Best bookstores in Los Angeles

Check out the top bookstores in Los Angeles, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. The Last Bookstore
1. The Last Bookstore
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179 local reviews
453 S Spring St, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 213-488-0599
Book storeElectronics storeHome goods store
Riot Material
Books! Live music! Back room reading alcoves, intimate and unusual shops, Grand Central Market right down the …
Kev
This is really one of the best Independent bookstore in the world! Incredible selection, beautiful space with…
Otis
This is really one of the best Independent bookstore in the world! Incredible selection, beautiful space with …
1. The Last Bookstore
1. The Last Bookstore
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179 local reviews
453 S Spring St, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 213-488-0599
Riot Material
Riot Material
Books! Live music! Back room reading alcoves, intimate and unusual shops, Grand Central Market right down the street, nearby bars and speake…
Kev
Kev
This is really one of the best Independent bookstore in the world! Incredible selection, beautiful space with poetry/book readings on a ver…
Otis
Otis
This is really one of the best Independent bookstore in the world! Incredible selection, beautiful space with poetry/book readings on a very…
2. Skylight Books
2. Skylight Books
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100 local reviews
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 323-660-1175
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Todra
This bookstore with it's live tree in the center is both pretty and informative. There are weekly author signi…
Robert
This much-cherished, cozy neighborhood bookstore in Los Feliz strikes a neat balance between intellectual crow…
Holly
This is one of the best independent bookstores in LA. There is a very active calendar of readings and other ev…
2. Skylight Books
2. Skylight Books
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100 local reviews
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 323-660-1175
Todra
Todra
This bookstore with it's live tree in the center is both pretty and informative. There are weekly author signings, readings and discussions …
Robert
Robert
This much-cherished, cozy neighborhood bookstore in Los Feliz strikes a neat balance between intellectual crowd-pleasers and more unusual fa…
Holly
Holly
This is one of the best independent bookstores in LA. There is a very active calendar of readings and other events. Lots of books about LA a…
3. Stories
3. Stories
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111 local reviews
1716 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 12:00 AM (midnight)
+1 213-413-3733
CafeBook storeStore
Fab
This is a bookstore with a cafe in the back, and a patio where they host free music, story telling and stand-u…
Cole
The other great Echo Park coffee staple is Stories- a cool bookstore with a coffee shop in back and a great ou…
Alex
Bookstore and coffee shop with a patio, WiFi, and breakfast items. Serves beer and puts on live music and ent…
3. Stories
3. Stories
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111 local reviews
1716 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 12:00 AM (midnight)
+1 213-413-3733
Fab
Fab
This is a bookstore with a cafe in the back, and a patio where they host free music, story telling and stand-up shows WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY wit…
Cole
Cole
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 sm…
Alex
Alex
Bookstore and coffee shop with a patio, WiFi, and breakfast items. Serves beer and puts on live music and entertainment acts at night. Happ…
4. Vroman's Bookstore
4. Vroman's Bookstore
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45 local reviews
695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 626-449-5320
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Maria
This is a lovely bookstore in a great area. They have an amazing coffee shop called the Next Chapter an the Co…
Caroline
Pasadena Oldest bookstore. Not only they are knowledgeable and carry an amazing selection of books, cards, gam…
Lia + Garry
This is the oldest independent bookstore on the west coast — more than 100 years old — with a great selection …
4. Vroman's Bookstore
4. Vroman's Bookstore
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45 local reviews
695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 626-449-5320
Maria
Maria
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 …
Caroline
Caroline
Pasadena Oldest bookstore. Not only they are knowledgeable and carry an amazing selection of books, cards, games and gift but they offer gre…
Lia + Garry
Lia + Garry
This is the oldest independent bookstore on the west coast — more than 100 years old — with a great selection and very helpful staff. Be sur…
5. Small World Books
5. Small World Books
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14 local reviews
1407 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 310-399-2360
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Barbara
Fantastic bookstore with a dedicated staff. Local atmosphere, a good inventory including some travel guides (l…
Jennifer
A hidden gem on the crazy boardwalk. Independent bookstore, very well curated selection of books. Escape the m…
Barbara
Great bookstore hidden away on the boardwalk - a quiet oasis in the middle of boardwalk madness :) Buy a book …
5. Small World Books
5. Small World Books
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14 local reviews
1407 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 310-399-2360
Barbara
Barbara
Fantastic bookstore with a dedicated staff. Local atmosphere, a good inventory including some travel guides (local and beyond), & a cat like…
Jennifer
Jennifer
A hidden gem on the crazy boardwalk. Independent bookstore, very well curated selection of books. Escape the madness of the scene just outsi…
Barbara
Barbara
Great bookstore hidden away on the boardwalk - a quiet oasis in the middle of boardwalk madness :) Buy a book for the beach!
6. Alias Books East
6. Alias Books East
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16 local reviews
3163 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 323-661-9000
Book storeHome goods storeStore
Fritz
Favorite neighborhood bookstore! Highly curated selection, everything in perfect condition. (I just found the …
Sean & Emily
Great bookstore. Unique and well organized collection of books and prints. Owner is helpful and conversational…
Jeremy
Best (used) bookstore for miles around. Really well-curated, and not so big that you feel overwhelmed.
