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City Lights Booksellers: Tours & Tickets

Open today: 10:00 - 00:00
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Famous bookstore founded and still owned by Beat Generation poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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261 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4586
+1 415-362-8193
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The title says it all. But I need to write 100 characters, minimum for TripAdvisor. So - iconic San Francisco Bookstore. Why would you go to San Francisco without stopping in here, and yeah, you will want to buy some books. Trust me.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MartinC4333
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are a book lover this is the place for you. I made a special effort to visit City Lights when I was in San Francisco and came back for a second visit. Just love browsing here. Love the atmosphere.There are books here you...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank tksjourney
Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend visiting the Beat museum close by followed by City Lights for an appreciation of Beat culture

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank georgia h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Book and poetry lovers need to visit this place. San Francisco doesn't have many bookstores and this place is special. There is a dedicated session and resistance literature and of course poetry. If you don't want or can buy a book, there are souvenirs like...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Galileu G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the best book shop ever! Not only because of its history but also because it is open until midnight every day, it has an amazing collection of books and there are signs all around telling you to "Leave your phone and just be...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ElisaKre
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off, this is an all around wonderful bookstore. There's a huge variety of books to browse through, their buyers put a lot of thought into their selection. Second, the best children's/teens book section I've ever seen. I spent more time looking at their children's...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank WendyLauWong
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Home to the original Beat Generation in SF, City Lights honors its founders and original iconic patrons. At the same time, it has all the most current books and magazines - a huge selection that can keep you browsing and intrigued indefinitely. It's located in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mike K
Reviewed 3 September 2019 via mobile

It has 3 levels and there are many many many books! Just so neat the tall shelves and everything. Reasonable prices for books just like other stores but the architecture is what makes it unique.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank c0lliR
Reviewed 21 August 2019

This is the largest book store I've ever shopped. Overall I enjoyed the wonderful selection, of course, but it was so big it was too easy to get lost (I have a rotten sense of direction). God help you if you get separated from your...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank lindakQ3430HW
Reviewed 20 August 2019

I visited this bookstore on my last trip to San Francisco 16 years ago. This time we stumbled across it after a lovely meal in Little Italy. You don't see as many bookstores around these days, so it was a real oasis of calm to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Vanessa B
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Response from victorag2016 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so, but just call to confirm.