Russian Hill Bookstore is open for in-store shopping!
Regular shopping hours:
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day
Store Policy Update as of February 16th, 2022
Consistent with San Francisco’s updated indoor masking policy, all un-vaccinated customers over age 2 are required to wear masks inside the store.
Wearing a mask is no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals, but is strongly encouraged to help ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers.
Continuing to mask indoors remains the safest choice for an individual and protects those who are medically vulnerable or are not able to get vaccinated, like our youngest children. Please be considerate of one another during this difficult time.
Eating and drinking are not allowed at any time while visiting the bookshop. We kindly ask that you finish meals and snacks before visiting.
We remain in full compliance and support of the current local, state, and federal Health Orders as they pertain to the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you still feel uncomfortable or are not yet able to visit us for in-store shopping, we encourage you to call us during business hours at 415-929-0997 so that we can assist you with curbside pick-up or shipping options.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you at the bookshop!
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Russian Hill Bookstore, established in 1974, is one of the last independently-owned used and new bookstores in San Francisco. We began as Sunset Bookstore in 1974, a small used bookshop servicing the Sunset District west of 19th Avenue, and have been in continual operation for the past 47 years. Over the years Sunset Bookstore has since closed and merged with Russian Hill Bookstore, which has grown to become also the best note card shop in the city, and a favorite place for toys and games for children of all ages.
Russian Hill Bookstore is located at 2162 Polk Street, between Vallejo and Broadway Streets. We are open from 10:00AM to 8:00PM daily, and closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For additional holiday hours, please contact us at
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We are a general used and new bookshop. Our inventory spans over 50 categories, from new fiction to antiquarian history. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can usually special order titles within 5 business days.
If you have books you want to sell or trade, from just one copy to an entire library, we are always interested. Please call the shop in advance for buying hours, at 415-929-0997. If you are unable to bring your books to us, we do make house calls.
At our shop, you’ll find the largest selection of note cards anywhere in the city. Whether you’re looking for a blank card or holiday greeting, we’ve got something for everything. We are proud to carry many cards from small, independent artists, local to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our hand-selected gift items range from scented candles to notebooks and coffee mugs. Whether you’re looking for a housewarming present or going away gift, we’ve got you covered.
We carry an extensive collection of new, used, and vintage children’s books, as well as creative and educational toys, games, puzzles, plush, coloring books, and activity sets.
We stock classics, such as Backgammon and Clue, as well as the latest in strategy, co-operative, adventure, party, family and kid’s games. If we don’t have the title you’re looking for, we are usually able to special order games and expansions.