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City Lights Booksellers: Tours & Tickets

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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
+1 415-362-8193
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend visiting the Beat museum close by followed by City Lights for an appreciation of Beat culture

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank georgia h
Reviewed 1 week ago

Book and poetry lovers need to visit this place. San Francisco doesn't have many bookstores and this place is special. There is a dedicated session and resistance literature and of course poetry. If you don't want or can buy a book, there are souvenirs like...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best book shop ever! Not only because of its history but also because it is open until midnight every day, it has an amazing collection of books and there are signs all around telling you to "Leave your phone and just be...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ElisaKre
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off, this is an all around wonderful bookstore. There's a huge variety of books to browse through, their buyers put a lot of thought into their selection. Second, the best children's/teens book section I've ever seen. I spent more time looking at their children's...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank WendyLauWong
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Home to the original Beat Generation in SF, City Lights honors its founders and original iconic patrons. At the same time, it has all the most current books and magazines - a huge selection that can keep you browsing and intrigued indefinitely. It's located in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mike K
Reviewed 3 September 2019 via mobile

It has 3 levels and there are many many many books! Just so neat the tall shelves and everything. Reasonable prices for books just like other stores but the architecture is what makes it unique.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank c0lliR
Reviewed 21 August 2019

This is the largest book store I've ever shopped. Overall I enjoyed the wonderful selection, of course, but it was so big it was too easy to get lost (I have a rotten sense of direction). God help you if you get separated from your...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank lindakQ3430HW
Reviewed 20 August 2019

I visited this bookstore on my last trip to San Francisco 16 years ago. This time we stumbled across it after a lovely meal in Little Italy. You don't see as many bookstores around these days, so it was a real oasis of calm to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Vanessa B
Reviewed 18 August 2019

A well laid out and historic bookstore, with a decidedly left political leaning. But that doesn't mean you can't find general literature and books about the history and sights of San Francisco.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank David C
Reviewed 13 August 2019

Helpful staff, great book choices. Wish I lived near something as storied as this place (no pun intended).

Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from victorag2016 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so, but just call to confirm.