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Wander Through An Enchanting Tunnel Of Plants To Find This New Bookstore In L.A.

By Ashlyn Davis

Wander Through An Enchanting Tunnel Of Plants To Find This New Bookstore In L.A.

Lost Books is a literary treasure trove worth finding!

Not to be confused with its sister store The Last Bookstore, Lost Books is the latest literary oasis to open in the city. You’ll enter through a wide archway in a brick wall with a stunning, plant-filled tunnel that leads to this magnificent haven of tales. It’s like stepping into the pages of Treasure Island or The Secret Garden and getting lost in a thrilling adventure where your imagination is free to run wild.

The verdant canopy has been lovingly installed by Yuko Kitchen—an urban jungle and one of our favorite spots to fill up on Japanese comfort food while stocking up on leafy gems or playful ceramics. These three restaurants pivoted during the pandemic to offer takeouts while selling the greenery that was previously only meant to be decoration. And, yes, they are also available to purchase at this new space.

For now, the store has only had a soft opening with shelves still being filled with vintage classics, modern literature and vinyl. While the lounge area is still being set up, it’s all too easy to lose all sense of time in this paradise of art, history, fiction, non-fiction and mysteries.

Wander through the enchanting canopy with around 20 plant varieties like Swedish ivy, bird’s nest fern, and live moss spilling from every available surface with twinkling fairy lights creating a magical glow. You’ll eventually arrive in a labyrinth of wooden crates, lined with books under a ceiling completely covered in dried reindeer moss.

The idea is that the living foliage will continue to grow and this magical place will continue to evolve. We can’t wait!

Location: 2233 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose, CA 91020

Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 11 am – 9 pm
Fri: 11 am – 10 pm
Sat: 10:30 am – 10 pm
Sun: 10 am – 8 pm