Best Tiny (Non-Used) Bookstore - 2011
Considering its cozy dimensions, it's remarkable how much highly browsable reading matter is packed into this venerable (35-year-old) Pacific Heights hangout. Although the selection isn't elephantine, you're more likely to come upon some hard-to-find treasure among Browser's narrow aisles than at one of those three-story global-consortium pulp retailers. The well-organized inventory features an especially impressive array of books on food, philosophy, travel, poetry, and history as well as towering shelf after towering shelf of classic and contemporary literature. There's a nook with kids' books in back plus a table for reading, classical music on the stereo, knowledgeable staff, and little handwritten recommendations here and there. The ideal bookstore.