871 Fine Arts is an art gallery and bookstore in San Francisco. Specializing in books on contemporary art, 871 stocks both new and out-of-print books. They have been in business in San Francisco since 1986.  In addition to a wide selection of ar... more
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On Friday, January 25th, 2019 Aardvark Books in the Castro will close after 40 years in business. "We made this decision partially for personal reasons," the store's Facebook page read. "However, we hope that you will continue to support other ind... more
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Authentic, funky bookstore in the Mission District, with a gallery in the back. Home to a vibrant arts community, with local bands occasionally playing shows in-store. Adobe Books is an important voice for emerging San Francisco talent. It's an al... more
First you have to get to Alcatraz via a ferry - https://www.cityexperiences.com/san-francisco/city-cruises/alcatraz/ . But while you're on Alcatraz, be sure to check out the gift shop for DVDs, books & souvenirs related to the famous island prison. F... more
If you're looking for a lot of books and a pleasant place to peruse them, seek no further. Alley Cat Books opened on 24th Street in the heart of the Mission in 2011, and has since supplied a book-hungry neighborhood with new, used, and remaindered bo... more
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Argonaut Book Shop specializes in the history of California, Western Americana, Western Exploration, Pacific Voyages, Rare Literature, and Illustrated Books, as well as maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts and ephemera. Founded in 1941 by Robert... more
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Babylon Falling is a concept driven independent bookstore, located in Lower Nob Hill San Francisco, with a focus on the spirit of Revolution. In addition to new books we also carry similarly themed collectible toys, clothing, posters (original vintag... more
Bibliohead is a gem of a small store in the heart of San Francisco. Helpful and friendly, we carry an eclectic assortment from select bestsellers to the oddball and hard to find. We buy books for trade and cash. We're especially looking for super cur... more
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New and used books, used jazz vinyl, greeting cards and magazines. A community hub for Glen Park. Live events include: Jazz Club! When lights are low... 7:30-10 pm every Saturday night! $10-20 cover charge. "Jazz club" features some of the... more
A community bookstore in the Outer Sunset.   Open daily. more
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We're a neighborhood bookstore stocked with of-the-moment titles and gifts that spark curiosity, cdeepen conversations, and build community. more
Bolerium Books specializes in American social movements - labor and radical history, African American studies, Hispanics in the US, gay and lesbian studies, Asian American history, and the Spanish Civil War - and carries a large stock of out-of-print... more
We sell quality books at great prices, all in support of the San Francisco Public Library. more
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Book Passage has served the Bay Area for more than 40 years, providing the community with an array of author events, writing and language classes, and highly-respected annual conferences. A world renowned community bookstore, we offer a wide varie... more
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Books Inc.'s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books. That small bookstore was moved, bought, sold, burned and rebuilt. It finally became... more
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Books Inc.'s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books. That small bookstore was moved, bought, sold, burned and rebuilt. It finally became... more
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The Marina District's best friend stocks the classics, the best sellers, magazines and a great children's section, complete with a wonderful mural. more
We are an independently owned and operated bookseller with 11 locations in California.  We can trace our history back to 1851 making us The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller. Our main office and warehouse address is 1501 Vermont Street in San... more
BookShop West Portal is a locally-owned, independent bookstore located in the heart of the West Portal neighborhood.  Right across from the Empire Movie Theatre. more
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Welcome to the website of The Brick Row Book Shop, one of the oldest antiquarian book firms in the United States. We have an open shop near Union Square in downtown San Francisco and welcome visitors Monday through Friday 10-5 and by appointment. Use... more
Browser Books has been a leading literary bookseller in San Francisco since 1976, devoted to offering carefully selected titles in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. One of our main interests has been in the literature of the sacred traditions of the... more
A good selection of novels and books that focus on cooking, travel, art, and children! Christopher's is a mixed bag of books from almost every genre, perfect for a neighborhood bookstore. more
Christopher's Books is a lovely independent neighborhood book store that caters to its loyal customers. A great complement to the other neighborhood hang-outs in Potrero Hill, if you want a book, Christopher's will happily order it for you and at the... more
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"Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, our objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that's instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. This objective also informs our business relationships and... more
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Renowned for its diverse selections and its fostering of the then little-known Beat Movement in the early fifties. Its success as a publisher of poetry volumes and offbeat writing collections, and its dedication to San Francisco writers has set made... more
Comic Outpost has a long history selling comic books dating back to the early 90s, and Comix Experience took over ownership on December 16, 2013.  Outpost is the Southernmost comic book store in San Francisco (and therefore the northernmost stor... more
Crystals, all kinds. Learn how they affect the body through charts, books and other resources. There are also candles, healing stones, incense and various types of jewelry. Crystal Way also does repairs on jewelry and provides special orders for mus... more
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Kate hatched the idea for Dog Eared in 1992 at a tea party at the beloved Radio Valencia (R.I.P.). The store's original location was on Valencia Street between 23rd and 24th Streets in the space that the Scarlet Sage now occupies - Kate picked it bec... more
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Given the Castro district's pivotal role in queer history we specialize in LGBTQ+ books, but science & nature writing, ethnic studies, witchcraft, poetry, progressive politics, history, cookbooks, sci-fi, and all types of literature are also well rep... more
Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library (Friends) is a diverse community of individual and individuals, families and institutions who love our San Francisco Public Library and work to make it exceptional. We champion free public ac... more
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Globus Books offers a variety of books on Russia and former Soviet Union, in Russian and English: poetry, prose, memoirs, history, philosophy, books for children, antiquarian and rare books. We order hard-to-get books from Russia. more
Green Apple Books has been a destination for bibliophiles for over 38 years. We buy, sell, and trade new and used books seven days a week. We offer a huge and carefully chosen selection of new and used books.  more
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A branch of the legendary Green Apple Books (6th & Clement), situated just outside of Golden Gate Park. more
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Swing by this place if you're looking for rare, vintage collectors paperbacks or novelty books. We stock a large supply of rare and out of print books, many of which are true first editions published as paperback originals. Also available are cl... more
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This is a great place to pick up Japanese literature of all sorts. The magazine and pop culture section caters to young people and anyone who wants to get a sense of modern day Japan. Definitely one of the best Japanese bookstores in San Francisco. more
La Casa del Libro has the largest selection of books in Spanish in the Bay Area. Check out the latest in fiction from Latin America and Spain. Self-help, Religion, New Age, Philosophy, Health, Cooking, books on Art and Photography, audio books - a... more
Books and Magazines in Spanish, Yarn (hilo) imported from Mexico, Religious Statues, Bibles, Santa Muerte, Incense, & Jewelry. more
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An Italian Bookstore in San Francisco. more
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Named after the famous civil rights leader, this bookstore is dedicated to the education, history, and future of African Americans. The store features children's books, for storytelling and educational books used in school, and also literary books th... more