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Business Description
Established in 1953, City Lights Bookstore is a general book store, specializing in featuring a wide range of books based on world literature, arts, and progressive politics. Based in San Francisco, Calif., the store carries a vast array of books for readers of all ages. City Lights also serves as a book publisher.

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Phone: (415) 362-4921

Phone: (415) 362-1901

Fax Number: (415) 362-4921

Payment method
check, discover, master card, visa, amex, all major credit cards
Northeast San Francisco, North Beach, Chinatown
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City Lights Publishing

City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

City Lights Booksellers

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Book Publishers, Book Stores, Publishers
Other Information

Parking: Street

Price Range : Average

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Bike Parking: Yes


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The world would be a better pl...

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.



One of the best book stores in the World!

It's not hype! This place is a legendary book store. City Lights Bookstore is for readers. Forget about those large, corporate and dull book giants. City Lights has character and one of the best selections of poetry in America.



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Pleasant atmosphere!

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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The worst customer service in all of San Francisco. SAD.

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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Everything under the sun!

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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North Beach Landmark

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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