Thursday, August 24, 2023

Circa’s Favorite DTLA Bookstores

Summer days are made for lazy lounging, perfect for cracking open a good book. There’s nothing like the latest bestseller, an addictive mystery novel, or a literary classic to while away a relaxing afternoon. Our city is a bibliophile’s paradise, from local treasures like The Last Bookstore to collectible destinations, museum bookstores, and interesting specialty shops, many just a short distance from Circa. Patronizing a bookstore is also a great way to support local businesses and connect with other book lovers. So untether your digital devices, find a nook, grab a book, and let your imagination soar!

The Last Bookstore near Circa residences in downtown Los Angeles

The Last Bookstore 453 S Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

Not really the last bookstore – thank goodness – but the largest new and used bookstore in California. Plus, The Last Bookstore is the only one encompassing 22,000 square feet, with a record store, comic book store, five art studios, a famous book tunnel, a mammoth head, and unexpected nooks of funkiness. Also, they are housed in a one hundred year old bank building, complete with vaults and ghosts. Oh, and they also have tons of books.

Hennessey + Ingalls bookstore near Circa residences in downtown Los Angeles

Hennessey + Ingalls 300 S. Santa Fe Ave. Suite M, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Since its founding in 1963, Hennessey + Ingalls has grown to become the largest art, architecture and design bookstore in the Western United States. In 2016, the store moved to its current location in DTLA’s booming Arts District. A landmark in the visual arts community, Hennessey + Ingalls counts many of the country’s leading architectural firms as clients, along with museums, collectors, art galleries, students, interior designers, graphic design firms, and schools. Even if you’re not an industry professional, it’s fun to browse the store’s in-depth selection of books, including art, architecture, photography, interior design, graphic design, landscaping, and more.

Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth LA bookstore near Circa residences in downtown Los Angeles

Artbook @Hauser & Wirth LA 917 E 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

Artbook @Hauser & Wirth is an arts and culture bookstore located inside the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery in the DTLA Arts District. The bookstore offers a wide range of topics including art, photography, architecture & design, film, music, fashion and more. Hauser & Wirth opened its Los Angeles location in 2016 in a former flour mill. In addition to supporting and collaborating with many local and international cultural organizations, nonprofits, and universities, the Los Angeles gallery fosters public dialogue with the arts through a range of activities that engage the city’s diverse population.

The Library Store bookstore near Circa residences in downtown Los Angeles

The Library Store 630 W 5th St. Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Library Store is operated by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, which provides critical support to the Los Angeles Public Library resulting in free programs, resources, and services available to the millions of adults, children, and youth in Los Angeles. Through fundraising, advocacy, and innovative programs, the Library Foundation strengthens the Los Angeles Public Library and promotes greater awareness of its valuable resources. Shop the carefully curated collection of books, tees, totes, stationery and much more. All sales benefit the Los Angeles Public Library.

Now Serving bookstore near Circa residences in downtown Los Angeles

Now Serving Far East Plaza 727 N. Broadway, Unit 133, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Founded by Ken Concepcion, former chef de cuisine at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, and his wife Michelle Mungcal, Now Serving carries a melange of new and used cookbooks, including out of print editions. The cookbooks are organized in geographical departments such as the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Europe, and categories like pastries and baking, beverages, general food writing, and reference books. Now Serving also offers gourmet kitchen tools like Japanese knives, new and vintage cast iron pans, and chef’s apparel. Check their schedule for in-store author events and book signings.

These Days bookstore near Circa residences in downtown Los Angeles

These Days 118 Winston St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

Owned and operated by longtime DTLA residents Stephen and Jodi Zeigler, These Days is a gallery, store, and publisher located in downtown Los Angeles. Since its first exhibition in 2014, the gallery has exhibited a diverse range of work including abstract paintings by photographer Nick Waplington, photography by Gusmano Cesaretti, Lookout & Wonderland’s collaborative fiber art project, and Ian Reid’s photographs of New York’s BDSM community. Though their interests are varied, These Days’ embrace of creative rebellion and nonconformist culture, communities, and artists is apparent in everything they curate. In 2016, These Days began publishing with work by Gusmano Cesaretti, Ian Reid, Sean Maung, and Estevan Oriol. The store features collectible and out-of-print photography books, zines, as well as art and design objects.

Skylight Books bookstore near Circa residences in downtown Los Angeles

Skylight Books 1818 N Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Skylight Books is a general bookstore serving the historic Los Angeles neighborhoods of Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park, and Downtown. Their curated selection features the best of literary fiction; graphic novels; children’s books; California history and culture; political and social sciences; essays and nonfiction; and books on art, photography, film, and music. They also feature hand-picked magazines and zines, along with a selection of stationery and gifts. Skylight Books’ events program is nationally recognized, and features major touring authors, local favorites, and debuts.

Kinokuniya Los Angeles bookstore near Circa residences in downtown Los Angeles

Kinokuniya Los Angeles 123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka Street #205, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Founded in 1927 in Tokyo, the Kinokuniya chain spans 80 stores and 35 sales office locations worldwide,  including the popular location in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court. Kinokuniya offers an extensive selection of manga, graphic novels, art and design books, cookbooks, travel books, and children’s books. Calling all fans of animation director Hayao Miyazaki! Kinokuniya is the official retail partner of Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli and carries merchandise shipped directly from Japan, including DVDs, books, stationery, puzzles, pins, stuffed animals, and more.

Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA Bookstore bookstore near Circa residences in downtown Los Angeles

MOCA Store 250 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Located at The Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand, MOCA Store presents an array of eclectic offerings including art monographs, exhibition catalogs, posters, rare and out of print art books, and an interesting collection of cookbooks. You can also find apparel, creative office accessories, art supplies, kids’ toys and gifts, and more. Every purchase you make supports MOCA. MOCA Members receive 10% off any purchase every day.

Photo credits:

Photo #1: The Last Bookstore 

Photo #2: The Last Bookstore 

Photo #3: Hennessey + Ingalls

Photo #4: Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth LA

Photo #5: The Library Store

Photo #6: Now Serving

Photo #7: These Days

Photo #8: Skylight Books

Photo #9: Kinokuniya Los Angeles

Photo #10: MOCA Store

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