One of many amazing bookstores in the city. I get lost in writers every time I come here
The best book store in the world! Legendary place, and the people who work here actually read. Always ask for recommendations.
Sure it is of historical significance, but don't lose sight of the fact that it is a cracking bookstore
Come and smell the beats generation breathing behind your neck
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.
So much history here. Go up to the poetry section and check out all the posters from Beat authors on the wall
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.
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
This place is magical. Get lost in it. And take a flick by the door- you'll know which one when you see it 😉
One of a kind. Go for the books and the history.
Cool wee bookstore. Almost get lost in.
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.
Lots of history
Very cool place, love the recommendations posted
their book selection is great.
Any bookstore where you can shop till midnight, and catch Daniel Handler in a fez playing the accordion, cannot be a bad bookstore.
Excellent wide selection of books.
Amazing bookstore with a well-curated selection. Love the poetry section upstairs.
Make sure you give yourself enough time here for some thorough browsing. I could easily spend hours here.
Check out the basement. There's a really interesting selection of books down there, including an ample science fiction section.
Exactly what you want from an independent bookstore. It's quiet, has charm and a good selection.
Beat generation bookstore
I wanna a book. rsrsrs
Love♡♡.. phenomenal bookstore
simply the best
Obvious place to go.
Reading books may change your life!
City Lights Bookstore is the epicenter of Beat History, founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin in 1953.
Learn how to look at a burrito here.
A great source for modern communist thought
It’s more than just a bookstore, it’s a forum for free thinking.
This place is fantastic in its selection of books, historical significance and proximity to the Beat Museum! Worth the trip to visit.
There's a picture with a funny caption about breakfast on the stairs that lead up to the poetry section..
I wish I never had to leave this beautiful three story bookstore! It feels like taking a step back in time whenever you go in!
Relax with a book in the original Beatnik hangout, the first all-paperback bookstore in America when poet-owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti opened the doors in 1953. - Green Guide Editor
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's legendary bookstore is not to be missed. He has been a literary force since the '50s, and the store has been in North Beach since 1953. [Racked 38 Member]
Cut across jack Kerouac alley and you travel from Italy to china
Such an incredible bookstore, you'll never want to leave.
Excellent bookstore and with a rich Beatnik history. Photos of Kerouac et.al. abound.
Go in, grab a seat upstairs, and read Howl.
Buy a fucking book, huh?
Amazing literature in translation section. One of the best I have seen in the US.
I can't leave this place! Every time I try to leave another great book I've been meaning to read catches my eye! Damn you City Lights.
Put down your Kindle and read a book here the way things were meant to be read.