book soup

because apparently people do read in LA

A decent indie bookstore is the last thing you’d imagine to exist on the WeHo strip of Sunset Boulevard. But when it comes to reputations, Book Soup lives up to its address. The store has been around for decades, long enough to count a lot of famous names in their clientele.


Despite the hype, they maintain a diligent reputation filling their shelves with tens of thousands of books and records. Most of their collection is in the fiction and art realm, with handwritten notes and recommendations tucked into the shelves. Sure they lean into their Hollywood pedigree but you can also be sure to find autographed books from famed authors. Also, what says LA icon as much as having a (coveted?) spot in LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal.

the details

Address8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
They also have a small outpost in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX
Hours11am – 5pm everyday
Price$$ – pretty standard indie bookstore prices
Aestheticindie bookstore vibes, in a comforting way 

good to know

Go here for: general book needs (or book recos)

Don’t miss: the signed bestsellers scattered throughout, and their author events

Amount of time to spend: 15 minutes if you know what you’re here for, longer if you want to peruse

When to come: any time

Parking: is a bit of a nightmare in this part of WeHo; your best bet is trying to find a meter off Sunset, like on Holloway Dr.

Other things to note: 

  • You can pre-order signed books online, some with personalization as well. 

Last visited: March 2019

Last updated: April 2020

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