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City Lights Booksellers

261 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4586
+1 415-362-8193
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261 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4586
+1 415-362-8193
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Good selection of books...atmospheric in that you can imagine that it has not changed much at all since its beginnings and full of history. I would not go out of my way to visit this store unless the history of the place means something to...More

Thank CLT29
Reviewed 4 days ago

To grasp a bit of Bohemian, Beat and Hip San Francisco with a visit to the three floor City Lights Bookstore and publisher founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953 located on Columbus Avenue at Broadway. Get off the keyboard to see a wonderful place...More

Thank msarawak
Reviewed 1 week ago

This bookseller is what several beats dream to own, to roam, to read. i tried the famous chair and I felt like a guy that arrrive in Sanfrancisco !

Thank Alessandro M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply the best book store in the Bay Area. Great collection of beat era offerings and all sorts of interesting and obscure works.

Thank Yanni_Pannimayoo
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an experience. Fantastic bookstore. Able to spend hours just browsing through the many wonderful array of books. A must visit

Thank Rosemarie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a book lover, I felt the need to stop here and pay homage to THE independent bookstore. Great selection of bestsellers and not NYT bestsellers list. Visit the basement - part of it is under the sidewalk out front with little glass inserts to...More

Thank Panadda S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the iconic bookstore where the beat poets gathered, and it's going strong with current offerings as well. Buy a book!

Thank MVMInteriors
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's an institution as well as a good book store. Been here for decades, but is famous for the Beats and Beatniks. Worth a stop.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We need to support all our wonderful independent Book Stores before the internet devours them all. It is essential to go and brouse your day away. You wont be sorry!!

Thank 4JMP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At the intersection of Chinatown and North Beach, you will find the historic City Lights Bookstore. This is where the likes of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg hung out in the 60's -- the small pedestrian street next to the store is named in Kerouac's...More

Thank Harry W
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's
Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique
neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic
streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs
awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on
dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who
gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or
practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands,
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