If you asked nearly any college student, they would agree that books and coffee are to perfect of a pair. One facilitates the other; they are a perfect symbiotic prelateship for the mind and palette. Additionally, coffee facilitates exercise. So, if you are into any or all of these activities, and in Los Angeles, then stop by Stories Books and Café in Echo Park.
What Makes it Great
This small, storefront café and bookshop has the right blend of beans and books. The store is situated in Sunset Boulevard in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. This spot is great for athletes looking to go to Griffith or Elysian Parks, as well as anyone returning to the city after an adventure into the mountains.
The selection of books varies from old and obscure to the new and popular. They are predominantly used, but if you have a title in mind then they can typically acquire it in a few days. The café and patio take up the rear of the building. The typical coffee stables are there, but also a wonderful selection of food – the breakfast burrito is a popular choice.
Who’s Going to Love It
If you are going on bike ride around LA, this is a convenient stop. Sunset Boulevard has a bike lane from downtown into Los Feliz near Griffith Park. Stories has a bike rack outside or you can bring the bike around to the back patio if you didn’t bring a lock. Additionally, the café is within running distance of Elysian Park and Echo Park Lake; parking in the rear and street make it an ideal starting point for some good urban exercise. Since this is Los Angeles and Stories has free Wifi, the middle of the week the café is full of many creative types. A bookstore sets an ambiance of silent and studious so, undoubtedly, it’s a great place to go if you need to get some work done.
Direction, Parking, and Trailheads
Stories Books and Café is located at 1716 Sunset Boulevard in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. From the 101-South, exit at Alvarado Street/CA-2. Continue along Alvarado for a half-mile, and then turn right onto Sunset Boulevard. After 0.3 miles, you will Cross Lemoyne Street and then see Stories on the right. From the 101-North, exit at Echo Park Avenue. Continue on Echo Park Avenue for a half-mile, then turn left onto Sunset Boulevard- the café is one block up, on the left.
If you want to go run from the shop, then Elysian is your best bet. Head out of the Café onto Sunset Boulevard and go right. Continue for past Logan Street, then Turn left up Echo Park Avenue. Continue up into the valley that is Echo Park, after 0.3 miles turn right onto Morton Avenue, go up this short hill, at the top you will hit a stop sign, go right and you will be in Elysian Park.