Bookstores aren’t just literary gathering spots—they’re often beautiful, fascinating destinations in their own right. Here are a few of our favorites around the world that are worth a trip (or two) out of your way. (Plus, you won't be stuck with whatever paperback you picked up at the airport for your whole vacation.)
City Lights Books
Founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953, City Lights has remained a bastion of the counterculture in San Francisco's North Beach. If you still haven't picked up a copy of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," this would be the place to do it: The epic Beat poem was first published by City Lights Publishing in 1956 as part of its Pocket Poems series.
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