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City Lights Booksellers

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Address: 261 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4586
Phone Number: 415 362 8193
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Famous bookstore founded and still owned by Beat Generation poet Lawrence...

Famous bookstore founded and still owned by Beat Generation poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

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City Lights Booksellers, SF

Four of us visited City Lights for an hour. This well known landmark, owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is well stocked with poetry (of course), fiction, biography and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Four of us visited City Lights for an hour. This well known landmark, owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is well stocked with poetry (of course), fiction, biography and history, and specializes in Beat Generation authors. Near good coffee shops, bars and restaurants in North Beach, its well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was on our daughter's to-do list as she'd studied the Beat poets at university so it was an unexpected treat for the rest of us. This is how a bookshop should be. Spread out through a series of adjoining rooms, upstairs and downstairs, it was an Aladdin's cave for book-lovers. Would have bought a crate load if I hadn't... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved spend an hour in this place. Here you can smell beat poetry and, besides, found a large collection of very kind of book, in a human scale, quite magical.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Three floors of books to browse and an entire floor of poetry. Such interesting topics it was hard to choose just one book!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit when you're walking through North Beach, make sure to browse through the selection of books downstairs too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in several times. More to browse and share a bit of history. Old and musty with many of the hard to find poets of the Beat Generation. Worth a visit.

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Harrisburg, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're into the Beat writers, gotta make this a must-do. Friendly sales people; good prices on books.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Come if you enjoy books! This might be the only bookstore available here. It might be small but compact. Check out the books, you might be able to find something that you have been looking for, but could not find elsewhere. It is always a good place to drop by when you are at the neighbourhood.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited with 3 kids and everyone found something to read. The poetry room at the top was a bit offputting - quiet and small and well occupied. However, the rest of the store is a real eye opener - so nice to be in a book shop that's not homogenised. There are kids books in the basement, and chairs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here is a bookstore to remind you how richly rewarding reading can be. Walk in. Survey the assorted and well-curated collections. Beautiful, no? Just waiting for you to pick one out, thumb the pages. Read. By all means read. Become engrossed. Get lost. Like St. Augustine said in his "Confessions": toll lege - take up and read! The disappearance of... More 

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