City Lights Booksellers And Publishers

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  • Address: 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm Details
  • Phone: +1415-3628193
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, Book Shop

This independent bookstore is a publishing and historical landmark in San Francisco. Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin founded it in 1953. It became famous in the obscenity trials after publishing Beat Generation author Allan Ginsberg’s writings in Howl and Other Poems. This controversy would go on to make it alright to release previously banned books in the USA. Today, it’s a three storey bookstore focusing on fiction, poetry, cultural studies, world history, and politics.

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  • Buses 10, 12, 41 stop at Broadway and Grant Ave.
  • Buses 8, 8BX, 41 stop at Columbus Ave and Broadway.

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  • City Lights Booksellers And Publishers Address: 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
  • City Lights Booksellers And Publishers Contact Number: +1415-3628193
  • City Lights Booksellers And Publishers Timing: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Time required to visit City Lights Booksellers And Publishers: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 1.06% of people who visit San Francisco include City Lights Booksellers And Publishers in their plan

  • 60% of people start their City Lights Booksellers And Publishers visit around 5 PM - 6 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see City Lights Booksellers And Publishers

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

80% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting City Lights Booksellers And Publishers

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City Lights Booksellers And Publishers Reviews & Ratings

  • Great bookshop! Green Apple has a healthy mix and selection of both used and new books. The tables out front are definitely worth a look! I spend quite a while rifling through them & emerged with too many gems for cheap.

  • This is just an incredible place. The history running through it is almost unbelievable and the space reminds you of that while not feeling at all dated or dingy. In fact it's almost too neat and organized considering it's origins but there's just enough grit, posters and protest pamphlets and memorabilia dating back to the 60s to keep it totally authentic while being such a functional modern store at the same time. Awesome, broad selection of books, both beat classics and contemporary alternative/progressive works. Prices are maybe a tad high but come on, you know they have to charge that to pay the sky-rocketing rents and keep this institution going, it's worth every penny for the ambiance and historical significance. Will definitely drop by any time I can get to SF.

  • Mecca for poetry lovers and beat era writers. It was celebrating their 71st birthday that day. Lawrence Ferlinghetti wasn't there yet. Warning: not terribly ADA friendly but entirely worth the risk.

  • Next to Powell's bookstore in Portland Oregon, City Lights Booksellers & Publishers is the best. So many books, and who knew people still read. It's a thing. Very artsy store and patrons. Clean and organized. Whole floor dedicated to poems. This is a must visit place if you like books, knowledge or curious why people read.

  • This is my first time to visit SF. This Vintage bookstore is special in USA history and American west history. All the books are great. But I got 5 nice vintage postcards here. The owner is worm hearted and knowledgeable. And the staff was helpful.

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