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City Lights Bookstore

City Lights Bookstore

Chinatown, San Francisco
105 Tips and reviews
  • books
  • poetry section
  • allen ginsberg
  • novels
  • poet lawrence ferlinghetti and peter d martin
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  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin T2 weeks ago
    A charming, expansive store! Great selection of fiction, political works, literary magazines, and poetry -- plus friendly, helpful staff.
  • Margherita B.
    Margherita B.3 weeks ago
    The Beat Generation place
  • Dean M.
    Dean MoriartyFebruary 7
    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
    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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 💕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 KozlovaMarch 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 (Mei) C.
    Saliem (Mei) 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
    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.
  • Dillon C.
    Dillon ChenJanuary 9, 2015
    If you like to browse your books late at night, this is the place to go. Open till midnight. Staff is super helpful, they don't turn to a computer straight away to find something.
  • Claire J.
    Claire JudsonDecember 21, 2014
    Lots of history
  • Claire J.
    Claire JudsonDecember 21, 2014
    Very cool place, love the recommendations posted
  • Mariah M.
    Mariah MOctober 16, 2014
    their book selection is great.
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Any bookstore where you can shop till midnight, and catch Daniel Handler in a fez playing the accordion, cannot be a bad bookstore.
  • Mason B.
    Mason BatleySeptember 25, 2014
    Excellent wide selection of books.
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 15, 2014
    Amazing bookstore with a well-curated selection. Love the poetry section upstairs.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressAugust 28, 2014
    Meet Nayomi Munaweera on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her debut novel Island of a Thousand Mirrors. Also in conversation with Paul Yamazaki. Read more
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