City Lights Publishing

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My friends and I bought several books and some small chotchkie items from City Lights and had the best time hunting for obscure titles. I think the guy behind the desk got a kick out of us having so much fun! Highly recommend as this shop is for great times, soul searching and pleasant atmosphere!

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★★★★★

My friends and I bought several books and some small chotchkie items from City Lights and had the best time hunting for obscure titles. I think the guy behind the desk got a kick out of us having so much fun! Highly recommend as this shop is for great times, soul searching and pleasant atmosphere!

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This was at the top of our places to visit while we were in town. It wasn't the best experience. After the way the staff treated us, I'd never give them my money. It's a neat store, so it's unforunate that they have zero customer service. I took down the ISBNs of the books we planned to buy and ordered them from halfdotcom from the hotel. Olivia had to go to the bathroom and there was no "public" restroom, meaning I had to bolt out the door with Olivia trying to find a restaurant employee with a kind heart. It was surrounded by strip clubs, construction, hole-in-the wall places with signs that read "restrooms are for customers only." Obviously this place had a restroom (for employees). They were completely unapologetic even going so far as to argue with us later, "When you asked, did you say, 'My kid needs to [obscenity deleted]?'" Dude, I don't talk like that. The one guy asked, "Do YOU have a business?" Um, yeah, and I treat my customers with respect, like they are exceptional people and I feel privileged to have their patronage. He wanted to make the point that I didn't realize how complicated running a business could be. He actually doesn't have a business. He works at one.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was at the top of our places to visit while we were in town. It wasn't the best experience. After the way the staff treated us, I'd never give them my money. It's a neat store, so it's unforunate that they have zero customer service. I took down the ISBNs of the books we planned to buy and ordered them from halfdotcom from the hotel. Olivia had to go to the bathroom and there was no "public" restroom, meaning I had to bolt out the door with Olivia trying to find a restaurant employee with a kind heart. It was surrounded by strip clubs, construction, hole-in-the wall places with signs that read "restrooms are for customers only." Obviously this place had a restroom (for employees). They were completely unapologetic even going so far as to argue with us later, "When you asked, did you say, 'My kid needs to [obscenity deleted]?'" Dude, I don't talk like that. The one guy asked, "Do YOU have a business?" Um, yeah, and I treat my customers with respect, like they are exceptional people and I feel privileged to have their patronage. He wanted to make the point that I didn't realize how complicated running a business could be. He actually doesn't have a business. He works at one.

Pros: neat books

Cons: no bathroom, staff has no respect for customers, the area is a little sketchy, not set up for people with disabilities (it's an old store)

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This place is a legend unto itself. Known best for its days as The Beats hangout -- writers like Jack Kerouac held court here. City Lights is located in North Beach. And although most tourists just take a picture of the front, those who care about history should take a look inside. The store is filled with books you can't find anywhere else. Can you dig?

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★★★★★

This place is a legend unto itself. Known best for its days as The Beats hangout -- writers like Jack Kerouac held court here. City Lights is located in North Beach. And although most tourists just take a picture of the front, those who care about history should take a look inside. The store is filled with books you can't find anywhere else. Can you dig?

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This is one of those places where I could go in and browse for hours...days, if they didn't ever close. If you're interested in poetry or just love to try some new piece of fiction, this is the Mecca. Come and visit the "home" of the Beat Generation. Don't expect this to be a new and trendy bookstore with lots of "elbow room" to sit and chat. Here, you'll find every nook and cranny stuffed with books and more books. If you're a lover of the written word...make a pilgrimage to City Lights and just take it all in.

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★★★★★

This is one of those places where I could go in and browse for hours...days, if they didn't ever close. If you're interested in poetry or just love to try some new piece of fiction, this is the Mecca. Come and visit the "home" of the Beat Generation. Don't expect this to be a new and trendy bookstore with lots of "elbow room" to sit and chat. Here, you'll find every nook and cranny stuffed with books and more books. If you're a lover of the written word...make a pilgrimage to City Lights and just take it all in.

Pros: choices, and more choices

Cons: no parking

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You can find lots of hard to find books. They also have many unique and rare books. This is yet another popular books store in San Francisco. The staff is nice and helpful and are ready to assist your needs. This is also a well-known and popular book store to many people who do not even live in San Francisco.

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★★★★☆

You can find lots of hard to find books. They also have many unique and rare books. This is yet another popular books store in San Francisco. The staff is nice and helpful and are ready to assist your needs. This is also a well-known and popular book store to many people who do not even live in San Francisco.

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a very popular store in the city. they have many books and the staff are very friendly and helpful when you ask for assistance. it is also right outside of the 15 muni bus stop so it is very accessible. i used to always take the bus here so i would see the # of customers at city lights, which was also one of the reasons i decided to check this place out.

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★★★★★

a very popular store in the city. they have many books and the staff are very friendly and helpful when you ask for assistance. it is also right outside of the 15 muni bus stop so it is very accessible. i used to always take the bus here so i would see the # of customers at city lights, which was also one of the reasons i decided to check this place out.

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This bookstore is famous because of its association with the Beat poetry movement. In addition to selling lots of books, they have some Beat memorabilia too. It's not huge but has a great selection. I especially appreciate the zine selection, which is the best I've ever seen. There are many books here of local interest too. The place has a lot of atmosphere and personality. Everyone should go, locals and tourists alike.

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★★★★★

This bookstore is famous because of its association with the Beat poetry movement. In addition to selling lots of books, they have some Beat memorabilia too. It's not huge but has a great selection. I especially appreciate the zine selection, which is the best I've ever seen. There are many books here of local interest too. The place has a lot of atmosphere and personality. Everyone should go, locals and tourists alike.

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If you miss the oldage bookstores (trust me this place is a historical treasure) where you could find the wooden staircase and find old unused books, they have an amazing collection of books including an entire floor of books on literature and poetry. Also dont forget to be there for one of the amazing literary readings.

PROS: Historical place where you can find the most amazing collection of books
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If you miss the oldage bookstores (trust me this place is a historical treasure) where you could find the wooden staircase and find old unused books, they have an amazing collection of books including an entire floor of books on literature and poetry. Also dont forget to be there for one of the amazing literary readings.

PROS: Historical place where you can find the most amazing collection of books
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City Lights Bookstore should be christened a historical monument. It has seen such great things in the past and still today, truly buzzes with a true sense of history. Jack Kerouac read here, it was a huge meeting ground for the original beat poets in San Francisco, and it has always held an anti-government, communist stance. They have a great selection of books too... things youd never find at barnes and noble.

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★★★★★

City Lights Bookstore should be christened a historical monument. It has seen such great things in the past and still today, truly buzzes with a true sense of history. Jack Kerouac read here, it was a huge meeting ground for the original beat poets in San Francisco, and it has always held an anti-government, communist stance. They have a great selection of books too... things youd never find at barnes and noble.

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One day, while coming home from middle school years ago, I passed by a group of tourists who asked me if I knew how to get to a bookstore called City Lights. I gave them the directions, and they thanked me graciously. A few weeks after that, I met a few more tourists who was looking for a bookstore that they could not remember the name of, describing the store by using adjectives like "legendary, special, unique, famous," and "widely-known." I asked them if they were talking about City Lights, and they all nodded immediately, smiles on their faces.

At the time, I could not understand why City Lights was so popular. And then I went there about a year ago, and kicked myself for not going sooner. City Lights is a neighborhood bookstore at its best. A sweet little spot that many people will pass by without noticing, but a grand palace for those who are seeking it. City Lights is, believe it or not, a San Francisco landmark of sorts, and it's only a bookstore! Filled with history, culture, politics, tradition, and - of course - lots of quality books, City Lights is probably the only place in San Francisco you probably would not mind getting lost in.

