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City Lights Bookstore

City Lights Bookstore

Chinatown, San Francisco
113 Tips and reviews
  • books
  • poetry section
  • allen ginsberg
  • novels
  • poet lawrence ferlinghetti and peter d martin
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  • Maria N.
    Maria Nelson1 day ago
    Loved this bookstore so much 😍 great selection, politically relevant, and well priced
  • Anna K.
    Anna KaminovaNovember 5, 2017
    A very good selection of cook books in the basement
    Upvoted Nov 7, 2017
  • Bastian G.
    Bastian Greshake TzovarasSeptember 2, 2017
    An institution that's worth every visit.
  • Alan-Arthur A.
    Alan-Arthur AureliaJuly 19, 2017
    Amazing book store with tons of books on the Beats and more!
  • Olivia M.
    Olivia MezaJuly 8, 2017
    Loved the second floor ❤️
  • Helio M.
    Helio MedeirosJune 24, 2017
    The infant books are downstairs
  • Eric S.
    Eric SabbanApril 8, 2017
    Very special, old bookstore. Be sure to spend your time downstairs: it's roomier, not rushed, and have very interesting material. In the post-bookstore era, this one reminds you how great they can be.
  • Finella Jianna V.
    Brings me to the past. Great selection of books. 😊
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TMarch 7, 2017
    A charming, expansive store! Great selection of fiction, political works, literary magazines, and poetry -- plus friendly, helpful staff.
  • Margherita B.
    Margherita B.March 3, 2017
    The Beat Generation place
  • Dean M.
    Dean MoriartyFebruary 7, 2017
    If your looking for something new, hip or different. If you're lost and looking for a bible that's significant towards the development of your personal mythology..look no further.
  • Rainbeau
    RainbeauJanuary 24, 2017
    Founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SmithNovember 12, 2016
    Support local bookstores & local printers & authors.
  • Carl M.
    Carl MackiOctober 3, 2016
    Willis, Tony, and Aliki Barnstone Reading this Thursday evening!
  • m d.
    m dSeptember 20, 2016
    Cool bookstore they're open until midnight. Their collections are surely interesting.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongSeptember 5, 2016
    If you enjoy browsing through a collection of books, then this is your spot.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 14, 2016
    A legend still doing high volume. Fun to see that they can assert a strong literary perspective in their recommendations and staff picks offline, in today's best seller, Amazon universe.
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurAugust 2, 2016
    City Lights is a can't-miss for its historic past. The bookstore and non-profit publisher focuses on progressive works and printed locally authored collections like Allen Ginsberg's famous Howl. Read more
  • Henna A.
    One of my favorites!! They're open late, making city lights a great place to hang out after a few drinks :)
  • Secil S.
    Secil SansevenJuly 7, 2016
    They have very nice people working and interesting walls. I liked the downstairs the most.
  • Danny Z.
    Danny ZlobinskyJuly 7, 2016
    A piece of history, and still a fantastic bookshop.
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕June 29, 2016
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the man! Thanks for everything Mr. Ferlinghetti!
  • Jones
    JonesJune 8, 2016
    Poetry room upstairs is unique
  • Jon T.
    Jon TerryJune 8, 2016
    An absolute treasure! Don't forget to see the poetry and beat section upstairs.
  • Dallin B.
    Dallin BryceJune 3, 2016
    Three floors of excellence and a phenomenal bar next door.
  • Arianna B.
    Arianna BisonMay 24, 2016
    Nice to visit
  • Martín H.
    Martín HunterApril 13, 2016
    Are you a "beatnik"? This place is a MUST.
  • Laura H.
    Laura HamlynMarch 30, 2016
    Book heaven
  • Anna K.
    Anna K.March 16, 2016
    Independent bookstore-publisher est. 1953 and became widely known after publishing Allen Ginsberg in 1956. Today, you can buy all kinds of books here.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 15, 2016
    Gorgeous, great for browsing. Not really much in the way of kids books.
  • Logan K.
    Logan KerrMarch 14, 2016
    Really cute space.
  • Bobak E.
    Bobak EsfandiariFebruary 17, 2016
    Support excellent and civic minded bookstores! This is the beating heart of our first amendment.
  • Saliem (Liem) C.
    Saliem (Liem) ChiuJanuary 18, 2016
    Small kids section in the basement
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonJanuary 9, 2016
    Extremely interesting book curation here. Really very unique in what it stocks, even among independent bookstores.
  • Reine G.
    Reine GentozalaJanuary 9, 2016
    The place stinks.
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    Great place to spend tome and cash.
  • Anita Y.
    Anita YuemingJanuary 2, 2016
    You can find books that you can't find else where!
  • Linda G.
    Linda GDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    No public bathroom. The science fiction section is small and at the very back of the basement. They have great graphic novels. :)
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviNovember 17, 2015
    One of many amazing bookstores in the city. I get lost in writers every time I come here
  • Liza P.
    Liza PNovember 15, 2015
    The best book store in the world! Legendary place, and the people who work here actually read. Always ask for recommendations.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FarrellOctober 13, 2015
    Sure it is of historical significance, but don't lose sight of the fact that it is a cracking bookstore
  • Enda N.
    Enda NasutionSeptember 22, 2015
    Come and smell the beats generation breathing behind your neck
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒September 5, 2015
    Great selection!
  • S D.
    S DAugust 13, 2015
    You can feel the history of this place as you go down each and every row of books. Do you like books? You have to check it out.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DiazJuly 19, 2015
    So much history here. Go up to the poetry section and check out all the posters from Beat authors on the wall
  • Robert H.
    Robert HawkinsJuly 7, 2015
    This is one of the most expertly curated bookstores I've ever been to. Long after the Beat Generation faded, Ferlinghetti's voice is strong.
  • Allison A.
    Allison AbbottJune 29, 2015
    Not as funky as I would have imagined it to be, but great selection (and obviously a worthwhile landmark for any lover of books or beatniks) nonetheless
  • Tiana D.
    Tiana DangerApril 23, 2015
    This place is magical. Get lost in it. And take a flick by the door- you'll know which one when you see it 😉
  • Jan S.
    Jan Shaw-FlammMarch 12, 2015
    One of a kind. Go for the books and the history.
  • Kirstie O.
    Kirstie O'DonnellJanuary 15, 2015
    Cool wee bookstore. Almost get lost in.
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