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1. Kramers

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3499 reviews
Kramers
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 387-1400

Guy: Book store


Review: "Neat bookstore great bar!"

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Jon and Amanda Lewis: Great little bookshop near Dupont Circle. They have a wide selection of titles & subjects and an attached cafe and restaurant. I found some wonderful vintage looking postcards such as a DC cherry blossom one and tried the Kramer’s Goober Pie. So incredible. I would highly recommend this place!

Arun Vishwanathan: Cute little bookstore in DC and you should stop by if in the area. Eclectic collection of titles and journals/calendars They do have a restaurant/diner inside, so you can grab a bite as well if you’re hungry. Wish I had more time to spend there..

Juhi Pac: Great bookstore-bar-restaurant combo right at DuPont circle. Very easily accessible by DuPont circle metro and good selection of books and atmosphere

Cara Forte: I'm really happy this awesome bookstore came recommended by a friend for me to check out while staying in Dupont Circle for a long weekend. The books and gifts are well curated and there is a restaurant in the store with delicious food, drinks, and dessert. The coffee is great, too.

Karen cohen: Helpful staff and a ton of books from every genre! Browsing is part of the fun or going there and see all the books you want to read. Have lunch in the dining area and spend the whole afternoon there. Huge children section,too.

C Luna: Food was fantastic! Especially the cherry blossom cheesecake :) Service was amazing- our waitress was sweet and funny. Definitely a great date spot ❤

John Weber: What a lovely place to look for books and grab a bite to eat! I only walked around the bookstore but from what I could tell, the food both looked and smelled amazing!! On the restaurant side, there are a couple lounge chairs/couches to relax in as well. Definitely stop by and drop in if you are nearby. I was able to park just a block away on a Friday night.

bruce hutson: Kramers. Since 1976, so it’s not new to many, unless you visit from outa town, like we did. Our friends, Bob and Lynn, came here on dates years ago, as many did and still do. Lots of stories within these walls, ups and downs, and today we sat in fleeting sunshine to taste the excellent Kramers Breakfast(tasty potatoes), and the full mouth, comforting Ham Benedict(such creamy Hollandaise). Oh, and the books fairly pulsed into our hands within the well laid out spaces. Feed your body, nourish your soul

M Boone: Good brunch menu with solid pairings. Visit it after strolling through the nearby Farmer's Market. Space inside is a little tight particularly with the kitchen in-the-middle, but cozy nonetheless. I enjoyed the chicken and waffles. Presentation is good. Prices are on par for D.C.

Quarib Chowdhury: This is a Washington DC institution. Everyone should visit, buy a book, and eat at the cafe. I’ve browsed through this place many many times and even bought books and ate at the cafe. I ate at the cafe years ago but remember everything being delicious. As someone with a big sweet tooth, the apple pie crust desert was amazing. The expansion to bring the cafe into the bookstore actually works really well. I’ll have to revisit the cafe next time.

2. Sankofa Video Books & Café

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Sankofa Video Books & Café
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 234-4755

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Mischa: This is a very nice and comfortable cafe with friendly staff, indoor and outdoor seating, and is also a book and video store. The only thing I suggest is getting a recycling bin for the future. Otherwise, all else was good here.

Naj: Great food, very friendly and nice atmosphere, and my drink was great. Definitely will be back, better than my typical Starbucks coffee day. It’s also Black-owned, can’t beat that.

WittyBoi: I knew I had to visit this place and didn’t get a chance to do so for the many trips I took to DC. This time around I made it work; from the moment I stepped in, till I read all I could from all the available books written by or about Black people, till I talked to good people there, grabbed a cool chai latte - an amazing cooler - and had two items of the menu (one vegan one carnivore 😂) and until I said bye - I felt black pride ✊🏾 I felt represented, I felt like I belong, I honestly felt that I needed more of this. It’s very therapeutic and the infotainment is eye opening. Give thanks 🙏🏾 until I come next time either with my own book to put on the shelf or to just grab a coffee - Peace be with you brethren and Sistrens!! ✊🏾

LP: Everything about this place is wonderful. A true community space. Good food, good people, good literature. Worth dropping in JUST for the dirty chai. It’s so good!

TJ Da DJ TV: If you are looking for a bookstore that celebrates Black Culture to the fullest, this is where you need to come! Every single peice of literature in the store, is written and features Black excellence. From children's books to autobiographies, and even science fiction; the genres are all present. They also have a cafe with delicious paninis! The searing area is great for a Spring or Summer day. I highly recommend this bookstore!

Victoria Hardin: I found my place. There was a black owned bookstore (minus the cafe) like this in my hometown when I was growing up. You walk in and feel understood, embraced, and accepted without explanation or word said. The books, pictures, and music. Everything was affirming. It was peaceful. I was peaceful. The food was good, too. The staff kind.

