garden is shadowed by giant redwoods. There was a stall just outside selling tacos when we visited. We didn’t try them but they smelled good. You can make your own...More

Thank jacquiupstairs
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Even without this place is a must see, but it is magical when you can catch a concert. Great group of people.

1  Thank nicole h
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Great place to buy a book, read, have some tea, relax, talk with people, and take in the slower pace. They sometimes host concerts, film nights, and cultural events too! I've been to Big Sur twice, and we visited this place at least twice each...More

Thank steveswanderings
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Just overhearing the conversations that go on in this store is worth the stop. I heard an in-depth analysis of the types of mushrooms one could forage for in the vicinity. You don't hear that every day. Very laid-back types hanging about, loads of quirky...More

Thank Jen M
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Maybe quirky is a better description than offbeat but you will find the writers of the Beat Generation well represented here. Peculiar art installations line the walk from the parking lot off the PCH and the staff is friendly and helpful. We picked up a...More

1  Thank tymark14
Reviewed 28 October 2016

The library was smaller than I expected, more like a tiny little bookstore with some cool mid-century memorabilia and funky art around the grounds.

Thank bcjmoore
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This museum/library/bookstore features the history and the writing of Henry Miller, a local resident and acclaimed author. The bookstore features readings by local authors and sell their works as well as those of Henry Miller

Thank Norma W
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Nice place to stop and stretch your legs. Many books to peruse and buy if you choose ( I'm a poet, don't ya note it; make a rhyme every time). Quirky art on premises. The day we visited there were no special events going on.

Thank 68tmudd
Reviewed 5 August 2016

We stumbled upon this off the no1 PCH as i needed the loo. What a total gem and a great surprise. Hidden away in the trees is a little memorial garden, cinema and cafe/library. Definitely worth a stop for a nosey around. The chairs are...More

Thank Travelbugged030
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Have never read his books but bought Tropic of Cancer here - felt I had to. Cool little setting in the woods. Very peaceful and please pet the cat!!!!

Thank Jeff M
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