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Los Angeles is an incredibly social city—whether at the beach, brunch, or on a hike or at the movies, you’ll likely be surrounded by packs of people. But sometimes, you just need to be alone. And when that moment strikes in L.A., we’ve got you covered with a list of what to do while flying solo, no matter what your preferred activity.
Book Soup may be known for its readings with top authors, but if you don’t think books are meant to be enjoyed in crowds, you may want to explore the many more solitary literary pursuits available in the City of Angels. For one, the sprawling Last Bookstore downtown is an introvert and a book lover’s dream, with multiple levels and hundreds of aisles of books to browse in peace. (No bumping into someone over your Didion or your Steinbeck here!) Take what you buy to the cavernous Central Library nearby, where you can find an easy chair in one of the many soaring old rooms underneath stained-glass ceilings and spend the afternoon reading in peace.
The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 488 0599
Central Library, 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 228 7000
Los Angeles is a hotbed of pristine mid-century modern design. Architecture aficionados might traditionally prefer to take tours, but with a little research, design buffs can see the same sights solo—all the better to truly take them in. Flip through Phaidon’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA to learn about the many gems Los Angeles has to offer and then set out to see them for yourself, sans guide or group. Start by the coast with a visit to the Eames House by Charles and Ray Eames, move east to the Hills for a visit to the Stahl House, and end in Silver Lake with a trip to the Neutra VDL House.
Eames House, 203 Chautauqua Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA, USA, +1 310 549 9663
Stahl House, 1635 Woods Drive, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 208 429 1058
Neutra VDL House, 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 627 5717