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LA Coffee Shops Where You Can Read

September 23, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Guru Thapar)

(credit: Guru Thapar)

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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
(213) 413-3733

Stories and Books Café has a nice outdoor patio that is large and spacious. The food and coffee is good, along with a nice book selection. Stories is a used bookstore, but the selection is vast so you never know what you can find. That is the great thing about a used bookstore. Your newly found book will be even better when you can have a great coffee and meal to go along with it. Try the peanut butter with Laura Ann’s vanilla-strawberry jam and cranberries sandwich. It’s divine.

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(credit: Guru Thapar)

212 Pier
212 Pier Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-5275

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.

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(credit: Vroman’s Bookstore)

Vroman’s Bookstore / Zeli Coffee Bar
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

Inside the entrance to the Vroman’s Bookstore is Zeli Coffee Bar. Grab a cup and head further into the bookstore. Vroman’s is the largest independently-owned bookstore and the oldest in LA. The bookstore 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.

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(credit: EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Coffee by the Books / The Fuller Theological Seminary Bookstore
509 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 584-5624

The Fuller Seminary Bookstore has a coffee shop located in the bookstore. 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.

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(credit: Nicky Loh/Getty Images)

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-0717

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse makes a good pair for reading and coffee sipping. It’s a casual, quiet neighborhood place. There is a book for everyone. You can even bring your kids to Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse 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.

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(credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Library
3418 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-2393

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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Leslie Cohen, Editor In Chief Cwebnews and VP Creative Affairs Paris Jewelry. Former business development manager for an international software company managing cyber intellectual property for Fortune 500’s and large internet companies. She has spearheaded projects in the internet retail space that involve media content management. Her articles appear on Cwebnews, Yahoo Content, The Examiner , Go Articles and more. She has experience in press releases. website content writing

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