I love LA!
Not only is that a classic Randy Newman song, but I mean it backwards, forwards and walking past the local bum. And even though I spend over 50 hours a week in Downtown Los Angeles, I haven’t explored every book nook & cranny out there. Book pages are waiting to be turned and old library smell is waiting to be inhaled at iconic independent bookstores and libraries unique to LA. This summer, I’m going to make the most of our SoCal sunshining weekends and go on a bookworm tour of Literary LA!
Book Stores – While most bookworms have heard of The Last Bookstore, there are so many additional independent bookstore gems in LA and the surrounding areas that deserve to be visited:
The Last Bookstore, Caravan Book Store, Skylight Books, The Fashion Bookstore at California Mart, REDCAT Books, Books & Cookies, Mystery Pier Books, Book Soup, Hennessey + Ingalls, Bookmarc, Secret Headquarters, Pop-Hop Books & Print, Diesel, Vroman’s, Stories Books and Cafe, Traveler’s Bookcase, Dawson’s Book Shop, Distant Lands
Libraries – Like bookstores, libraries hold a special kind of magic. They keep literature alive, and LA has some of the most astounding libraries in the world:
The Huntington Library, LA Central Library, Doheny Memorial Library & Hoose Philosophy Library (USC), Powell Library (UCLA), Lincoln Heights, Vermont Square and Cahuenga Public Libraries (3 oldest public libraries in LA)
Literary Spots – These are both places that are iconic in novels, as well as fun book-themed spots that us bibliophiles want to stay forever:
Whimsic Alley, Angel’s Flight, Library Bar, The Library Store, Literati Cafe, Hemingway’s Lounge, The Wellesbourne
Come along with me for the ride! And if you have any suggestions of must-see booklover locations in Los Angeles, let me know! Happy Reading!