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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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Famous bookstore founded and still owned by Beat Generation poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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261 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4586
Chinatown
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"book store"
in 72 reviews
"beat generation"
in 54 reviews
"book lovers"
in 41 reviews
"jack kerouac"
in 34 reviews
"love books"
in 27 reviews
"independent bookstore"
in 27 reviews
"great bookstore"
in 23 reviews
"beat poets"
in 23 reviews
"great selection of books"
in 15 reviews
"staff recommendations"
in 9 reviews
"book selection"
in 9 reviews
"non fiction"
in 8 reviews
"literary history"
in 7 reviews
"ferlinghetti"
in 66 reviews
"literature"
in 41 reviews
"browse"
in 63 reviews
"author"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun and different. Always find something to take home. It is the best place to step out of the busy streets and just wander the shelves.

Thank tiedtoyesterday
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great selection, and great location. You can wander the aisles here for quite a while, and score some great books. Friendly folks too.

Thank travelersanfrancisc0
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so much fun just to browse the stacks. I found a little hand written book/map for ice cream in San Francisco. Also, I love all the staff's picks and the descriptions of why they love the book.

Thank vinniey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What I love about this bookstore, other than it's history of course, is that it has great book recommendations through the store and it has a really chill, unpretentious feel to it. Love to stop here when ever I"m in town and support it. Stop...More

Thank MarciMF
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stop in for a half an hour to browse. I did buy two books. Some references to beatnik history. The walk around the shop is city scenic-tons of Italian restaurants nearby.

Thank jmbiel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed just down the street at Hotel Boheme. So much history on this block! Combined with the alley and the Beat Museum, this is a perfect afternoon for any book lover.

Thank Angel S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

City Lights Bookstore, the original San Francisco publishers of Alan Ginsburg's "Howl" and other works of the Beat era, is still up and running. Nowadays their poetry section is augmented by political books, fiction, and other progressive publications. It is reported that original owner Lawrence...More

Thank Paul_Har
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

My daughter is a big Allen Ginsberg fan, so this visit was a must. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore with all kinds of books. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Thank missy64sully
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

You could spend hours in this fabulous bookshop. Huge range of (slightly obscure) titles and helpful staff.

Thank Peter G
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

This place is a haven for the beat generation of books. Bought a couple by Allen Ginsberg because I was staying at the Boheme Hotel where Ginsberg lived. A must stop if in the North Beach area.

Thank Ed K
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