The small-ish shop on Buchanan Mall in J-town has a highly curated selection of used and rare books, plus a cute little children’s room. Being a student of Zen Buddhism, the store founder also hosts a Zen meditation at the store every Saturday morning.
The increasingly rare species of local, independent book shops has an even rarer subspecies in the used and rare books area. Forest Books is just that, and has been standing for 32 years — first in the Mission District, then in Japantown since 2013. Each book is hand-selected by owners Gregory Wood and Clare Young-Wood, with an emphasis on the arts, literature, and social sciences through the lens of peace and Zen Buddhism. There’s also a cute children’s book room with classics like Goodnight, Moon.