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Best Bookstores in Los Angeles

111 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There is no greater selection of used (with new ones as well) books in an inviting book store where you can sit and read or relax. They have a side room which is an art book section - these are al... read more

Iconic bookstore with statues and tunnels made out of books. Some sections are tucked away in vaults. Strange book-related sculptures. Giant pillars and lofty ceilings. A sense of history pervades ... read more



$· 1716 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The other great Echo Park coffee staple is Stories- a cool bookstore with a coffee shop in back and a great outdoor patio. They also have small bites of food for breakfast and lunch:)

Bookstore that is open late and sells beer and wine! I'm in heaven.


Skylight Books

1818 North Vermont Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fantastic books are crammed in every corner of this crowded shop - but the amazingly knowledgeable staff are there to help you find your way and/or turn you on to something new.

Beautiful, independant bookstore. They do their job so well they actually EXPANDED with the annex next door. Oh , and there is a tree in the middle and a resident cat.

Unique bookstore with incredibly knowledgeable staff and all kinds of books you can't find at a big retailer. Beautiful and serene atmosphere with local cat!


Vroman's Bookstore

695 East Colorado Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

32 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Everything a bookstore should be! Plus it has a sidewalk coffee cafe for people watching, great newsstand, superb movie theater next door and terrific flan across the street at the Mexican restaurant.

This is the oldest independent bookstore on the west coast — more than 100 years old — with a great selection and very helpful staff. Be sure to see the tile mosaics in the rear patio.

We come here as a family to let the kids play while we shop the kids section books. Great selection, quaint bookshop, and unique gift ideas! I never leave empty handed.

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good browsing and good prices on a carefully culled selection of used and collectable books on all subjects. When you go down to Franklin Village one night, go in whether you want a book or not.

Fabulous selection of used books, DVDs, music, and more!


Book Soup

8818 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you wish to explore the fabled Sunset Strip, start here. Perhaps the city's last great book store yet to be devoured by Amazon. Frequent book signings and literary events. Great Karma. Books too.

Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard is one of LA's favorite independent book shops, and one of the ones most likely to be hosting the latest celebrity author book signings

World-class authors offer readings and signings every day at Book Soup in West Hollywood, the self-proclaimed “Bookseller to the Great and Infamous.”


Alias Books East

$$· 3163 Glendale Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

15 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great bookstore. Unique and well organized collection of books and prints. Owner is helpful and conversational.

Alias is one of my favorite local book stores . You can pick up one of a kind used books for a great price. Alias carries an excellent selection of reads all across the board.

Great used book store. Lots of art books and vintage editions as well as more contemporary stuff.


Small World Books

$$· 1407 Ocean Front Walk·Map·Hours·Website·

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Small World has a small but nice selection of recently released books, classics, coffee table books, etc. Nice staff with picks and recommends.

One of the best independent book stores in our neighborhood. RIght on the boardwalk next to the Famous Sidewalk Cafe (I don't recommend the food there though).

Fantastic bookstore with a dedicated staff. Local atmosphere, a good inventory including some travel guides (local and beyond), & a cat like all good bookstores. They will order any title for you.

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the last bookstores nearby! Surrounded by tons of retail and small restaurants.


Mystic Journey Bookstore

$$· 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you feel like getting caught up in self-help, esoteric, health, mental well-being, or like having a tarot or psychic reading, here is the bookstore!

Mystic Journey Bookstore is the largest spiritual hub for books, gifts, high quality crystals, events and psychic readings in Los Angeles. Open 7 days.


Hennessey + Ingalls

300 S Santa Fe Ave M, Los Angeles, CA 90013·Map·Hours·Website·

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yet another great art, architecture, photograpahy, gardening, etc., bookstore!

Amazing bookstore focused on design of all disciplines, architecture, and photography. One of the best bookstores in LA! Parking near in Santa Monica Parking Structure #2 - 2 hours free!

L.A.’s premier bookstore for all things art and design.



$$· 8407 Melrose Place·Map·Hours·Website·

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend


Arcana: Books on the Arts

$$$· 8675 W Washington Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE art and photography bookstore in Los Angeles!

Lee Kaplan created one of the best book stores in the world of new, out of print and rare books on photography, art, fashion, design, architecture and cinema. A must.


The Iliad Bookshop

5400 Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favorite used bookshop. They have lots of books related to Hollywood too. And very cute kittens.

Forgot to bring a book? The Iliad has a great selection of used and affordable books.

The best bookstore in Los Angeles!! Floor to ceiling of every book you can imagine! Great prices and nice, helpful staff. There are comfy reading areas, water to drink, cats that sleep on stacks of... read more

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is our neighborhood book store. It has a great assortment of new and used books all at affordable prices. They also have events such as poetry readings and silk screening workshops.

The cutest bookstore ever, complete with kids' reading area, second hand book cart, and your own local friendly bookstore owner.

Browse Pop-Hop‘s wooden shelves for a small but curated collection of fiction, art and new books from local presses. A separate children’s section has kid-size stacks to remind them what a real bookst

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the few remaining book stores around

Huge 3-story bookstore (with CDs and DVDs too), and cafe on top floor with wifi... Presentations and readings by popular authors and celebs every week. 15-minute walk.


Larry Edmunds Bookshop

6644 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Hours·

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great source for Hollywood and filmaking books.


Barnes & Noble

$$· 12136 Ventura Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·


The Green Man Store

5712 Lankershim Blvd·Map·Hours·

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is the place to go for crystals and gems, they also sell sage bundles, tarot cards, dressed candles and other stuff. I just go for the crystals though!

Mystical Shop! If you want to help your luck or cast a spell, get your fortune read, this is the place to go!

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a place you can spend hours in, even if you're not into books! They have a phenomenal inventory of used and new treasures. Well worth the 5 minute walk!

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Chris is very cool, a great place for us nerds to hang and check out the latest comics and action figures.

For comic book nerds! Relatively new spot. They have comics, graphic novels, and toys. 15 minute walk. A good place to hang if you're waiting for brunch spots at Ostrich Farm.

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Part bar, part coffee house, part library.

The best spot for listening to jazz and enjoying a beer or cup of coffee!

1 local Airbnb host recommends

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Every Magazine you could want, great place to pick up cool and unique souveniers and gifts.

Charming little bookstore great for all sorts of last minute gifts.

Great little book and curios gift shop. Grab a mag or a pack of smokes and kick it in the village with locals.


Chevalier's Books

126 North Larchmont Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great little local bookstore, especially if you like an alternative to Barnes&Noble. Frequent author signing events. (Walking distance)


Hennessey + Ingalls

1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing book store! Books on film, Design, Art, etc ... Great stationary too!

Seller of used, rare & out-of-print books about art, architecture, design, fashion & photography.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Walking distance from the house, great books and atmosphere.

Walking distance from the studio.