Gigi Dacis: Great grilled cheese on a croissant and coffee at this Ethiopian/Egyptian themed coffee bar. It has alcohol for coffee shot as well. It does seem to not be best utilized with the indoor being overrun by a cluttered bookstore. They're forgoing their $10k annual return per coffee table for book mounds so be prepared to sit outside on their outdoor patio. It across from Howard University making it a great place to grab a coffee before touring the campus...like I did

Ludi Fessehaye: My favorite coffee shop in DC! I am a student and sankofa has great food, seating options, and wifi. I can always get work done here or find a book to purchase and read. Got most of my Toni Morrison collection from here and have been recommended other great books I have enjoyed! Definitely come!

Michael Kleven: I went here with my two friends to celebrate my birthday with a nice meal. Food was delicious and the staff was kind and attentive. We didn’t get to check out the book store and events but I’m sure they are great.

Nnamdi Azikiwe: Previously the site of the Omega Psi Phi headquarters. Now the location where it was first observed melanin is worth more than gold in March 2014 due to the insight of Baba Tarik A. Oduno. The Oduno Scale was crafted on this location and gratefully named in his honor.

3. Politics and Prose Bookstore

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Politics and Prose Bookstore
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 364-1919

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Kayla Hyland: This large and spacious bookstore is amazing. They have about three store fronts worth of space inside of this store, and it's filled with all kinds of books. The staff was friendly and helpful, and there was a good variety of books offered. The cafe downstairs also was reasonable and cozy, even if I wish they would offer more things to snack on. If youre looking for a great bookstore, this one is definitely one of my favorites.

Lauren Hoffman: Not at all overrated- genuinely terrific, enormous and navigable selection. Check out their sale section- we’ll curated with current gems that are still full-price most places. Tiny cafe in the basement - would recommend for coffee & pastries, likely not for your whole meal.

Jason Williams: A great book buying experience. The store looks pretty small from the outside but there are tons of books spread across two floors. There's also a small coffee shop on the bottom floor which was unexpected but cool. They have a wide selection of books across dozens of genres and sub-genres, I liked that the kids section is mainly on the bottom floor. The pricing of books is a little shaky, you'll likely find many books there that you could find much cheaper elsewhere. However, there were also some books that had been reduced to an unbeatable price (not as common but I found some). You could spend hours here if you have a love for books and the store is very well organized and the staff are pretty helpful. Definitely a different experience than going to Barnes & Noble and I would probably come here if I had to choose between the two. I am a avid online book shopper and will continue to be, but I'll check this place out from time to time just for the atmosphere and experience.

Leslie Williston: Great bookstore. I loved the wide selection and the staff were friendly and interested in the books we were buying.

Tripp Wickard: Politics and Prose is a great book store with very kind and helpful employees! However, they don't get all five stars because they lack diversity in their book selection. I understand that DC leans more left, but it is always nice to gain insights into what people on the other side of the spectrum believe or how they interpret something. How will you grow or understand others if you only read things you agree with?

Creed Robbins: Excellent book selection with a very cozy aesthetic. It feels like I'm walking into a place that actually loves books when I'm here, which is a good feeling. There's an even more cozy coffee shop located downstairs, as well.

Ross Martin: An incredible selection of thoughtfully curated books in a thriving setting with great energy. If you can’t find something here to stimulate your thinking, you might be a zombie! Parking is a challenge. The back parking area is shared with several other businesses. Take a scooter over!

Brenna Miaira Kutch: Great 2-level bookstore with a coffee shop downstairs and lots of sections full of brain food, including some comics, manga, and graphic novels. This is the largest of the P&P locations. They host author talks many days out of the month so remember to grab a newsprint magazine to see what's upcoming that month. They have a pretty good selection of stationary supplies as well as literary and social justice themed gift type things (eg bookmarks, playing cards, socks, plushies, pins), plus lots of puzzles and CDs - so it's a nice place for the modern analog person. Great place to find something(s) for a friend instead of buying online.

Robert Stout: Unbelievable book selection. Very interesting author speakers. Yummy food down stairs. Support your local independent book store.

michelle Hargrave: The taste and open mindness of this bookstore has been a wonderful "breath of fresh air" compared to the Barnes and Noble chain store I'm used to back in Texas.

4. Bards Alley Bookshop

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198 reviews
Bards Alley Bookshop
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.8
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 110 Church St NW, Vienna, VA 22180

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (571) 459-2653

Guy: Book store


Review: "Cozy little book store with a bar."

