I don’t spend time at book stores as much as I used to, but The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles has been on my list of places to visit for some time. It is a popular location, no doubt due to the exposure it has on social media apps and sites, such as Instagram.
The two story building is home to thousands of books, as well as eye-catching art pieces. One popular location for photos is the tunnel of books that you can walk through. The upstairs is truly a labyrinth, with books categorized by genre and organized by colors. There is also a vault-like room filled with science fiction books, such as Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.
Most of the books sold at The Last Bookstore are quite cheap. It reminded me of a fancier-looking Book Off.
Before you can walk into the bookstore, you have to check in large bags at the front to ensure there is no theft. In a room on the first floor, dozens of paintings cover the walls.
This room is home to rare books. First edition signed books are locked behind glass displays. A few that caught my eye in the displays are Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.
The first floor also carries vinyl records and CDs if you’re in the mood to buy some music. There is a counter located nearby where you can sell your books, CDs and DVDs to the store. Occasionally, there is a record buyer present if you want to sell your vinyls. You can also choose to donate your items instead.
The aroma of coffee is consuming as you approach the middle of the store, where a small bar is set up to serve the beverage. But make sure your bladder can handle it- there are no public restrooms in The Last Bookstore, even if you are a customer.
In addition, The Last Bookstore supports local artists. Artist galleries are located upstairs, with some rooms serving as rented spaces for artists to show off and sell their pieces.
I recommend stopping by that area if you have an appreciation for art.
The Last Bookstore is a great place for bookworms. It is a place where you can literally get lost in books. I ended up purchasing two books during my visit. Those books were Audrey: Her Real Story by Alexander Walker and James Dean: Little Boy Lost by Joe and Jay Hyams.
If you want to learn more about The Last Bookstore and events held there, check out the website.