6. Alias Books East
6. Alias Books East
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16 local reviews
3163 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 323-661-9000
Fritz
Fritz
Favorite neighborhood bookstore! Highly curated selection, everything in perfect condition. (I just found the complete set of Foxfires in ha…
Sean & Emily
Sean & Emily
Great bookstore. Unique and well organized collection of books and prints. Owner is helpful and conversational.
Jeremy
Jeremy
Best (used) bookstore for miles around. Really well-curated, and not so big that you feel overwhelmed.
7. Hauser & Wirth
7. Hauser & Wirth
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50 local reviews
901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 213-943-1620
Art galleryPoint of interestEstablishment
Mathew
Hauser & Wirth is an international gallery devoted to contemporary and modern art, founded in Switzerland by I…
Susan
This gallery just opened up with a magnificent historical show comprised of women sculptors. Although a galle…
Marco
Recently opened in an old flour mill. The place is HUGE and free. An easy walk up San Pedro and East on 3rd…
7. Hauser & Wirth
7. Hauser & Wirth
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50 local reviews
901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 213-943-1620
Mathew
Mathew
Hauser & Wirth is an international gallery devoted to contemporary and modern art, founded in Switzerland by Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Ursu…
Susan
Susan
This gallery just opened up with a magnificent historical show comprised of women sculptors. Although a gallery, it is the size of a museum…
Marco
Marco
Recently opened in an old flour mill. The place is HUGE and free. An easy walk up San Pedro and East on 3rd. Has an excellent art booksto…
8. 189 The Grove Dr
8. 189 The Grove Dr
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6 local reviews
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles
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Scenic shopping place with movie theater, bookstores, cafes, and much more!
8. 189 The Grove Dr
8. 189 The Grove Dr
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6 local reviews
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles
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Scenic shopping place with movie theater, bookstores, cafes, and much more!
9. Griffith Observatory
9. Griffith Observatory
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1997 local reviews
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Bus stationTransit stationPoint of interest
Amalya
A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located in on Mount…
Douglas
A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located on Mount Ho…
Dave
The Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the …
9. Griffith Observatory
9. Griffith Observatory
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1997 local reviews
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Amalya
Amalya
A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located in on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, t…
Douglas
Douglas
A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the …
Dave
Dave
The Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission a…
10. Mystic Journey Bookstore
10. Mystic Journey Bookstore
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15 local reviews
1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 310-399-7070
Book storeJewelry storeHome goods store
Stacey
One of L.A.'s favorite specialty bookstores, Mystic Journey hosts frequent seminars and lectures by leading au…
Ink
Mystic Journey Bookstore is the largest spiritual hub for books, gifts, high quality crystals, events and psyc…
10. Mystic Journey Bookstore
10. Mystic Journey Bookstore
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15 local reviews
1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 310-399-7070
Stacey
Stacey
One of L.A.'s favorite specialty bookstores, Mystic Journey hosts frequent seminars and lectures by leading authors. Crystals and natural he…
Ink
Ink
Mystic Journey Bookstore is the largest spiritual hub for books, gifts, high quality crystals, events and psychic readings in Los Angeles. O…
11. Laemmle's Playhouse 7
11. Laemmle's Playhouse 7
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59 local reviews
673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 310-478-3836
Movie theaterPoint of interestEstablishment
Maria
This is an independent movie theater with great films. Check their website for ticket prices and showings. It …
Jennifer
Open daily, popular for indie films. Attached to one of the best independent bookstores left in LA, Vroman's.
Lia + Garry
Presents many independent films. Next door to Vroman’s Bookstore.
11. Laemmle's Playhouse 7
11. Laemmle's Playhouse 7
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59 local reviews
673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 310-478-3836
Maria
Maria
This is an independent movie theater with great films. Check their website for ticket prices and showings. It is located in a new area of Pa…
Jennifer
Jennifer
Open daily, popular for indie films. Attached to one of the best independent bookstores left in LA, Vroman's.
Lia + Garry
Lia + Garry
Presents many independent films. Next door to Vroman’s Bookstore.
12. Los Feliz
12. Los Feliz
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22 local reviews
Los Feliz, Los Angeles
NeighborhoodPolitical
Anthony
Los Feliz is a quaint little neighborhood where you can peruse various clothing boutiques, bookstores, restaur…
Marlene
20 minute walk from Silverlake is the Los Feliz neighborhood. Starting at Vermont Ave and Sunset Blvd you have…
Jessica
There are several restaurants and bars along with great clothing shops and a movie theater...oh yeah...there's…
12. Los Feliz
12. Los Feliz
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22 local reviews
Los Feliz, Los Angeles
Anthony
Anthony
Los Feliz is a quaint little neighborhood where you can peruse various clothing boutiques, bookstores, restaurants and even catch a movie at…
Marlene
Marlene
20 minute walk from Silverlake is the Los Feliz neighborhood. Starting at Vermont Ave and Sunset Blvd you have a whole other assortment of c…
Jessica
Jessica
There are several restaurants and bars along with great clothing shops and a movie theater...oh yeah...there's also an awesome bookstore.