by Kamla Srinivasan
Mt View, California
March 24, 2005
Clement Street, which is sometimes referred to as the "New Chinatown," is studded with various cafes, grocery stores, salons and is also home to Green Apple Bookstore, one of the last privately owned bookstores in San Francisco.
Clement Street offers a variety of cuisines right from American, Vietnames (with French inspiration and influence), French, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and Russian. There are quite a few dim-sum places where you can get delicious dumplings for a couple of dollars, or hot delicious, and not too sweet seasame rolls filled with red bean paste.
Clement has one of the best Malay restaurants in the city that has been around for many years. The restaurant is located somewhere between 7th and 8th Avenue, and serves delicious roti/paratha and great Malay dishes.
There are many coffee shops, where you can take a break and have a nice cup of coffee and dessert.
After you have noshed and had your fix of coffee, head to Green Apple, which is located towards Arguello Blvd. I have been a regular visitor to Green Apple for over 10 years, and invariably end up buying a book from the store.
There are 2 stores located within a few doors from each other. One sells mostly books, and the other sells a combination of books and multimedia.
Green Apple Bookstore is a gem where you can browse for new and old books. You can also find second hand copies of the latest books for a good price. The second hand copies are usually in very good condition, and you can hardly tell that someone has read the book. The staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.
Right outside, they always have an interesting selection of books on sale.
From journal Browsing for books in San Francisco