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City Lights Booksellers & Publishers - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

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About City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

City Lights Books is a landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. It was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin. It offers three floors of new-release hardcovers and paperbacks from all major publishers, as well as a large selection of titles from smaller, independent publishers


Attractions Near City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

Chinatown San Francisco
Chinatown San Francisco0.43km from City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

This is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese enclave outside Asia.

Transamerica Pyramid
Transamerica Pyramid0.43km from City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

This is a 48-story futurist building and the second-tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. It was the tallest building in San Francisco from its inception in 1972 until 2018.

Washington Square park
Washington Square park0.47km from City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

This is one of the city's first parks established in 1847. It has been featured in many feature films. The park is bordered by sidewalk cafes and restaurants such as Mama's, Park Tavern restaurant and the Liguria Bakery as well as the Sts. Peter and Paul Church.

Coit Tower
Coit Tower0.53km from City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

Coit Tower, is one of the city’s most interesting destinations. Located on top of Telegraph Hill, it provides 360-degree views of the entire city. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built between 1932 and 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

San Francisco Cable Car Museum
San Francisco Cable Car Museum0.54km from City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

The San Francisco Cable Car Museum in the Nob Hill area offers exhibits that trace the history and workings of the iconic San Francisco cable cars. The museum is part of the complex that also houses the cable car power house, which drives the cables, and the car depot.

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar0.69km from City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

The Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is a restaurant and tiki bar in the Fairmont San Francisco hotel in San Francisco, California. Named after the South Pacific nation of Tonga, this dining and entertainment venue opened in 1945. The Tonga Room replaced the Terrace Plunge, an indoor swimming pool that was installed in the Fairmont in 1929. The pool was transformed into the Tonga Room's lagoon.

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