Where the “Beatniks” once roamed.
City Lights Bookstore, a North Beach institution was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin.
It is one of the greatest independent bookstores in the US and a San Francisco treasure. Here you will find a huge selection of paperbacks & hard covers from all major publishing houses including their own City Lights publishing. They feature an extensive selection of poetry, politics, and history and philosophy books.With over 50 years of alternative culture happenings from Banned books to Beatnik uprising, City Lights books still contributes and influences to modern day.
City Lights also offers weekly reading series and special events.