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“A fantastic bookshop” 5 of 5 stars
Review of City Lights Booksellers

City Lights Booksellers
261 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Chinatown)
415 362 8193
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Owner description: Famous bookstore founded and still owned by Beat Generation poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Milan, Italy
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“A fantastic bookshop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

This is the famous bookshop where beat poets could publish their banned works. Actually it's possible to find a really refined books collection about almost everything: prose, poetry, manuals, magazine and much more... sometimes they organize conference (I was there during an interesting conference about economics ).
The employees aren't intrusive and it's possible to browse in silence.
Grate collection of magazine!

Visited September 2012
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Montara, CA
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“Here's where the Beats came together”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

A selection of books found nowhere else; historically SF; publisher of some foundational contemporary books; the ghosts of Kerouac and others linger on.

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Maple Valley, Washington
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“Another S.F. Landmark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

My husband and I have been going to City Lights since the 1970's. We still like to go in and look around upstairs and down. A lot of history in this bookstore itself. Can you dig it, Man? Ferlinghetti, et.al. Love how the stairs creak. City Lights can never relocate and continue their success. These walls just contain way too much nostalgia of 40-50 years ago!

Visited February 2012
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“The Bookstore and Cultural SF Icon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

Everyone deserves to visit City Lights if not once then on every visit to San Francisco. Upstairs houses the finest poetry selection anywhere. The fiction shelves are full. And downstairs will surprise any book lover with the varied selections available. Be Beat. Be aware. The literary history of this place is contagious.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Landmark Bookstore and Publisher”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Not to be missed while strolling around North Beach this landmark bookstore and publisher is the hub of the Beat Generation. This place is like an alternative culture's landmark, like a library of just the right stuff and filled with a variety of selections for everyone. It's one of the great independent bookstores in the United States. You can feel the hisory of this important establishment as you browse the stacks. Breath it all in and grab a great read and head next door to Vesuvio where the great writers of the Beat Generation once hung out.

Visited October 2012
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