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Top Choice Books in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

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…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Books in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

William Stout Architectural Books

You can't fit SFMOMA into your pocket, but you can put it on your coffee table – California architectural obsessions begin at William Stout, with 1st-edition catalogs for SFMOMA designers Snøhetta and retro classics…
Top Choice Books in The Castro & Noe Valley

Charlie's Corner

More than a bookstore, Charlie's Corner is a place for kids to explore ideas, creativity and storytelling. The playfully designed space is scaled to children, with a giant magic tree rising to the ceiling and munchk…
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 Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

The Magazine

The mother lode of magazines since 1973. The Magazine's old wooden shelves barely contain all the 1940s pinup mags, 1950s Vogue, trippy 1960s underground hippie newspapers, 1970s Italian boxing fanzines and '80s new…
Books in The Castro & Noe Valley

Omnivore

Salivate over signed cookbooks by chef-legend Alice Waters and James Beard winner Charles Phan of Slanted Door; get a signed copy of The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Check the calendar for standing-room-onl…
Books in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Green Apple Books

Stagger out of this literary opium den while you still can, laden with remaindered art books, used cookbooks and just-released novels signed by local authors. If three floors of bookish bliss aren't enough, check ou…
Books in The Castro & Noe Valley

Dog Eared Books

The Castro's essential general-interest bookstore carries a mishmash of new and used books, with an emphasis on San Francisco literature, social justice, gay studies and small-press works. For a window on local acti…
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…