It has become a rarity nowadays to find a quiet, quaint bookstore that has a coffee shop on the premises. It's nice to find independent bookstores where you can have some coffee, buy a book and just relax and get away from the outside world. Here are few to check out.
Stories Books and Café
1716 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Doubling as a used bookstore, this coffee shop/book store on Sunset Blvd. is a great place if you're looking to sit back and relax with your favorite book. Or, if you have some work to get through on your laptop, you'll find the quiet working space you've been looking for. It also offers food, as well as coffee, so you can come sit back and relax on their spacious and tranquil patio.
212 Pier Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Just a couple of miles from Santa Monica College toward the beach is 212 Pier. 212 Pier is a great study place where you grab some coffee, have a bite and breathe free and easy near the ocean. It's a two-level place, so there is always an area to set up and get some privacy. This shop is open late so this is the perfect place for a last-minute study cram over a cup of coffee.
Vroman's Bookstore / Zeli Coffee Bar
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Inside the entrance to the Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena is Zeli Coffee Bar where you can grab a cup and head further into the bookstore. Vroman's is the largest independently-owned bookstore and the oldest in LA which is committed to philanthropic activities. It has a vast selection of books and a great sense of a book-loving community. You will find both best sellers and obscure titles here.
Coffee by the Books / The Fuller Theological Seminary Bookstore
509 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Featuring a coffee shop located in the bookstore, The Fuller Seminary Bookstore is a great place to visit to get some peace and quiet to do your work. The aroma of fresh coffee entices you to grab a cup of java, pick out a book, relax, read and have a peaceful moment from your day away from the constant hustle and bustle. You will find an abundance of theological books since the bookstore also serves The Fuller Theological Seminary.
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse makes a good pair for reading and coffee sipping. A casual, quiet neighborhood place, there is a book for everyone and you can even bring your kids and they will be entertained along with you while you read and sip some coffee. Reviews for its chai latte and espresso are great. You will also find tables with books on sale including children's books for the kids.
3418 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
The Library is famous in Long Beach among the locals as well as tourists who visit LA. It's a cool place to meet lots of people from all over and support great coffee, with a nice pastry selection and various spots for reading to boot. You can grab a sandwich and soup too. There are used books for sale as well as a shop for gifts and knick-knacks. The setting is rustic comfortable with brick walls and chandeliers.
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