One of my favorite things to do when travelling is to visit indie bookstores. While visiting family in the Los Angeles area, I made sure to drop by The Last Bookstore. It’s located in DTLA, on the corner of 5th and Spring. It’s definitely worth a visit as it has a wide selection of genres to choose from, as well as a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. And it doesn’t hurt either that the aesthetics are pleasing and extremely instagramable.
Although it is a nice store, it’s filled with tourists who wants to take pictures of everything just as badly as you do. So prepare to be patient and enjoy browsing the shelves, without getting too annoyed. There’s nothing like hiding between shelves of beautiful books to stay calm. In then end, waiting for a picture of that gorgeous arch of books is worth it.
If you’ve had enough of books, which is kind of impossible, The Last Bookstore also sells vinyl records. Of course, I couldn’t leave this magical bookstore without buying a book, so I picked up yet another copy of my favorite Charles Bukowski book, Ham on Rye. A classic that takes place in L.A by an author from L.A, bought at The Last Bookstore in historic downtown Los Angeles. I mean, if that isn’t perfect, I don’t know what is.
The only thing downside to visiting bookstores while travelling is the temptation of buying every single book that peaks your interest. I wish there was some kind of device that could store heavy items, without taking up much space or weight in your suitcase. Or a pocket library dimension, which you would be able to carry with you wherever you went, never having to separated from your books. Until then, enjoy looking and supporting indie bookstores. And do so without breaking the bank because you’ll have to purchase a second bag for all the new books you’ve bought. ‘Moderation is key’, says the girl who had to buy a second bag for all her new books. Thank you poor impulse control, I love you too.