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★★★★★

One day, while coming home from middle school years ago, I passed by a group of tourists who asked me if I knew how to get to a bookstore called City Lights. I gave them the directions, and they thanked me graciously. A few weeks after that, I met a few more tourists who was looking for a bookstore that they could not remember the name of, describing the store by using adjectives like "legendary, special, unique, famous," and "widely-known." I asked them if they were talking about City Lights, and they all nodded immediately, smiles on their faces.

At the time, I could not understand why City Lights was so popular. And then I went there about a year ago, and kicked myself for not going sooner. City Lights is a neighborhood bookstore at its best. A sweet little spot that many people will pass by without noticing, but a grand palace for those who are seeking it. City Lights is, believe it or not, a San Francisco landmark of sorts, and it's only a bookstore! Filled with history, culture, politics, tradition, and - of course - lots of quality books, City Lights is probably the only place in San Francisco you probably would not mind getting lost in.

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City Lights Bookstore sits at the tip of Chinatown and is well known for the many famous autnors who have come to sit and read here. It is also the first all-paperback bookstore in the country. A nice and cozy place to grab a book and relax while your in the area. Many interesting things to do around the area will draw you near the bookstore for sure.

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★★★★☆

City Lights Bookstore sits at the tip of Chinatown and is well known for the many famous autnors who have come to sit and read here. It is also the first all-paperback bookstore in the country. A nice and cozy place to grab a book and relax while your in the area. Many interesting things to do around the area will draw you near the bookstore for sure.

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...make sure you stop in here at least once. Its reputation as one of the best bookstores in a city full of great bookstores is well-deserved. It is a little bit crowded, but you'll hardly notice if you're as into wandering around San Francisco's tiny shops as I am.

Even if you're not, this place has an historical value that makes seeing it at least once worthwhile, especially if you're into Beat poetry. Ferlinghetti started the place, and Ginsberg's "Howl" was published here.

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★★★★☆

...make sure you stop in here at least once. Its reputation as one of the best bookstores in a city full of great bookstores is well-deserved. It is a little bit crowded, but you'll hardly notice if you're as into wandering around San Francisco's tiny shops as I am.

Even if you're not, this place has an historical value that makes seeing it at least once worthwhile, especially if you're into Beat poetry. Ferlinghetti started the place, and Ginsberg's "Howl" was published here.

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Located on Columbus Avenue and Jack Kerouac Alley, considered hallowed ground by Beatniks across the globe, City Lights Bookstore has no need of riding upon historical reputation when it comes to the business of bookselling. Their selection remains to be beaten in San Francisco in terms of unused books. There's something here for everyone, including an entire upstairs devoted entirely to poetry. Literary readings here are also frequent, so be sure to pick up a brochure informing you who'll be reading next.

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★★★★★

Located on Columbus Avenue and Jack Kerouac Alley, considered hallowed ground by Beatniks across the globe, City Lights Bookstore has no need of riding upon historical reputation when it comes to the business of bookselling. Their selection remains to be beaten in San Francisco in terms of unused books. There's something here for everyone, including an entire upstairs devoted entirely to poetry. Literary readings here are also frequent, so be sure to pick up a brochure informing you who'll be reading next.

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This is a super cozy place with old, wooden stairs and ceiling-to-floor bookcases. It's exactly what a bookstore should look like. It's a little difficult to navigate for the first time, but you'll be sure to fall in love. Great selection of books. If you need to escape from the city for a little bit, just curl up onto a chair with a book at City Lights.

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★★★★☆

This is a super cozy place with old, wooden stairs and ceiling-to-floor bookcases. It's exactly what a bookstore should look like. It's a little difficult to navigate for the first time, but you'll be sure to fall in love. Great selection of books. If you need to escape from the city for a little bit, just curl up onto a chair with a book at City Lights.

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Want a bookstore that's not all about Danielle Steel, Stephen King and Dean Ornish? This is the bookstore for people who really read, write, and care about books. Don't miss the fab poetry room upstairs.

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Want a bookstore that's not all about Danielle Steel, Stephen King and Dean Ornish? This is the bookstore for people who really read, write, and care about books. Don't miss the fab poetry room upstairs.

 

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