Found in L.A.: The Last Bookstore

Last Bookstore

Want to know about the time I felt like Belle in Beauty and the Beast when she discovers the castle’s library? Visiting The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. was kind of like that.

If you love books, this is a book lover’s heaven. And if you don’t—though I’m not sure how that’s possible—The Last Bookstore will make you love books.

Last Bookstore

Last Bookstore

Last Bookstore

This magical place was named with irony in mind, but as the number of book stores continues to diminish, well, just about everywhere, this really is one of the few that seems to be thriving. And as soon as you walk in, it’s easy to see why. The 10,000 square foot space is the largest-selling independent book store in California, selling new and used books and records. It’s easy to get lost. (I totally forgot about the parking meter, which I let expire while I browsed.)

records

labyrinth

Last Bookstore

Upstairs is what’s called the “Labyrinth,” where there are more than 100,000 used books for just a dollar each. THAT’S RIGHT, FOLKS. You can really get your reading on here. If you’re into bookshelf porn, this is the place to visit. The Labyrinth really lives up to its name, too. I couldn’t believe how expansive it was. Every time you think you’ve reached the end of the books, there’s another hidden corner to turn. And what better place for a bibliophile to get lost?

Last Bookstore tunnel

book tunnel

books and light

The Last Bookstore also commissioned several artists for funky, permanent installments, which really add so much to the whimsy of the place. Can you imagine how especially fun this would be to explore as a kid? You could turn any child into an avid reader by bringing them here.

art installment

art installment

old cameras

books organized by color

There are also lots of events at the Last Bookstore, like readings and open mics. Apparently, you can even get married there. (Would be well-suited for a couple of book-lovers, no?) I can’t wait to go back.

Would anyone else like to spend his or her whole day at The Last Bookstore? Angelenos, where should I visit next?

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Comments

  1. *drools* This alone is worth a flight to L.A.

  2. That place looks amazing!

  3. Whaaaat, why have I not been here yet?!

  4. Whoaaaaaaaaa. Talk about Belle’s library come to life, indeed! They don’t make bookstores like this anymore.

    (The cynic in me is wondering how long this bookstore will manage to be a thing? Is it funded generously by someone or something?)

  5. Oh. My. GOD. WANT.

  6. Ha, I’d walk out of there with more books than I could possibly read (slow reader and all). However, it looks AWESOME! I’m trying to visit California next year so I would love to try and make it there but baby steps. :) Precious gem you’ve shared there Cassie, thanks! Have a great weekend! -Iva

  7. I could live there. Can you give up the address?

  8. whoa.. this place looks awesome! i’m going to have to put it on my list to do before i leave.

  9. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I kill time by hanging out in Powell’s City of Books in Portland, and end up wishing I didn’t have a schedule so that I could look at all the books all day long. The Last Bookstore looks even more magical- that tunnel of books is beyond!

  10. Wow, that place looks amazing! It really does look like an old fashioned library, so beautiful.

  11. That place looks simply amazing! I wanna go someday. I’m already in love with books and if I had my way, my whole apartment would be filled with them. Hehehe

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