Co-founded by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlenghetti, City Lights was one of the centers of the Beat community in the 1950s

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North Beach Underground Tour with Beat Museum Admission

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... You’ll see notable landmarks including City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio, Kerouac Alley, The Cellar and 1010 Montgomery. T...

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This 3 hours cruise includes dancing, dining and cruising on San Francisco Bay. Be mesmerized as the city lights glide p...

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Ride the Magic Bus: A 1960s-Era San Francisco Tour

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Teas Temples and Beatniks Tour Including Chinese Tea and Dessert Tastings

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 2 hours 30 minutes

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...cafes and restaurants while viewing iconic spots such as City Lights Bookstore, Coit Tower, and Washington Square Park.

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Halloween Segway Tour Through North Beach, Chinatown and the Embarcadero

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City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco

Co-founded by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlenghetti, City Lights was one of the centers of the Beat community in the 1950s.

Co-founded by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlenghetti, City Lights was one of the centers of the Beat community in the 1950s. It's iconic and has become synonymous with the literati Beat movement. They have a huge collection of Beat prose and poetry. Why not buy a copy of ''On the Road'' while you're there ? you won't find a better place to get it!


Hours

Sun

10:00

23:59

Mon

10:00

23:59

Tue

10:00

23:59

Wed

10:00

23:59

Thu

10:00

23:59

Fri

10:00

23:59

Sat

10:00

23:59

About City Lights Bookstore

 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States

 +1 415-362-8193

 www.citylights.com

City Lights Bookstore and Nearby Sights on Map

Jack Kerouac Alley

This tiny paved pedestrian alley was named after the famous Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac who used to hang out in the alley a lot

Matsu Temple

Dedicated to Matsu, goddess of the Sea, but has only been around since 1986

Beat Museum

Features quite an extensive collection of exhibits, books and manuscripts that focus on Jack Kerouac and the literary Beat Generation

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

Opened in 1962, this tiny factory produces more than 20,000 fortune cookies a day

Chinatown Alleys

Though Grant Avenue has a lot to offer, it is quite touristy; thus, it is essential that you examine the more authentic areas in the alleys, such as Waverly Place, Pagoda Place, Spofford Lane, and Ross Alley, between Grant and Stockton

Stylers Art Gallery

Enjoy authentic Chinese artwork at this gallery

Columbus Tower/Sentinel Building

This flatiron (wedge shaped) copper-green building is an unmistakable San Francisco beauty

Ping Yen Mural

Created by Darryl Mar, this mural celebrates the history of Chinatown and what life is like there today

Tin How Temple

This tiny temple is the oldest Taoist temple in the country

Norras Temple

This is the oldest Buddhist temple in the city and was named after the Norras Buddhist Temple in Tibet