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City Lights Booksellers

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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“beat generation”(59 reviews)
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261 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4586
+1 415-362-8193
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Reviewed yesterday

Was SUCH a thrill to walk into this storied bookseller. Echoes of its history ring through each crooked stairwell and stack of books (that would be difficult to find elsewhere). This is about an authentic as it gets. Don't forget to check out Jack Kerouac...More

Thank Katie O
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow is all I can say! What a book store. I'm so glad I visited here on my short visit to San Francisco. I visited on Sunday October 7th and spent about 1.5 hours here but would have spent a lot longer there if I...More

Thank Holly D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always looking for the next good read and this place offer alternative but endearing advice. The are 3 levels of books so there is something for every body. I just wish there were more comfortable chairs to skim books before deciding.

Thank TroelsJ61
Reviewed 1 week ago

The smell of books, old and new, narrow alleyways between high shelves, steep, winding staircases, this bookstore is the stuff all bookstores should be made of. With the feel of an old second-hand shop but with the very latest titles from the cutting edge of...More

Thank jaso747
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This bookstore is historic. If you're into avengarte literature, Beat Movement Poetry, etc., then you must stop in. Sure, it's cramp and old. But, it's worth it.

Thank Alan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a nice place with so many niche books. As with any book store, could have stayed for hours and hours.

Thank HotelSnobLittleRock
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take yourself back in time to the summer of love. It lives here in an unchanged place but with updated titles.

Thank karen2450
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re a book lover, a child of the ‘60s, a progressive, a student of or an advocate for civil and human rights, a rebel, a member of the Resistance, or if you just love old bookstores, then you should go to City Lights in...More

1  Thank Jon R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Allow more time to browse than you think you'll need, Many rooms to wander and books not found at chain type store some published by City Lights Press and other small publishers, A great place to hang out , a must visit for fans of...More

Thank Barbra B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love books you have to visit this gem in quirky North Park--which is an awesome place to wander. I found all kinds of interesting books that I never see in Barnes and Noble or regular book stores. When I went, there was a...More

1  Thank Kimberly U
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gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or
practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands,
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Response from Victora G | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so, but just call to confirm.