8818 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069-2125
I have to admit that I didn’t expect much in the way of Los Angeles bookstores after the bonanza by the Bay, but it turns out that L.A. has some really great stores. The first on my list is Book Soup. This general trade store is just up the street from the Viper Room, Whisky A Go Go, and the Roxy Theatre.
I’m not sure what to make of its location — it’s all L.A. sprawl to me, but the store has great items. The selection here is eclectic with plenty of Art books and fine postcards. They also carry a great many periodicals outside on the sidewalk. They seem to keep in mind that they are the Hollywood bookstore. They carry a great stock of Hollywood-related materials — screenplays, biographies, and books about film.
Events are also a large part of Book Soup’s identity. Even with their eclectic selection and loyal customer base, the folks at Book Soup host many, many events. The neighborhood changed a bit when The famed Tower Records across the street closed. It cut down on foot traffic. The store had to expand their events schedule. Now they work a lot with community groups like the Beverly Hills Women’s Club. They also host a movie night.
If you’re a tourist in West Hollywood, you’ll be on the Sunset Strip. Parking sucks. But Book Soup has free parking behind the store. It’s a great store and well worth the visit.