Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative: 3130 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110: Over the years the store became a “nexus for a large rotating cast of artists, musicians, writers, readers, thinkers, and whoever was looking for some old comfortable couches and a place to chill out.”
Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery: 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110: Bookstore that is also an event space, community space, and art gallery.
Bird & Beckett Books & Records: 653 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131: A neighborhood go-to for new & used book titles, and records, plus poetry readings and live bands on weekends. Publishes its own imprint, Impart Ink.
Black Bird Bookstore: 4033 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122: A community bookstore out in the Sunset.
Book Passage: Ferry Building, One, #42, San Francisco, CA 94111: Book Passage provides the community with an array of author events, writing and language classes, and highly-respected annual conferences. The store offers a wide variety of books ranging from children’s literature to travel guides, from top-selling fiction to mystery novels.
Booksmith: 1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117: Excellent bookstore on Haight Street that also hosts events. Check web site for their event calendar.
Borderlands Books: 866 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery and Horror
Browser Books: 2195 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115: Has been recently bought by Green Apple Books – which can only be a good thing.
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers: 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133: San Francisco’s landmark independent bookstore. Famous for it’s support of The Beat writers, and owned by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, it’s a must shop at if you are visiting The City and into books and the shops that sell them.
Dog Eared Books: 900 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110: New and used books, cards, and a comfy atmosphere.
Green Apple Books: 506 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118: “… perennially voted the best bookstore in the Bay Area by readers of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the SF Weekly, and various other papers, magazines, websites, etc.” Yep – worth a visit!
Omnivore Books on Food: 3885 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94131: The Bay Area’s only bookstore that is focused on the foodie in you.
Russian Hill Bookstore: 2162 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109: A neighborhood bookshop that offers a broad range of used and new books, plus games, cards & gifts.
William Stout Architectural Books: 804 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133: Carries thousands of titles in the fields of architecture, art, urban planning, graphic and industrial design, furniture and interior design, and landscape architecture.