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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453 South Spring St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thur 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-6pm|
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Definitely one of my favorite spots in downtown LA. Atmosphere is casual and plenty of space to sit and peruse whatever books strike your fancy. Cute picture opportunities on the second floor with the rainbow book arch. Their organization of books makes it easy to find yourself lost in a pile of pages.
I can uninterruptedly browse and read in here for hours. No pushy sales clerks. Place is incredibly relaxed, yet if I need assistance the staff is readily available. Favorite shop when I want to disappear for hours. Excellent vinyl record selection as well.
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.
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.