Best bookstores in Los Angeles

Check out the top bookstores in Los Angeles, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Skylight Books
1. Skylight Books
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32 local reviews
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 323-660-1175
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Zack
Great neighborhood bookstore. They have readings and a full art books annex. Wonderful place to unplug and str…
Holly
This is one of the best independent bookstores in LA. There is a very active calendar of readings and other ev…
Caroline
Beautiful, independant bookstore. They do their job so well they actually EXPANDED with the annex next door. …
1. Skylight Books
1. Skylight Books
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32 local reviews
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 323-660-1175
Zack
Zack
Great neighborhood bookstore. They have readings and a full art books annex. Wonderful place to unplug and strike up a face-to-face conversa…
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…
Caroline
Caroline
Beautiful, independant bookstore. They do their job so well they actually EXPANDED with the annex next door. Oh , and there is a tree in t…
2. Hennessey + Ingalls
2. Hennessey + Ingalls
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3 local reviews
300 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 213-437-2130
Book storeHome goods storeStore
Sue
L.A.’s premier bookstore for all things art and design.
Marilyn
Yet another great art, architecture, photograpahy, gardening, etc., bookstore!
Greg
Amazing bookstore focused on design of all disciplines, architecture, and photography. One of the best booksto…
2. Hennessey + Ingalls
2. Hennessey + Ingalls
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3 local reviews
300 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 213-437-2130
Sue
Sue
L.A.’s premier bookstore for all things art and design.
Marilyn
Marilyn
Yet another great art, architecture, photograpahy, gardening, etc., bookstore!
Greg
Greg
Amazing bookstore focused on design of all disciplines, architecture, and photography. One of the best bookstores in LA! Parking near in San…
3. Barnes & Noble
3. Barnes & Noble
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4 local reviews
13400 Maxella Ave, Marina del Rey
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 310-306-3213
Book storeElectronics storeHome goods store
Cj
Modest size bookstore.
Greg
One of the last bookstores nearby! Surrounded by tons of retail and small restaurants.
Liberty
Part of a Shopping area...
3. Barnes & Noble
3. Barnes & Noble
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4 local reviews
13400 Maxella Ave, Marina del Rey
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 310-306-3213
Cj
Cj
Modest size bookstore.
Greg
Greg
One of the last bookstores nearby! Surrounded by tons of retail and small restaurants.
Liberty
Liberty
Part of a Shopping area...
4. Small World Books
4. Small World Books
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9 local reviews
1407 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 310-399-2360
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Lisa
Tucked in next door to the Sidewalk Cafe, this is a small but meaty little bookstore. Worth a browse and/or p…
Barbara
Fantastic bookstore with a dedicated staff. Local atmosphere, a good inventory including some travel guides (l…
Barbara
Great bookstore hidden away on the boardwalk - a quiet oasis in the middle of boardwalk madness :) Buy a book …
4. Small World Books
4. Small World Books
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9 local reviews
1407 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 310-399-2360
Lisa
Lisa
Tucked in next door to the Sidewalk Cafe, this is a small but meaty little bookstore. Worth a browse and/or purchase!
Barbara
Barbara
Fantastic bookstore with a dedicated staff. Local atmosphere, a good inventory including some travel guides (local and beyond), & a cat like…
Barbara
Barbara
Great bookstore hidden away on the boardwalk - a quiet oasis in the middle of boardwalk madness :) Buy a book for the beach!
5. Stories
5. Stories
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28 local reviews
1716 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 8:00 AM
+1 213-413-3733
CafeBook storeStore
Antoine
Nice bookstore and café in the heart of Echo Park, a lot of locals meet and hang out there, it has a quiet pat…
Carrie
Great little bookstore with cafe, cozy and great for working at your laptop and just grabbing coffee a browsin…
Sharaya
Bookstore and Cafe. Great used book selection. Wifi. Cafe. Backdoor patio. They often have live music outside…
5. Stories
5. Stories
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28 local reviews
1716 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 8:00 AM
+1 213-413-3733
Antoine
Antoine
Nice bookstore and café in the heart of Echo Park, a lot of locals meet and hang out there, it has a quiet patio in the back.
Carrie
Carrie
Great little bookstore with cafe, cozy and great for working at your laptop and just grabbing coffee a browsing books
Sharaya
Sharaya
Bookstore and Cafe. Great used book selection. Wifi. Cafe. Backdoor patio. They often have live music outside. Check their site for calendar…
6. Downtown
6. Downtown
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85 local reviews
Downtown, Los Angeles
NeighborhoodPolitical
Robin
Long neglected downtown LA has come to life over the last 5 years. There are all sorts of great places to see…
Robyn
Great architecture, galleries, secret bookstores (Last Bookstore) and boutiques (Dosa).
Sunny
20 minute drive to the happening Downtown LA - visit Nokia Live, Staples Center or the LA Convention Center
6. Downtown
6. Downtown
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85 local reviews
Downtown, Los Angeles
Robin
Robin
Long neglected downtown LA has come to life over the last 5 years. There are all sorts of great places to see: Clifton's Cafeteria (amazing…
Robyn
Robyn
Great architecture, galleries, secret bookstores (Last Bookstore) and boutiques (Dosa).
Sunny
Sunny
20 minute drive to the happening Downtown LA - visit Nokia Live, Staples Center or the LA Convention Center
7. The Last Bookstore
7. The Last Bookstore
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43 local reviews
453 S Spring St, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 213-488-0599
Book storeElectronics storeHome goods store
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 bookstores​ in the world! Incredible selection, beautiful space wit…
Sven
Iconic bookstore with statues and tunnels made out of books. Some sections are tucked away in vaults. Strange …
7. The Last Bookstore
7. The Last Bookstore
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43 local reviews
453 S Spring St, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 213-488-0599
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 bookstores​ in the world! Incredible selection, beautiful space with poetry/book readings on a ve…
Sven
Sven
Iconic bookstore with statues and tunnels made out of books. Some sections are tucked away in vaults. Strange book-related sculptures. Giant…
8. Beyond Baroque
8. Beyond Baroque
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4 local reviews
681 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles
+1 310-822-3006
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Jodie
Beyond Baroque. Beyond Baroque is one of the United States’ leading independent Literary | Arts Centers and p…
Lisa + Joe
An independent Literary/Arts Centers and public space dedicated to literary and cultural production. Readings,…
Eva
Library, events, used to be the City Hall long time ago....
8. Beyond Baroque
8. Beyond Baroque
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4 local reviews
681 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles
+1 310-822-3006
Jodie
Jodie
Beyond Baroque. Beyond Baroque is one of the United States’ leading independent Literary | Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to expa…
Lisa + Joe
Lisa + Joe
An independent Literary/Arts Centers and public space dedicated to literary and cultural production. Readings, new music, free workshops, pu…
Eva
Eva
Library, events, used to be the City Hall long time ago....
9. Alias Books East
9. Alias Books East
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6 local reviews
3163 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 323-661-9000
Book storeHome goods storeStore
Sean & Emily
Great bookstore. Unique and well organized collection of books and prints. Owner is helpful and conversational…
Jessica
This little bookstore carries used books with a focus on literature, film and the arts.
Mariana
Great little neighborhood bookstore
9. Alias Books East
9. Alias Books East
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6 local reviews
3163 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 323-661-9000
Sean & Emily
Sean & Emily
Great bookstore. Unique and well organized collection of books and prints. Owner is helpful and conversational.
Jessica
Jessica
This little bookstore carries used books with a focus on literature, film and the arts.
Mariana
Mariana
Great little neighborhood bookstore
10. Laemmle's Playhouse 7
10. Laemmle's Playhouse 7
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21 local reviews
673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 626-844-6500
Movie theaterPoint of interestEstablishment
Lia + Garry
Presents many independent films. Next door to Vroman’s Bookstore.
Maria
This is an independent movie theater with great films. Check their website for ticket prices and showings. It …
Maria
This is an independent movie theater with great films. Check their website for ticket prices and showings. It …
10. Laemmle's Playhouse 7
10. Laemmle's Playhouse 7
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21 local reviews
673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 626-844-6500
Lia + Garry
Lia + Garry
Presents many independent films. Next door to Vroman’s Bookstore.
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…
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…
11. Vroman's Bookstore
11. Vroman's Bookstore
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18 local reviews
695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 626-449-5320
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Ginger
Finest and oldest bookstore in Pasadena. Thriving Laemelle movie house next door, Blaze Pizza next to that, Pa…
Maria
This is a lovely bookstore in a great area. They have an amazing coffee shop called the Next Chapter an the Co…
Lia + Garry
This is the oldest independent bookstore on the west coast — more than 100 years old — with a great selection …
11. Vroman's Bookstore
11. Vroman's Bookstore
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18 local reviews
695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 626-449-5320
Ginger
Ginger
Finest and oldest bookstore in Pasadena. Thriving Laemelle movie house next door, Blaze Pizza next to that, Pasadena Playhouse, Zona Rosa co…
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 …
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…
12. Chevalier's Books
12. Chevalier's Books
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5 local reviews
126 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 323-465-1334
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Paul
Fantastic bookstore. They have a terrific selection for kids and often have author readings.
Terry & Michele
The oldest bookstore in Los Angeles. Sick of having to guess what to read next? Come here to get recommendat…
Gb
Our local Independent bookstore.
12. Chevalier's Books
12. Chevalier's Books
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5 local reviews
126 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 323-465-1334
Paul
Paul
Fantastic bookstore. They have a terrific selection for kids and often have author readings.
Terry & Michele
Terry & Michele
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…
Gb
Gb
Our local Independent bookstore.