You know this place is special when it is the first spot a foreign exchange student wants to go upon arrival! Situated inside a former bowling alley, this massive independent music store offers the largest music selection in the Bay Area. (The original Amoeba, which opened in 1990, is on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, and another branch is in Hollywood.) A wide-open interior room is filled with music-related items—including the store’s specialty CDs and vinyl records—and special listening rooms are available for classical items. All this and they buy and trade, too!