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City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, San Francisco

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4.6/5 based on 600 reviews on the web
One of San Francisco's most popular independent bookshops and publishers, City Lights Booksellers & Publishers remains best known for its atmosphere and storied history. The store offers a wide selection of books, from world literature to political content. Founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and educator Peter D. Martin, the establishment became famous when Ferlinghetti went to trial for publishing Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," considered an obscene book. Located at the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown, this spot still reflects the progressive ideals on which it was founded. Stop in to browse, soak up the literary history, or pick up a good read. With our world travel planner, San Francisco attractions like City Lights Booksellers & Publishers 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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  • Situated in arguably the most interesting area of San Francisco.Staff are cool with lengthy browsing visits. Can`t be beaten for it`s Beat section 
  • The shop itself was quaint, charming and well laid out and carried non mainstream titles. We walked here from Chinatown after a Dim Sum brunch, and after spending 2 hours at the bookstore, we walked u...  read more »
  • A place full of charm, a beautiful spirit "open books, open minds, open hearts", close to the Chinese and Italian neighborhood
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  • Very cool bookshop. Extensive collection, helpful and knowledgeable staff.
  • I love getting lost in here! City Lights also has some literary events and author signings. Check their website for schedules.
  • I love the conecept that put a bookstore and a historical place together. I liked the place openess, encourgaes everything to read, abd a really big variey of books on 3 floors. My favorit was the 3rd floor, the beat poetry. I visited a place just a tourist, read a little bit thab I bought some nice black and white postcards.
  • Not many bookstores like this any more! The staff ratings are very useful in working through the walls of shelves.
  • A historic bookstore that has very helpful staff and an amazing selection.
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