skylight books

that bookstore with a tree in the middle of it

Skylight Books is everyone’s favorite bookstore, and for good reason. It captures the small town charm that only Los Feliz can deliver. Nestled in the heart of Vermont, it is a physical reminder that people, even people in LA, do still read. It’s small, accessible, friendly. The shelves are annotated with handwritten notes and recommendations by the staff. The tree in the middle helps with the brand, but it’s the homey local community feeling that keeps people coming back, whether for a special event or just to browse for new reads while waiting for a movie next door.

But my favorite part is the Annex. In an adjacent space (well, actually Atrium separates the two, if you want to grab a drink while you’re around), is a sunny nook dedicated to art books and magazines. For anyone else who is a fan of independent publications from around the world, the Annex tends to be one of the spots that always pops up on stockist lists in LA, so you can trust you’ll find inspiration with every visit.

the details

Address1814 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hours10am to 10pm
Price$$, standard indie bookstore prices
Aestheticcozy and bright, perfect for perusing books

good to know

Go here for: book recommendations, a copy of the next issue of your favorite indie magazine

Amount of time to spend: as much time as you need (or until your meter expires)

When to come: whenever (but for some reason I always end up here at night…)

Parking: isn’t the best, considering it’s in the most popular part of town, but if you can’t find a meter on Vermont, try the residential blocks (but watch out for parking signs, parking enforcement is vigilant here)

Other things to note: 

  • They post upcoming events on their website.
  • They also have several curated email lists for reading recommendations.

Last visited: September 2019

Last updated: October 2019

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