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Book Soup

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    Katherine M.
    "best 2 bookstores in LA."(2 Tips)
    Sam D.
    "Fantastic bookstore, great author events, full of books too."(2 Tips)
    Showtime Network
    "next novel"(2 Tips)
    Shil P.
    "... fav bookstores in LA. cozy but large selection you couldn't find..."(2 Tips)
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  • Ellen M.heart icon on user image
    Ellen McGrodyMay 28, 2015
    Really cute book shop! It's been around for a long time and has a really eclectic selection! The staff is really nice, and it's good to see a book store full of people who like books.
  • LAist
    LAistJuly 22, 2016
    Book Soup is an iconic part of the Sunset Strip landscape. Its towering, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a selection that is especially strong on art and film books attracts an industry clientele. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 25, 2013
    Book Soup's magazine stand is so massive that it has to be kept outdoors. The impressive variety includes more publications in French than many stands have in total — & 14 different editions of Vogue! Read more
  • Nathan
    NathanApril 18, 2018
    See? This place is proof that people in Southern California indeed *can* read! In all seriousness, cool bookstore with interesting staff recommendations. Think LA’s answer to Powell’s or the Strand.
  • Damla Ç.
    Damla ÇamlıcaNovember 7, 2014
    This book store is extraordinary. I should've been working there, instead of... Yeah, whatever. The books are awesome. That's what matters.
  • Andy S.heart icon on user image
    Andy StylezMay 18, 2014
    Lots of great books, but don't ask the cashier where you can recharge your kindle; she may curse you out and summon Cthulu to harvest your soul and stuff.
  • The Standard
    The StandardMay 9, 2011
    CA (Shop) One of LA's best bookstores and just a brisk walk from The Standard, Hollywood! Check out their calendar for author events - they always throw the most interesting book signings!
  • Trevor W.heart icon on user image
    Trevor WidemanFebruary 7, 2016
    Small bookstore with a great selection of music books and photography/art books. which I love.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SemerJuly 14, 2013
    One of the best bookstores left around, and intimate. Great place to attend a reading or author appearance.
  • Katherine M.heart icon on user image
    Katherine M.January 21, 2015
    Book Soup (new books) and The Iliad (used + new) are the best 2 bookstores in LA.
  • Sam D.heart icon on user image
    Sam DownieNovember 7, 2013
    Fantastic bookstore, great author events, full of books too. Very helpful staff. Do go!!
  • maximus t.heart icon on user image
    maximus the rulerDecember 24, 2014
    Great place. Nice selection, friendly and helpful staff, free wrapping. Parking out back.
  • Shil P.heart icon on user image
    Shil PaOctober 24, 2014
    one of my fav bookstores in LA. cozy but large selection you couldn't find anywhere else
  • Nick S.
    Nick SonstebyOctober 2, 2019
    The written staff recommendations of selected books within the shelves are a nice touch.
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    JTApril 3, 2016
    Awesome selection of art books and fiction and love the recommendations
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 18, 2010
    The best bookstore in Los Angeles. If you’re looking for the next novel to delve into or you’re researching and writing for a project, Book Soup has it all. - Jill
  • Charles T S.heart icon on user image
    Charles T SebestaNovember 17, 2015
    Great Place! Great Bookstore! Good Selection!!!! Recommend.
  • Roberta L.
    Book Soup is an iconic part of the Sunset Strip landscape.Really good.
  • Chuck S.heart icon on user image
    Chuck SebestaApril 3, 2016
    Need a book in LA.....well then this is the place to go! Recommend!
  • KCRW
    KCRWMay 11, 2012
    To all you book-reading lovers, stop in to present your Fringe Benefits card to get discounts off your books!
  • Charles T S.heart icon on user image
    Charles T SebestaNovember 23, 2015
    Great Collection of Books. Staff are very helpful!
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    FreshJuly 17, 2018
    Friendly, hip
  • Luis O.
    Luis OutumuroJanuary 14, 2012
    Great bookstore, this is what bookstores used to be like. Some parking around back and across the street.
  • Kenneth Cole Productions
    Kenneth Cole ProductionsDecember 12, 2012
    Great stocking stuffers. Give a (actual) book to one of your iPad/Kindle/Nook loving friends. #HolidayStyle
  • Daniel H.heart icon on user image
    Daniel HowellsJanuary 1, 2018
    Books books, books. Books? Books.
  • LA Home & Style
    LA Home & StyleMarch 10, 2013
    One of the great independent book stores still remaining in LA.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Date idea: attend a signing from a famed author here, then discuss the book over gelato at Caffe Primo.
  • allison
    allisonJune 21, 2022
    La books newspaper
  • Jaime M.heart icon on user image
    Jaime MonrealDecember 24, 2015
    Bigger than I expected. Nice selection.
  • Michael K.heart icon on user image
    Michael KalecFebruary 21, 2017
    Love this store, great atmosphere.
  • Steve G.heart icon on user image
    Steve GrahamMay 14, 2019
    Always interesting. Always a pleasure.
  • Bo L.heart icon on user image
    Bo LiebmanNovember 21, 2016
    Great indie book store.
  • Danny G.
    Scooped some good books and socks with KBizzle
  • Natalie G.heart icon on user image
    Natalie GuerraJune 19, 2017
    Really cute bookstore!
  • Vignesh R.
    Vignesh RamApril 8, 2010
    They've got a great selection of academic literature and graphic novels. When you walk in, it's hard to want to leave.
  • Lily K.
    Lily KosnerApril 22, 2011
    Great staff picks! Really knowledgable and diverse selections...
  • Anhad S.
    Anhad SinghJanuary 10, 2014
    Must try their New York Times
  • Tyler K.heart icon on user image
    Tyler KusterMarch 2, 2013
    Excellent bookstore.
  • Tom L.
    Tom LombardOctober 30, 2021
    classic bookstore.
  • Andi G.
    Andi GalpernAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    book soup has a better graphic design / typography section than borders + barnes and noble.
  • Marla @.
    Marla @DvinMsMDecember 5, 2013
    Support local bookstores.
  • Rob W.
    Rob WadeApril 6, 2010
    The floors creak, the shelves are full of lots of artsy books, great signings. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 3, 2010
    LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Best Literary Stew!
  • kaizar c.
    kaizar campwalaFebruary 25, 2012
    Cramped reading/event space.
  • Audrey C.
    Audrey ChenAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great diverse newsstand!
  • Pintxe V.
    Pintxe VascoMarch 22, 2010
    The bookstore ever. Fullstop
  • Alex H.
    Alex HafnerFebruary 4, 2011
    Check your watch! Time flies in here
  • Altair C.heart icon on user image
    Altair CastroFebruary 17, 2015
    Hermoso lugar y gente muy atenta. Me encantó
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