Full to the brim with books, Alley Cat has everything you want (and everything you never knew you needed).You may have heard that print is death, but Kate Rosenberger doesn't think so. Alley Cat Books is the fourth independent bookstore she's opened in the city, and she shows no signs up stopping when it comes to supporting art, books, and community in San Francisco. City favorites Phoenix Books, Dog Eared Books and Red Hill Books are all part of Kate's paper trail, and Alley Cat Books is the newest installment.
Located on the Mission side of 24th St., Alley Cat is a big airy space the draws you in with its light-filled interior. Full to the brim with books (most secondhand, some new) and reflecting the neighborhood with large bilingual and art sections, Alley Cat has everything you want (and everything you never knew you needed). Walk to the back and you'll see the barn-like gallery space, where local artists have rotating shows and literary and community events fill the calendar. And be sure to visit Zoltar, the fortune teller booth that made Tom Hanks big in "Big", to get your fortune told. Our guess? It'll involve a good book.
The Steampunk Coloring & Activity Book, $11.95
Home Altars of Mexico, $12
Treasure Island, illustrated by Ralph Steadman, $15
The Pale King (paperback), $9.98
White Noise (paperback), $6.98
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm
Sunday, 10am to 7pm