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Small World Books

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Fantastic Independent Bookshop

Look for it. It's located on one of the most tasteless strips along Venice's boardwalk (think... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Book lovers in LA - check out Venice Beach Promenade

I travelled from Australia to LA. I could not find paperbacks I was wanting for my travels in... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2017
Beth H
Melbourne, Australia
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5 Jul 2018
“Fantastic Independent Bookshop”
30 Apr 2018
“The best of Venice boardwalk”
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1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291-3605
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Reviewed July 5, 2018

Look for it. It's located on one of the most tasteless strips along Venice's boardwalk (think Jersey Shore on steroids) but inside is an oasis of calm and comfort. They have a truly remarkable selection for a moderately sized shop and the staff recommends were...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Get lost in time at the Small World Books. Enjoy a cup of Joe as you find your next great reads at one of the last local family-owned book stores. It's a peaceful place. See you there!

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Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

I travelled from Australia to LA. I could not find paperbacks I was wanting for my travels in Australia, and found small world books online, who were able to order them all for me to collect whilst passing through LA. When I found the store,...More

Thank Beth H
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

It's a great place to people watch right on the Venice Ocean walk. Fun bookstore and a good cafe attached. Good for all ages!

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Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

This is what small business is all about. Great selection and quiet. Somewhat knowledgeable staff and a nice break from the boardwalk. I have been coming here for many years. Love it.

Thank Michael d
Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Nestled next to and seemingly inside the Sidewalk Cafe ( yummy food) is a jewel of a bookstore. Wonderful selection of new and classic fiction and non fiction. Great staff reviews help guide you to your next great read. When you need a break from...More

Thank AnnaMaria717x
Reviewed February 15, 2015

I read about this place in the Lonely Planet guide, it is a little hard to find since it's behind/next to the Sidewalk Cafe. It is a small library but is filled with excellent books, the people working there are the nicest ever, they will...More

Thank majomaol
Reviewed September 30, 2014

A bookstore of the old school and absolutely wonderful. This is a find. When I lived in LA this was one of my haunts; whenever I return, it's like being home. Support this excellent bookstore--part of a vanishing breed. They not only have the more...More

Thank arts20th
Reviewed July 11, 2014

As we were strolling down from Santa Monica Beach, we came to the Ocean Front Walk. We could not find the shop. So we continued our walk to the Venice Canal Walk. After settling down to have some Cold Stone icecream, we headed back to...More

Thank GAN L
Reviewed May 7, 2014

Great bookstore on the Venice Beach boardwalk tucked in behind a great bar and eatery - The Sidewalk Cafe. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff have put tiny reviews in many of the books so your choice is made easier. Books are also arranged in sections...More

Thank Liz S
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Venice has always danced to its own beat as the
epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along
the boardwalk there are street performers and local
craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings,
souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of
visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting
enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders
do their tricks around the skate park. All of it
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