Black Bird Bookstore


We are a bookstore open to all. Our mission is to be a community space that brings people together through books, coffee, happenings, and an open door. Come in and hang out with us, climb in the treehouse, stay for storytime, or linger over a great new book in our backyard. Everyone is welcome here.

We Live Here

Black Bird is a reflection of the eclectic ocean side neighborhood we call home. San Francisco’s Outer Sunset is a vibrant mix of artists, activists, young families, surfers, writers, salty air, sand, and fog. We love being a part of this community.

‘kiri’ shed by jesse schlesinger
Backyard at the Bookstore

One of the special places at Black Bird is the garden. Read a book amongst the peaceful plants, meet a friend for coffee, or gather with others at one of our backyard events.

The books at the shop reflect the interests of the Outer Sunset neighborhood and San Francisco at large, including both local and global authors.

ocean beach
wood tables and shelving by luke bartels @woodshopsf
Local Collaborators

We support and lean into San Francisco’s diverse creative community. So many talented local makers and artists have helped build our bookstore from the ground up. Their passion and ingenuity are woven throughout our space, from our handcrafted bookshelves and tables (IG @woodshopsf) and custom backyard shed (IG @jesse_____singer), to the SF-made denim home-goods (IG @ubiind), to the revolving art show with Outer Sunset artists (IG @mamaladysmix and @ginkgozee), charming watercolor notecards (IG @painthousesf), and beautiful ceramics (IG @audricsspoon). And of course the many many wonderful books by Bay Area authors that fill our shelves. 

Community Events

We love hosting events! From our monthly Open Mic Night to our co-hosted Analog Night with Tunnel Records and Balboa Theater to frequent local author readings to our wildly popular weekly Children's Storytime, we have something going on every week here at Black Bird. Keep informed of what's happening by signing up for a newsletter and by following us on Instagram @blackbirdbooksf.

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