City Lights Booksellers, a funky bookstore founded by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, serves as a literary meeting place in San Francisco. Stop in and have a look around this independent bookstore/publishing house established in 1953 and famous for the obscenity trial it faced after releasing Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" in 1956. Located between North Beach and Chinatown, this bookstore became a historic landmark in 2001. You can also shop the unique book collection here, which focuses on world literature, arts, and politics. With our online itinerary creator, San Francisco attractions like City Lights Booksellers can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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City Lights Booksellers reviews
Nothing beats an indie book shop and City Lights is at the top of the list. Whether published by their own imprint or classic works I can spend hours here.
Nothing beats an indie book shop and City Lights is at the top of the list. Whether published by their own imprint or classic works I can spend hours here. more »
We love this bookstore's history and the whole vibe. We highly recommend you pop in to see this little gem.
We love this bookstore's history and the whole vibe. We highly recommend you pop in to see this little gem. more »
Forever Famous Since the 1960’s....A real San Francisco Treat! Shop here... A world famous bookstores from the time of The Beat Generation... amazing Bookstore...it has been. Vast collection of great book. Check their calendar...a real Go to place in SF for decades..
Bookstore with eclectic selection that you won't commonly find elsewhere (especially not on Amazon). I always stop by when I'm in the area. You'll also get exposure to books from smaller publishers or authors that makes the experience feel far more intimate than just another commercial bookstore.
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