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Stories Books & Cafe

Bookstore, Coffee Shop, and Rock Club
Greater Echo Park Elysian, Los Angeles
  • Has a stamp of approval from LA Weekly and Los Angeles magazine
    • LA Weekly
    • Los Angeles magazine
  • Will S.
    "Super endearing book store with great coffee and a patio out back."(7 Tips)
    Tal S.
    "Books, coffee, tea, food, music, and a back porch."(6 Tips)
    Los Angeles magazine
    "Best Cafe in a Bookstore"(3 Tips)
    "coffee and has a patio with wifi and places"(3 Tips)
30 Tips and reviews
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  • LAist
    LAistJuly 22, 2016
    The store is relatively small, so Stories is probably not the place to go if you are looking for something super specific; but it's perfect for discovering any number of eclectic gems. Read more
  • TOMS
    TOMSFebruary 10, 2012
    Check out this bookstore in the summer & catch an intimate live reading/acoustic session. Relax surrounded by walls of books and local art, make sure to try a bowl of their decadent macaroni & cheese!
  • Will S.
    Will SchollOctober 9, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Super endearing book store with great coffee and a patio out back. They also serve breakfast dishes like egg burritos and avocado toast.
  • TOMS
    TOMSJanuary 30, 2012
    Dust off your journal & experiment with some free form poetry while you sip hot tea & indulge in the decadent mac & cheese. Stop by in summer to catch an intimate live reading or acoustic session.
  • JT
    JTJune 3, 2016
    This is my ideal bookstore - a place that sells coffee and has a patio with wifi and places to sit! And they're applying for a liquor license which will make it even better
  • Los Angeles magazine
    Los Angeles magazineMarch 12, 2012
    Best Cafe in a Bookstore, August 2010 - Vegetarian chili is tomato-y, hearty, and unspicy, served with toasted baguette slices drizzled with olive oil. Read more
  • Nyki B.
    Nyki BellDecember 1, 2014
    Awesome patio and really cool interior. The String Lights give the patio a very relaxed vibe. There's plenty of tables and seating.
  • Alex S.
    Alex StevensApril 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Good espresso. Great work ambiance. Plus nice back patio where it's generally chill to smoke ... though Im sure you're not meant to ;)
  • Cassie U.
    Cassie UttNovember 24, 2016
    The Mate Tea was great. The wifi was good enough to work but not fast. Great music.
  • Cherith Z.
    Cherith ZanghiAugust 12, 2016
    Pretty good selection of books for the size of this place. Cold brew was super strong (which I like).
  • Erin C.
    Erin ColesJuly 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the back patio is always cool and breezy no matter how hot it is. the free iced tea refills helps too
  • Tal S.
    Tal SafranNovember 5, 2013
    Books, coffee, tea, food, music, and a back porch. Might be the perfect place.
  • Vash
    VashApril 7, 2012
    If you have a book or group of poets/writers, book the patio for a reading.
  • BJ O.
    BJ OrbaseAugust 7, 2014
    Great selection of used books. Fill up your shelves at home with books to impress one night stands.
  • Andy T.
    Andy TamJuly 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Their iced mocha is bomb but its kinda hit and miss because sometimes its heaven and sometimes hell but I still get it everytime
  • John K.
    John KuparJanuary 5, 2014
    First Saturday of every month they have a free comedy night.
  • I P.
    I PAugust 2, 2011
    Red velvet sandwich & fig bar are really good.
  • Abbey R.
    Abbey RobertsonAugust 9, 2011
    Great monthly story-telling show called Two-Headed Beast there, definitely worth checking out. Read more
  • Scrooge M.
    Scrooge McduckSeptember 6, 2014
    Cosy place. I'm definitely will go there again.
  • Li R.
    Li RiosAugust 6, 2015
    Iced tea! Has free refills 👍🏽👍🏽👀
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 4, 2010
    LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Best Place To Meet A Cute Nerd!
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BradfordNovember 12, 2011
    There is a small but nice religion-philosophy-esoterica section.
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 15, 2014
    Browse, discover and learn
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LeeSeptember 3, 2014
    Wifi pw: jamesbrown
  • Nati G.
    Nati GroJune 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    unlimited tasty iced tea? I think so.
  • tanni m.
    tanni mendozaAugust 18, 2015
    Best place on earth.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DMay 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm the mayor. Now get the quadruple soy latte and love it.
  • myong k.
    myong kimSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Love their iced coffee!
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CunninghamApril 19, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    at least feel smart and hip at the same time while stuck doing computer work on a gorgeous Saturday
  • Nicolas R.
    Nicolas RodriquezFebruary 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get some Cafecito Organico to help you get ready for the day ahead!
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