The Last Bookstore, located in the Old Bank District at 5th and Spring, is one of the last places in Los Angeles still buying books. Their name was chosen with irony, but it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy as physical bookstores are dying out like dinosaurs from the meteoric impact of Amazon and e-books. If you have not visited it before, it is a must see in Downtown Los Angeles. We decided to check it out, after hearing about the amazing energy of this place.
As you walk in the front doors, your eyes are immediately drawn to the colorful collaged walls, completely covered with flyers and posters from the past and future events of downtown. You cannot miss the paper mache mannequin, housing the betta mascot of the Last Bookstore.
His name is Sushi.
The dark ambiance of the bookstore draws your eyes to the innovative, vintage light fixtures, ranging from old bicycle wheels, to glowing globes and restored chandeliers. All handmade by different artists, the detail work in them is quite astounding.
And then there are the books. Rooms and rooms of shelf after shelf of books. More books then you have ever seen.
Most of the books are $1 each. In fact, all the books on the second floor are $1 each. Needless to say, we picked up a few on our trip. You could stay in there for hours on end, reading and looking at every book that caught your eye.
We couldn’t get enough of this place. Definitely will be going back for a second trip!