Muji is like the Japanese Ikea, except for office supplies. And travel gear. And housewares. And clothes. Forget the showrooms, the primary colors or the Swedish meatballs. OK, maybe it's nothing like Ikea. No matter. Muji, now conveniently located in Hollywood, has the world's most bitchin' collection of pens and notebooks and sticky notes and staplers, to say nothing of its carry-on travel containers, and its cotton knit beanies. It's easy to fall in love with pretty much everything in the store, as it's all affordably priced and designed with a neutral, minimalist aesthetic. Grab one of the mesh shopping baskets conveniently stacked at the entrance, because even though you might think you're just darting in for a recycled-material journal and a refillable gel pen, you're probably gonna leave with at least a dozen other exceptionally well-designed objects that will organize and decorate your life for the better. Muji offers an hour of validated parking at the Galaxy Shopping Center lot (enter from Sycamore), so you don't have to worry about getting lost while trying to find your car after you've blown your weekly produce budget on everything that does a writer good.
Credit: Liz Ohanesian