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Best Bookstores in Los Angeles

118 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

This is really one of the best Independent bookstore in the world! Incredible selection, beautiful space with poetry/book readings on a very regular basis. Also good music section, and art galler... read more


Skylight Books

1818 North Vermont Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

73 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.

Great neighborhood bookstore. They have readings and a full art books annex. Wonderful place to unplug and strike up a face-to-face conversations with a local.

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.


Vroman's Bookstore

695 East Colorado Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

35 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 a lovely bookstore in a great area. They have an amazing coffee shop called the Next Chapter an the Colorado Street entrance. It is next door to an independent movie theater and lots of res... read more

Finest and oldest bookstore in Pasadena. Thriving Laemelle movie house next door, Blaze Pizza next to that, Pasadena Playhouse, Zona Rosa coffee. Walk there!! Only 7 blocks.

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!


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.

Well-lit, well-curated, used book store. An incredible array of great options and a helpful staff.


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.”

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.


Hennessey + Ingalls

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

6 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!

Spacious bookseller featuring a large inventory of volumes about art, architecture & design.

1 local Airbnb host recommends



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

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

1 local Airbnb host recommends


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!


Chevalier's Books

126 North Larchmont Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Fantastic bookstore. They have a terrific selection for kids and often have author readings.

The oldest bookstore in Los Angeles. Sick of having to guess what to read next? Come here to get recommendations from the well-read staff. Great kid's books too.


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

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Read a book and relax by the beach


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!


Hennessey + Ingalls

1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard·Map·Hours·

4 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

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!

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.



123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St·Map·Hours·Website·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Imported Japanese books and periodicals, books in English about Japan and the Japanese-American experience, and a great selection of stationary.

Lots of Japanese books and magazines. Fave!!

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.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Charming bookstore in Uptown with a nice selection of books for adults and children... they also have a little selection of records which is fun to look through; and the staff is quite friendly. I... read more


Barnes & Noble

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

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.

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Walking distance from the house, great books and atmosphere.

Walking distance from the studio.

One of the few remaining bookstores.


Read Books

4972 Eagle Rock Blvd·Map·Hours·

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great couple run a bookstore. They're happy to chat about good reads. Google hours.