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Amoeba Records

Amoeba Records
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Type of Attraction
Shopping Areas & Stores
Interests That Apply
Shopping, Music, Local Culture
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Price: Free
Free to browse and often cheap to buy.
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
Notes: There are no restrooms at the store, but head next door to the McDonalds if you really need to go.
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Amoeba Records

The Best Music Store in the World

Expert Pick Off The Beaten Path Must See

Address: Phone:
1855 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
+1 415 831 1200


Amoeba Records is the largest independent record store in the world, and certainly the most fun. Located in the pulsing heart of the Haight-Ashbury district, Amoeba houses every musical selection you could desire (and then some), no matter how obscure or hard to find it is. From recordings of Allen Ginsberg's spoken word, to Pakistani sacred Quwwali music, chances are, they have the recording you're looking for. Legend has it that the cavernous store was once a bowling alley before being converted into San Francisco's mecca of music. Amoeba's staff displays a frighteningly expansive knowledge of music trivia, along with multiple facial piercings. Amoeba is also a great place to people watch. Here, punk rockers brush up against conservative opera buffs as together they peruse 24,000 square feet of music. Amoeba buys and sells CDs, Vinyl, 45s, 78s, and DVDs from all genres.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 10:30am-10pm, Mon-Sat; 11am-9pm, Sun
Visit Time: 1hr-Half day(4hr)
Average Wait Time: None
Notes: You have to check your other bags and backpacks at the door.
Price: Free
Price Notes: Free to browse and often cheap to buy.


Indoor with climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bicycle Bus Taxi Walking
Parking Availability: Limited
Notes: You may have to search for a spot and walk a few blocks, but parking is available. Pay close attention to street signs!

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