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The poets Ginsberg and Kerouac made it famous in the ’50s, but City Lights is more than a “historic landmark”—it still earns its reputation as the radical indie bookstore everyone loves. The three-story maze of sunlit rooms is the ideal place to get lost for a few hours of browsing through sections like “Muckraking,” “Dada,” and “Balkan Fiction.” The poetry floor alone is worth a pilgrimage; the frequent live readings still evoke the counterculture energy of the Beat founders.

DISTRICT
North Beach
ADDRESS
PHONE
+14153628193
WEBSITE
OPENING TIMES
Daily 10 am to midnight
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
F to The Embarcadero / Broadway
Bus 8X, 8BX, 41 Columbus / Broadway
Bus 10, 12, 41 to Broadway / Grant
PRICE LEVEL
moderate
SHOP TYPE
Books / music

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