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City Lights Bookstore

City Lights Bookstore

Chinatown, San Francisco
108 Tips and reviews
  • books
  • kerouac
  • novels
  • allen ginsberg
  • poetry section
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  • Carl M.
    Carl Macki2 weeks ago
    Willis, Tony, and Aliki Barnstone Reading this Thursday evening!
  • m d.
    m dSeptember 20
    Cool bookstore they're open until midnight. Their collections are surely interesting.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongSeptember 5
    If you enjoy browsing through a collection of books, then this is your spot.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 14
    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
    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.
    They have very nice people working and interesting walls. I liked the downstairs the most.
  • Danny Z.
    A piece of history, and still a fantastic bookshop.
  • 💕Linds💕
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the man! Thanks for everything Mr. Ferlinghetti!
  • Jones
    JonesJune 8
    Poetry room upstairs is unique
  • Jon T.
    Jon TerryJune 8
    An absolute treasure! Don't forget to see the poetry and beat section upstairs.
  • Dallin B.
    Three floors of excellence and a phenomenal bar next door.
  • Arianna B.
    Nice to visit
  • Martín H.
    Are you a "beatnik"? This place is a MUST.
  • Laura H.
    Laura HamlynMarch 30
    Book heaven
  • Anna K.
    Anna KozlovaMarch 16
    Independent bookstore-publisher est. 1953 and became widely known after publishing Allen Ginsberg in 1956. Today, you can buy all kinds of books here.
    Upvoted Aug 7
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 15
    Gorgeous, great for browsing. Not really much in the way of kids books.
  • Logan K.
    Logan KerrMarch 14
    Really cute space.
  • Bobak E.
    Bobak EsfandiariFebruary 17
    Support excellent and civic minded bookstores! This is the beating heart of our first amendment.
  • Saliem (Mei) C.
    Small kids section in the basement
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonJanuary 9
    Extremely interesting book curation here. Really very unique in what it stocks, even among independent bookstores.
  • Reine G.
    The place stinks.
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7
    Great place to spend tome and cash.
  • Anita Y.
    Anita YuemingJanuary 2
    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.
    Upvoted Aug 7
  • 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
  • Monica C.
    Monica CAugust 17, 2014
    Make sure you give yourself enough time here for some thorough browsing. I could easily spend hours here.
  • mipadi
    mipadiAugust 16, 2014
    Check out the basement. There's a really interesting selection of books down there, including an ample science fiction section.
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KramerAugust 15, 2014
    Exactly what you want from an independent bookstore. It's quiet, has charm and a good selection.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, the independent bookstore and publisher specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. Read more
  • Karri S.
    Karri SaarinenJuly 7, 2014
    Beat generation bookstore
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