Modern Times Bookstore

(415) 282-9246 | View Website

888 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94110

37.758688 -122.421296

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Monday To Saturday From 10:00 AM To 09:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 06:00 PM

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Neighborhoods: Castro, Central

Modern Times Bookstore

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This bookstore has moved to 2919 24th St. between Florida & Alabama, deeper into the Mission. 888 Valencia now houses a place that sells, among other things, high-end eyeware, custom made salvage-wood countertops and tables, bespoke hats, and some jewlery. Crazy!


It's easy to get lost in thought here among the world political titles and small press statements.

over a year ago

Reading matter for the socially conscious, making this bookstore one of the smartest in town. – Since 1971, a collective has run Modern Times as a progressive neighborhood bookshop, though in recent years they have compromised this stance by taking on hourly employees to do the busy work. The roomy, bright shop features a spacious reading room, an often-blaring multicultural soundtrack and oversized thrift-shop armchairs. Perhaps a bit too funky for all but the most politically correct, though they get points as one of the few shops on Valencia with a public restroom. From disability literature to Native American history, environmental studies to transgender rights, if someone's been disenfranchised, Modern Times has a book or magazine to set the record straight. The holdings are strong in labor history, politics, anarchy studies and gay and lesbian non-fiction. There's a separate room for Spanish language literature, and a shelf devoted to La Raza and Chicano activism. In the back, you'll find course reading for many local colleges.

over a year ago

my favorite bookstore – If you love current political writing, you'll love this place. Everything from books on vegitarianism to Buddhism. Great selections and wonderful quirky books! They have a nice space set up in the back for book readings and a few chairs throughout the store (a must!). Stop in to pick up this week's Communist newsletter or just for a look.


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