Nostalgia at The Last Bookstore

April 25, 2021

  Le Boyfriend and I finally made the journey to The Last Bookstore in DTLA and we were amazed by the sheer size of it! We didn't expect much except to see this magical book tunnel, but there are so many fun details and things to see throughout the huge 2-story bookstore. Seeing the curved-book tunnel many times on Instagram and Facebook, seeing it in person is an experience worth the visit.  There is a certain charm to this place that harkens back to the pre internet days where people spent their whole day at the bookstore to seek information.  The lost thrill of spending your day at the bookstore is something that society left behind.  People nowadays can seek information with a few swipe of the finger.  A visit to this place will make any 80's and 90's baby feel nostalgic.  Make sure to bring your camera because you're going to want to take lots of pictures!

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PARKING // There are lots of parking lots and structures throughout Downtown LA and there's a couple on Spring St. near The Last Bookstore. We prefer to park in lots over structures because lots tend to have a flat rate compared to structures where they charge in increments. We usually park at Joe's Auto Parks on Broadway in between 3rd and 4th street (236 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012) whenever we go Downtown - It's just our preference. We like to start on one end of Downtown LA and make a huge loop around DTLA.

The last bookstore los angeles - lunches and dates

the last bookstore la - lunches and dates

THE BOOKSTORE // You can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours exploring the maze of books.  Each floor has it's own unique look and feel. The first floor is ginormous with rows and rows of shelves stuffed with books and different nooks to explore. The second is more whimsical and has a completely different vibe from the first. It's where they have the tunnel of books, and lots of other fun designs for visitors to take pictures of. There's an art gallery and small shop to see as well.

Large bags/backpacks are not allowed and have to be checked in at the entrance before entering the bookstore.  Your belongings are safe with the person at the front as they are being guarded by an employee.  Another thing to keep in mind is that there are no restrooms inside.

FOOD // There are no foods and drinks allowed, but they do have a small coffee cart upstairs. If you are hungry for actual food, there are plenty of places to choose from in Downtown LA. Some popular restaurants in the area are: Kazunori, Cole's, Bottega Louie, B├Ąco Mercat, Maccheroni Republic, and Perch.  You can also eat at one of the many eateries inside The Grand Central Market, which is walking distance from the Last Bookstore.

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