Foreign Language Bookstores in San Francisco

The best way to learn a language is immersion. Reading novels, magazines, or even just news stories can help you to start thinking in a new language.

If you want to practice conversation in a foreign language, make sure to create a free profile on Lexody, and start immersing with native speakers in the San Francisco area!

Here’s our favorite bookstores with books in foreign languages!

Libreria Pino

Languages: Italian

This is a treasure chest of amazing Italian books! Stepping into Libreria Pino is like stepping into Italy. They really have anything Italian you could be looking for – adult, children, audiobooks, music, and movies!


Languages: Japanese

Kinokuniya offers the largest selection of Japanese books, magazines, music and film in all of SF! If you’re learning Japanese, you NEED to get to this store immediately. Besides a huge selection of books, they also have cool Japanese stationary, toys, and gadgets!

European Books and Media

Languages: French, Spanish, German and Italian

If you’re into European languages, look no further than European Books and Media! They have a huge selection of books in French, Spanish, Italian and German, ranging from child to adult, as well as instructional books. Oh la la!

Moe’s Books

Languages: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Russian

Moe’s has one of the largest collection of foreign language books in SF! Their books are varied in age range, and , and contains most languages. Because they buy used books, their selection is continually growing and changing – so go for a long afternoon this weekend and peruse their selection of foreign works!

Sino-American Books & Arts

Language: Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese)

This cute little store is as authentic as it gets! The owner is a sweet little Taiwanese women who is ready to give recommendations or just knowledge if you ask. Besides a great selection of Chinese language books, there are also plenty of little Chinese trinkets and stationary to help you feel fully immersed at home!

Fog City News

This isn’t a book store, but it does have one of the largest selections of magazines in California. You can find magazines from almost every country, and in every language!

Do you have a hidden gem in the San Francisco area that should be on this list? Comment below!



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