City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco

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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  • Great selection of independently published works and a great atmosphere that encourages visitors to pull a book off the shelf and start reading. Events here are also great and worth attending if you follow recent indie publisher releases or works in translation. This is also a very progressive political establishment so if that bothers you, etc.
  • Awesome and historic SF bookstore. Be prepared to pay full cover price for all the books though. What’s great about this place is that there are great staff picks marked in each section.
  • Great place to get books, historic location, awesome hours and friendly staff. What's not to love? I've never been disappointed by the selection.
  • If you’re going to be in San Francisco for a day you need to stop here. This is one very unique bookstore that Amazon will never put out of business. Take the time next time you’re in San Francisco to enjoy a clearly unique bookstore that provides many options and many different titles for those that are in the San Francisco Bay area
  • City lights is perfect! They have great selection of books as well as amazing staff recommendations.

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