The California Historical Society is a non-profit gallery, bookstore, public research library and archive. Our mission is to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.
Alexander’s is centrally located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Walking to our store is always a great option. We are a short walk from Union Square and the Moscone Convention Center (3 to 4 blocks) and just a half block off Market Street on Second Street. We are about a ten minute walk from the Embarcardaro waterfront, Chinatown, North Beach or AT&T ballpark, the home of the San Francisco Giants.
Founded in 1962, one of the best and oldest independent bookstores in the nation, providing extraordinary customer service with our dedicated, book-loving staff of twelve, all with a great passion for books and the people who read them.
Built in 1927, the Nourse [275 Hayes Street] is a landmark venue located in the heart of San Francisco’s performing arts district (across the street from Davies Hall musicians’ entrance). City Arts & Lectures restored and reopen the stunning 1,687-seat hall in 2013 (it was closed to the public for over thirty years). The hall features original architectural details, excellent acoustics, and a well-designed layout with unobstructed views throughout the orchestra and balcony, as well as state of the art lighting, a Meyer Sound system, new curtains, plush upholstered seats, newly decorated green room, and a dressing room. The Nourse is an ideal venue for a wide range of performances and a uniquely beautiful setting.
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 books–in English and Spanish!
For 50 years, Green Apple has served as a bookstore to get lost in. With two different locations, three buildings, and innumberable nooks and crannies to get lost in, Green Apple cultivates the feeling of getting lost in a good book.
Welcome to Omnivore Books on Food featuring new, antiquarian, and collectible books on food and drink.
Omnivore connects the past to the present by offering centuries of knowledge on growing, raising, and cooking food. We offer everything from 19th Century agricultural guides to how to start a kitchen garden in a 21st Century apartment.
BookShop West Portal is a locally-owned, independent bookstore located in the heart of the West Portal neighborhood, just one block down from the West Portal MUNI Station and right across from the Empire Movie Theatre.
Charlie’s Corner is an independent neighborhood bookstore carrying a wide assortment of children’s and young adult literature. We cater to every child’s needs by providing a rich and dynamic selection of exciting new titles as well as children’s classics that span generations. Through our interactive story times featuring music, food, Spanish, and French storytellers, we hope to help children explore and develop a love for stories in a creative and cozy environment.
Aqus Cafe is the center of the Petaluma Downtown Warehouse District universe. The owner, John Crowley, is a true community builder and hosts weekly gatherings of all sorts at his comfortable but artsy and airy spot located at the edge of Foundry Wharf. The food is delicious and they know how to make an excellent cappuccino as well as properly poor a Guinness. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and the regular crowd is warm and welcoming.
With locations dotted throughout California, Books Inc. brands itself as the oldest independent bookseller in the West. The location in downtown Mountain View is a perfect spot for those looking to spend some time browsing through the many different books available for purchase. The store also stocks an assortment of great magazines, and Wi-Fi is available to those using mobile devices. Several book clubs also meet at the store, making it the perfect spot for bookworms and casual readers alike to enjoy.
We are an independently-owned bookstore based in the beautiful town of Orinda, just 30 minutes (give or take a rush hour or two) from San Francisco. Visiting is easy! We are open seven days a week and have ample free parking right outside our doors.
The Booksmith has been the indie book headquarters of Haight-Ashbury for more than 40 years. Since 2007, the store has been owned and operated by Christin Evans and her husband who also revamped the famous Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park. Driven by the mission to reestablish bookshops as community gathering places, The Booksmith team has created an event venue, a second home, a book-loving community and so much more.
Chronicle Books is an independent publisher based in San Francisco and they’ve been making their mark on our local and global book community since the Summer of Love. Their headquarters in South Beach is located inside an old maritime machine shop and warehouse. There, they have four floors of publishing services and a storefront on the ground floor. You can also find their books and a wide selection from their publishing partners at a second location at the Metreon.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites.