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Stories Books and Cafe

Restaurants, Cafés Echo Park
5 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
 (Photograph: Kate Wertheimer)
Photograph: Kate WertheimerStories Books and Cafe
 (Photograph: Kate Wertheimer)
Photograph: Kate WertheimerStories Books and Cafe
 (Photograph: Kate Wertheimer)
Photograph: Kate WertheimerBack patio of Stories Books and Cafe
 (Photograph: Kate Wertheimer)
Photograph: Kate WertheimerStories Books and Cafe

Time Out says

Stories Books and Cafe is a funky, cozy spot off Sunset Boulevard—a bookstore/coffee shop hybrid with new and used titles packed floor to ceiling, plus a little cafe in the back with good coffee and fresh food. There's also an outdoor patio popular with the freelance crowd, which gets packed with coffee fiends during the day and is used as an event space at night. If you're looking for an obscure book, chances are they'll have it here. There's also a good selection of gift-y things such as greeting cards, coloring books and magnets and mugs (our favorite has a hot librarian graphic and the words "reading is sexy"). Regular events include readings, signings and open mic comedy, although we'd rather just go for a good latte.



Address: 1716 West Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 8:30am-9pm; 8:30am-10pm; Fri Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-8pm
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5 out of 5 stars

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Love this little bookshop and cafe!! Grab a coffee and book and hang out for a while and then head to the lake for a perfect afternoon.

I come here to look at books, have some coffee (or mimosas), work in peace, or just hang out in the patio with friends. This place always has a crowd, even on late nights, which makes it an absolute Echo Park favorite.


When people say Los Angeles has no culture, look no further than a place like Stories.  A great independent bookstore and neighborhood hangout, it also makes regular appearances in independent movies set in LA.  Stop in for rotating curated selections, boxes of bargain books (once it was a box full of 70s sci fi paperbacks), as well as plenty of normally priced new books.  They have a good selection of used books as well.  With postcards and various interesting tchotchkes for sale, it's also a great spot for finding a unique gift for a friend or family member.  The cafe and patio at the back make this a great spot to meet friends or live the "writer" lifestyle, tapping away in a cafe while mainlining coffee.

A true neighborhood hangout. It's a communal office by day, perfect place to stop for a coffee on your way from 826LA or to the Echo. Late night comedy and spoken word with a glass of wine. Truly embodies the old school Echo Park sense of relaxed and creative community.

Stories is a great local bookstore and cafe that actively contributes to the Echo Park community. First of all, they are an independent book store that supports local artists, performers and writers. That alone is huge. They also have a shaded, dog-friendly patio, and they have the most eclectic lineups of live events, and now they even have beer and wine available, long with coffee, tea ... It' also a great place to find out what is happening in Echo Park.


Stories! I love coming in here just to peruse, picking up books and reading the last page before moving onto the next one (sue me). Wish such a tiny space, the bookshelf aisles can get a little congested sometimes, but everyone is polite in maneuvering their way around. If you've landed on a book that you want to buy - or even if you want to read your own magazine that you've brought - order some coffee and a pastry from the shop and settle in.