Green Apple Books

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Green Apple Books
Green Apple Books

Green Apple Books was founded in 1967 as a 750-square-foot used-book nook. Since then, it has steadily upsized, taking over several storefronts on a block of the misty Inner Richmond surrounded by Chinese restaurants and grocers. One bi-level storefront houses all new books, including an excellent section of staff picks and quirky categorizing designations. (“Lowbrow,” reads one.) Head upstairs to browse an assortment of board games, journals, stationery and novelty gifts. Two doors down, the used-book arm of Green Apple is a little quieter, inviting lingering. The well-appointed shelves are lined with dusty tomes—hardcover and paperback, popular and rare—and the aisles are moodily illuminated by skylights. Finds might range from antique classics and rare first editions to 1960s-era comic books and graphic novels. In 1996, Green Apple took over its financially strapped neighbor, Revolver Records, knocked down a wall, and turned the shop room into a section for new and used records, CDs and DVDs.


Venue name: Green Apple Books
Address: 506 Clement St
San Francisco

Cross street: at Sixth Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–10:30pm; Fri, Sat 10am–11:30pm
Transport: Bus 1BX, 2, 44, 92
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Erin Kuschner

This is what every bookshop should be like: a maze, with twist and turns and nooks and levels that make exploring the space just as fun as finding the perfect book. I love the smell of Green Apple (there's nothing like old book smell), and the way that you can feel like you're the only one there. On a rainy day (and it's often a rainy day in the Inner Richmond), it's a great place to escape for an hour or two, especially when you get to explore the more obscure and art-related books on the second floor.