City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 362-4921
Phone: (415) 362-1901
Fax Number: (415) 362-4921
City Lights Publishing
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
City Lights Booksellers
Price Range : Average
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Bike Parking: Yes
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The world would be a better place if there was more bookstores like this in it. I have traveled across this country and rate this one of the best bookstores, anywhere. Even though the make their money selling books you will never be told to put it down or buy it here (unlike the chain bookstores). AWESOME staff that really knows their stuff and a great selection of both new and used books. If you visit the city and don't visit this place you are missing out.
03/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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!
03/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.