The first time I did a quick trip to Los Angeles with friends around November of last year (2019), I made it a point to visit this quirky corner in downtown LA – a must-visit place for bookworms when you happen to be around the area. I personally sacrificed a day to be with friend just to get here but it was oh so worth it!
The Last Bookstore, contrary to the ominous tone that its name implies, is the biggest new and second-hand bookshop in California. According to its site, “the name was chosen with irony, but seems more appropriate with each passing day as physical bookstores die out like dinosaurs from the meteoric impact of Amazon and e-books.” Established in 2005, this independent bookstore continues to buy, sell and trade books as it did from day one.
They have an assortment of new and used books, vinyl records, antique and rare books and graphic novels meticulously arranged per section. For the antique books, they even have a sort of vault-like door leading to the room. The whole place is littered with several book-themed art installations that are pleasing to look at and definitely are photogenic as heck. They also have a space dedicated to artist exhibits, filled with paintings, sculptures and what-nots. There are book tunnels, book frames, themed bookshelves and hidden side rooms – to name a few wonders. I totally understand why this place would be a haven for bookstagrammers because there is definitely plenty of material to go around. Bookish heaven, indeed!
So below are the few snaps I happen to get in an effort to document my experience that fateful sunny afternoon. Enjoy! 🙂
November 17, 2019 | The Last Bookstore @ Los Angeles, California
I honestly enjoyed my visit in The Last Bookstore. I am so glad that I was able to visit a couple of independent bookstores when I was in the US – add the fact that these book stores are some of the most unique and quirkiest places I’ve been to. It was a pretty short trip because I was following a strict schedule during that time but I hope I can come back!
The Last Bookstore
Address: 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States
Schedule: 10 AM to 10 PM (Sun to Thurs); 10 PM to 11 PM (Fri & Sat)
Contact: +1 213-488-0599
P.S. Since this is an independent bookstore, The Last Bookstore is one of the local businesses that are affected by the statewide closures mandated in the US. If you are in the area, you can support them by making an appointment or calling the store. You can practically have the whole store all to yourself. Head to their site for more info on this.
PPS. Read also that they have to lay off a lot of employees because of the mandated closure. This is downright sad. Now I can’t help but imagine how the small, independent bookstores here in the Philippines are faring in the face of this pandemic. After this whole quarantine is over, I thought of featuring some of these bookstores in Manila just to help them get back up the only way that I can. I hope this plan materializes.