About Us

Independently owned by Ben Bellouin and Jess Tsang, and supported by an experienced and service-oriented staff, Russian Hill Bookstore continues to be a popular neighborhood business and destination store. Located on upper Polk Street, at the west side of the beautiful Russian Hill neighborhood, we are part of a larger shopping lane featuring numerous restaurants, stores and services.

Hours and Location

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:

Legacy Business

We are honored to be included amongst the select historic businesses who are recognized by the city of San Francisco as Legacy Businesses. To learn more about and support other Legacy businesses, please visit the registry

Certified Green Business

We are a certified Green Business and member of the California Green Business Network in San Francisco. We are committed to caring for our environment by implementing eco-friendly processes at the shop.

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About Russian Hill

The name of the Russian Hill neighborhood dates back to the Gold Rush era. Beginning in 1806, Russian naval and merchant ships frequently visited San Francisco. Early settlers discovered a small cemetery at the top of the hill for Russian sailors. The cemetery was later removed, but the name remains in memory of those early sailors to this day.

San Francisciana

We are located on many walking routes for those exploring San Francisco. We have an extensive selection of San Francisco history and memorabilia.