Pages of History
At the nexus of North Beach and Chinatown, about twenty minutes from our San Francisco area hotel is a piece of literary cultural history in the form of City Lights Bookstore. An independent bookstore and publisher, as well as the nation’s first all-paperback bookstore, City Lights was founded in 1953 by famous Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and is famous as a stronghold of beatnik culture and also for publishing poet Allan Ginsburg’s then-controversial collection of poems, "Howl." In 2001 City Lights was declared an historic landmark and even today preserves its reputation as countercultural and alternative. With three floors of rare and obscure books, City Lights is worth checking out for its rich history, or if you’re just looking for a good book.
Address: 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco