★ Book Passage FINANCIAL
DISTRICT This independent book-
seller stocks books on cooking, sus-
tainable agricultural, ecology, local
history, and regional travel. Ferry
Building Marketplace, The Embar-
cadero (at Market St.) y 415/863-
8688. www.bookpassage.com. AE,
DISC, MC, V. Streetcar: F. Map p 69.
★ Books Inc. PRESIDIO HEIGHTS,
COW HOLLOW, AND CASTRO The
oldest independent bookseller in
town has spot-on customer service.
3515 California St. (at Locust St.)
y 415/221-3666. Bus: 1, 4. 2251
Chestnut St. (at Avila St.) y 415/
931-3633. Bus: 22, 30. 2275 Market
St. (at Noe St.) y 415/864-6777.
Streetcar: F. www.booksinc.net. AE,
DISC, MC, V. Map p 70.
★ City Lights Bookstore NORTH
BEACH Founded by Lawrence Fer-
linghetti in 1953, this landmark shop
still stocks avant-garde and alterna-
tive literature. 261 Columbus Ave. (at
Broadway St.) y 415/362-8193.
www.citylights.com. AE, DISC, MC, V.
Bus: 15, 30, 41. Map p 69.
★ Green Apple Books and
Music RICHMOND SF's best
used-book store has more than
60,000 new and 100,000 used books,
including rare graphic comics, an
enticing cookbook selection, and art
books . 506 Clement St. (at 6th Ave.)
y 415/387-2272. www.greenapple
books.com. DISC, MC, V. Bus: 2, 38.
Map p 70.
★ William Stout Architectural
Books FINANCIAL DISTRICT You
could lose yourself amid the glossy
books devoted to architecture
and design. 804 Montgomery St.
(at Jackson St.) y 415/391-6757.
www.stoutbooks.com. MC, V. Closed
Sun. Bus: 12, 15, 30, 41. Map p 69.
Macy's UNION SQUARE It can be
tough to actually find what you're
looking for at this thickly stocked
behemoth, but sales are impressive.
The men's store is across the street.
170 O'Farrell St. (between Powell &
Stockton sts.) y 415/397-3333.
www.macys.com. AE, MC, V. Street-
car: F. Bus: 30, 38, 45. Map p 69.
Neiman Marcus UNION SQUARE
Most items here are mercilessly
expensive, but the third floor occa-
sionally has good sales on items by
lines/designers like Theory and Marc
Jacobs. 150 Stockton St. (at Geary
St.) y 415/362-3900. www.neiman
marcus.com. AE. Bus: 30, 38, 45.
Streetcar: F. Map p 69.
★ Nordstrom UNION SQUARE
An excellent shoe department,
knowledgeable service, and clothing
for the whole family are some
City Lights contains an impressive selection of art, poetry, & political paperbacks.