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Alexander Book Company

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Address: 50 Second St. between Market and Mission, San Francisco, CA 94105
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+1 415-495-2992
09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Nice local bookstore

Tucked away near the Montgomery Street BART station is this great local bookstore. They always have a cart of sale books outside...lures me in every time. Ha. The staff are nice... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucked away near the Montgomery Street BART station is this great local bookstore. They always have a cart of sale books outside...lures me in every time. Ha. The staff are nice and there is a good kids books section upstairs.

Thank AZtravelingkids
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

We love finding independent bookstores in new locations. When we had a rainy day - we decided to go and spend a couple of hours at Alexander Book Company. 3 floors with both mainstream and slightly eclectic offerings. Places to sit and helpful staff. An excellent book store for browsing.

Thank Deborah L
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

Any time we visit a "new" City, we try to find a good Bookstore, and before we came to San Francisco, my online researches suggested that "Alexander Book Company" would be worth checking out - it was indeed worth the effort. The Store is on 2nd Street, (4 Blocks from Union Square), in a quite narrow-fronted 3 storey building (near... More 

Thank Gooner10_8
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Great selection of books with friendly staff. They helped me choose books for my children while I was on a business trip. I love to bring books back as gifts and this spot made it extra special.

Thank AMD_1628
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

There appears to be a real lack of good bookstores in San Francisco, so if you're after a book or feel like browsing then I highly recommend going here - friendly staff too.

Thank peteinlondon11
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This is a very good bookstore for any need. 3 story building and many titles available. They have a very wide array of books. Recommended for all family and ages. Have to go!

Thank Javier C
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

There is a broad selection of books on three floors. It has a cozy atmosphere. I highly recommend it.

Thank Leah L
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

Alexander's has three floors of books, all kinds from current to boutique, fun to look around, think how the displayers think, nice friendly quick service. Really good location off Market and Post, on second street.

Thank BBK1000
Dunedin, Florida
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

Do you know how hard it is to find a REAL bookstore anymore? Yes, there are still many of us who read books with paper pages and, when out of reading material while traveling, would like to find a bookstore with a wide selection of books for whatever mood we are. Alexander Books made my dream come true! A three-story... More 

Thank JessieMom
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Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

Our kids loved books and we googled this one near Union Square. Had been trying to go a coupla times but the closing time of 6pm makes it difficult for us. One day we tried going early but the long wait for bus and cable car made us arrive at just past 6. We wanted to at least go in... More 

Thank Dora F

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