Top Choice Books in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Kayo Books

Juvenile delinquents will find an entire section dedicated to their life stories at Kayo, where vintage pulp, true crime and erotica titles ending in exclamation points (such as the succinct Wench!) earn John Waters…
Top Choice Books in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

The Great Overland Book Company

SF obsessions go deep at Great Overland, purveyor of rare and obscure books on SF's pet subjects. DIY dandies find inspiration in 1891 World's Fair Household Companion recipes for bone-marrow pomade, while bartender…
Books in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective

Since 1976 this volunteer-run, nonprofit anarchist bookstore has kept free thinkers supplied with organic permaculture manuals, prison literature and radical comics, while coordinating the annual spring Anarchist Bo…
Books in The Mission & Potrero Hill

Modern Times Bookstore Collective

When it comes to understanding California's local food movement, the Bay Area's progressive politics and the Mission's Latin American roots, Modern Times is indispensable - not only for highly specific book selectio…
Books in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Kinokuniya Books & Stationery

Like warriors in a showdown, the bookstore, stationery and manga divisions of Kinokuniya compete for your attention. Only you can decide where your loyalties lie: with stunning photography books and Harajuku fashion…
Books in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Green Arcade

Everything you always wanted to know about mushroom foraging, worm composting and running for office on an environmental platform – plus poetry and noir novels by SF authors. This bookstore emphasizes visionary poss…
Books in The Castro & Noe Valley


Salivate over signed cookbooks by chef-legend Alice Waters, James Beard winner Charles Phan of Slanted Door, and signed copies of The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Check the calendar for standing-room-only i…
Books in San Rafael

Book Passage

Corte Madera is home to one of the Bay Area's best bookstores, Book Passage, in the Market Place shopping center. It has a strong travel section, plus frequent author appearances.
Books in The Castro & Noe Valley

Books Inc

The Castro's indie bookstore carries new-release hardcovers, good fiction, extensive magazines and travel books. Check bulletin boards for readings and literary events.
Books in Berkeley

University Press Books

Across the street from campus, this academic and scholarly bookstore stocks works by UC Berkeley professors and other academic and museum publishers.