The Last Bookstore

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The Last Book Store

If the Last Bookstore Downtown were really our last bookstore, we'd be in good shape. Currently housed in what used to be an old bank building (complete with marble columns and giant doors), the store first began in a loft apartment and has since expanded to include a record shop, coffee bar and "Labyrinth" mezzanine level solely dedicated to $1 books. It's now the largest independent bookstore in Southern California. You can sell or trade old books here, pick up new ones, grab a record or a cup of joe, and attend a myriad of events including readings, book signings, writer's groups, open mic nights and concerts. It's a true community hot spot, bringing like-minded literary folks together to create, inspire and share in an open and welcoming space.

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Venue name: The Last Bookstore
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Address: 453 South Spring St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Thur 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-6pm
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Erin Kuschner
moderator

What a special book store to have in LA! It's like wandering into someone's secret stash of literature, only to find that you can pull something off the shelf and snuggle into an armchair for an hour of reading. I love the vast selection they have here and the way it's easily organized, though every time I've visited there's always a lot of commotion because they're setting up some kind of event. It's not super quiet; then again, it's in the heart of Downtown.

Tania [Polaroidchick]
tastemaker

This isn't just a book store. When inside, it seems like doors open into a new world, not only for books, but everything related to creativity, learning and sharing. You can buy (or sell) all kinds of books and music, and find some beautiful art pieces. 


Everything is displayed in a very good use of space, where it’s possible to find hidden things in between places. Most of the staff is friendly and you can go in with your dog, which is a plus. The environment is very relaxing, inviting people to contemplate, to read and, why not, just have a nice talk with a complete stranger about a book you just read. 

Erick R

It's hard to just focus on books at the Last Book Store!  There's so much going on in the downtown destination from art and architecture to tunnels made out of books and bank vaults filled with mysteries - this is a great place to explore alone or with the whole family.