Book Love

A Comprehensive Map of All the Bookstores in San Francisco

Whether you live in the city by the bay or are just visiting, San Francisco is a wonderful place for book lovers. One could easily fill an entire day bookstore hopping in the Mission, or zig zag across the city to hit up favorite haunts.

To make that perfect day a little bit easier, we thought we would plot out every bookstore in San Francisco on a Google map—just bookmark it (or add it to your maps) and use as a means to navigate the city.

871 Fine Arts – art gallery and bookstore
Aardvark Books – new and secondhand books
Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative – bookstore, gallery, and co-op
Alexander Book Company – new books
Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery – new and secondhand books
Amazing Fantasy – comic books
Argonaut Book Shop – specializing in Western American history
ARKIPELAGO Books: The Filipino Bookstore – specializing in Filipino culture
Bird & Beckett Books & Records – new and secondhand books, vinyls
Black Bird Bookstore – new books
Bolerium Books – rare and secondhand books with a social movement focus
Books & Bookshelves – bookcases/shelving, books, and art
Books Inc. – new and secondhand books
Book Passage – new and secondhand books
BookShop West Portal – new books
Borderlands Books – new and secondhand books specializing in science fiction/fantasy/mystery/horror
Bound Together Bookstore – anarchist/counterculture books and zines
Brick Row Book Shop – antiquarian bookshop, English and American literature focus
Browser Books – new and secondhand books
Card & Comics Central – comic books and card games
Charlie’s Corner – children’s books
Children’s Book Project – free books to children in need
Christopher’s Books – new books
Chronicle Books – new books published by Chronicle Books (yours truly)
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers – new and secondhand books, venue has Beat-era history
Comix Experience – comic books
Community Thrift Store – thrift store with used book section
de Young Museum Store – art books and gifts for kids and adults
Dog Eared Books – new and secondhand books
Eastwind Books & Arts 東風書店 – specializing in Chinese literature and history
Exploratorium Store – museum gift shop with science books for adults and kids
Folio Books – new books, focus on children’s books
Forest Books – new and secondhand books
G.F. Wilkinson Books – rare, out-of-print, and used books
Globus Slavic Bookstore – specializing in Russian literature
Great Overland Book Co – secondhand books
Green Apple Books – new and secondhand books
Harvest Christian Bookstore – specializing in Christianity
Isotope: The Comic Book Lounge – comic books
Kayo Books – specializing in vintage paperbacks
Kinokuniya San Francisco – new books and magazines from Japanese-based retailer
Legion of Honor Museum Store – art books and gifts for kids and adults
Louie Brothers Book Store – specializing in Chinese literature
Mission Comics – comic books and art gallery
Needles & Pens – gift shop with zines and independently published books
Night Shade Books – imprint publisher specializing in science fiction/fantasy/horror
Omnivore Books on Food – new and secondhand cookbooks
Owl Cave Books – self-published, small-press, and vintage books on contemporary art/theory/culture/politics
Rare Device – gift shop/gallery with art, lifestyle, and children’s books
Readers Bookstore – secondhand books from Friend of the SFPL, supports our libraries
Russian Hill Bookstore – new and secondhand books
SFMOMA Museum Store – specializing in art, pop culture, and children’s books
SFSU Bookstore – textbooks, school apparel, and office supplies
Sino-American Books & Arts – specializing in Chinese literature
Stevens Books – new and secondhand books
The Booksmith – new books
The Green Arcade – new and secondhand books specializing in environment/politics/sustainability/nature
The Grand Newsstand – new books specializing in local publications/art/zines/politics/DIY/news
The Perish Trust – creative shop with a small selection of lifestyle books and cookbooks
Thidwick Books – new books
Two Cats Comic Book Store – comic books
USF Bookstore – textbooks, school apparel, and office supplies
William Stout Architectural Books – new and out-of-print books specializing in architecture/art/design
Wishbone – gift shop with lifestyle/cookbook/children’s books
Whatever Store – comic books
Wynners Books & Gifts – specializing in anime, card gaming, and comic books
Zen Center Bookstore – specializing in Buddhism

Did we forget a bookstore? Please do let us know in the comments, and we’ll add it to the map ASAP.

Featured image by @movili via Flickr

Jenna Homen

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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