We’re pretty big fans of the site Yelp for helping us decide where the best places to eat, drink and shop in the city are, so we decided to see what fellow Yelp users ranked as the best bookstores in town. We did a basic search for bookstores and this is what we got:
Green Apple Books (587 reviews; 4.5 stars)
This one is pretty much a no brainer. Green Apple Books is a city staple offering a massive selection of new and used books and probably one of the best discount book sections we’ve ever seen (especially for the Taschen enthusiast). All two floors (and their next door annex) are packed to the brim. It can admittedly be a little daunting to find a book, but the place is seriously fantastic.
City Lights Bookstore (230 reviews; 4.5 stars)
City Lights is an oldie and a city gem. The nation’s first all paperback bookstore, City Lights was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin. It’s a whopping three floors of paperback goodness while still retaining the intimacy of its earlier days.
Kinokuniya Bookstore (182 reviews; 4.5 stars)
This place is THE place to go in the city for Japanese books, magazines, movies – you name it. Located in Japantown, Kinokuniya has an expansive selection of Japanese comics, books and magazines and is a fantastic place to get some artistic inspiration for your next book.
Giant Robot (143 reviews; 4.5 stars)
Giant Robot is not only a terrific magazine, but also a local book and toy store. While it’s not the place to look for some Borges or Sedaris, it is a great stop for smaller independent art books, comics and magazines. They always have a killer selection of street art books featuring the likes of Banksy and Blek Le Rat.
Stacy’s Bookstore (121 reviews; 4 stars)
Our final bookstore is Stacy’s, a downtown hot spot. This multi-level bookstore is great for finding more obscure books and has more magazines then you could ever want. They also have a fun selection of gifts, stationery and cards.
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