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Caroline Taylor: An amazing book store! I was so excited to go in and find that they had a fantastic selection with great staff picks and even a book that had only JUST come out I’d been dying to read. The staff is great and the extra little fun things like teas, coffees, cocktail mixers and stickers really make it a great visit.

Ash Hollowell: Cozy little book store. Friendly staff. I like how Bards Alley feels kinda like home when you walk in.I Went in to buy a book by Amanda Gorman, also found a cute book for my niece.There aren’t many small neighborhood book stores any more, so I was happy to find this one!

Patrick Carey: What an awesome little bookshoo! They were so sweet and helpful in helping my daughter find a new book. I didn't find what I was looking for, but it is a pretty small shop. That won't discourage me from coming back. Picked up some really cool stickers in addition to a few books for the kiddo. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Noelle Mason: Great local bookstore! It has such a comfortable vibe and it's the kind of place I would love to kill an afternoon (maybe once their little cafe thing is open post-pandemic!). Can't wait!

Ryan Grover: The experience of the booksellers here makes the task of discovering a new book, or a classic, an easy and exciting experience! All of the staff members here are pleasant and enthusiastic about books of every genre. I do admit that this bookstore is small, but they carry a great selection of books. I also need to mention they have a café that serves WINE, BEER, COFFEE and FOOD! Not to mention they carry Mary Lee’s bakery treats (the M&M blondie is amazing). Come check out this quaint little shop and discover something new!

Lindsey Strain: Small local bookshop - I found a new release I was looking for right away. The shop is small but well organized. There is also a space for a coffee shop. It looked like there is the ability to order books online and then pickup in the store. Cute place, I will be going back.

Oscar Wiygul: This is a lovely little bookstore with a great selection of new and classic titles, along with a cute cafe along one edge. Not many places to sit but a great, helpful staff that you can tell care about building and supporting their community.

Joseph Lisee: Great local bookshop, with nice atmosphere and selection. My son and I went in to get a book we saw in the window and ended up leaving with 4 books! Early reading, kids, SciFi, Minecraft I was surprised and happy with what got and the superhero full staff.

Carol Lewis: Very friendly staff and very helpful. This is a nice neighborhood book store.

Collette Hemenway: Great women-owned independent bookshop. Good selection, a free loyalty club, and friendly people. Their book clubs are varied and when it's not pandemic times they have a fun wine cafe atmosphere as well with events. I can't wait until gatherings can start up again, I feel like this is normally a real community atmosphere. Definitely my new standard book store. You can also order from them online through bookshop.org.

5. The Potter's House

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502 reviews
The Potter's House
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.6
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1658 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM

Telephone: (202) 232-5483

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Guy Edwards: Wonderful place and people!! Excellent coffee and food. The impressive and diverse selection of books makes it one of the city’s best book shops. It’s support to vulnerable community members through its pay it forward system and other means makes a big difference to many. A real gem.

Jessica C: I’m a regular. No indoor seating, but in exchange you can bring your dog inside. Mine loves going in for attention and treats. I love going in for an iced vanilla latte. The biscuit and honey with goat cheese is yummy. So is the breakfast sandwich. I also like their scones. Their mission is great. I feel good supporting local charity. And they have a great selection of books. Recommended.

Monica Puerto: I don’t know how this place doesn’t have more reviews when it is always bustling. I love the book collection they have here; it skews progressive and activism (what do you expect out of DC?). The food here is very simple but tasty and affordable. There is so much history here in this place as well; it has been around the early days of Adams Morgan which fed the homeless and I believe continues to.

Tamer Mahmoud: Awesome place. Great and unique book selection. I also wholly support their supports for the homeless and the community. That's a big attraction to this place. Their biscuits, egg, and cheese sandwich was absolutely delicious!

Haydar Celik: Very nice place to have coffee, read, and relax. There are books to purchase and I am sure the food is also good, at least they looked delicious. Will come back for lunch and coffee.

Jonathan Chang: I came for the coffee and Mac and cheese. Chill place. The vibe was full of social justice and community. The Batista just came back from a coffee competition and placed 13th in the nation. For a short time he was offering competition grade coffee, a bit pricey but totally it worth it. It was one of the best cups of coffee I've ever had. That Mac was the last order for the night and totally did not disappoint. It didn't taste like it came out of the box and had a creamy texture. I totally recommend.

Jason Alredge: It was like a library with tables and quite a bit of space. The breakfast food and coffee was good to enjoy.

Kaila Gilbert: Currently one of my favorite coffee shops! Caveat: you can now eat and drink on the patio, but will have to walk 2-3 blocks to go the bathroom (regardless of your ability status or if you are a customer). So that part bummed me out a little; the coffee is a little strong to leave folks hanging like that lol. But, hoping they can open the bathrooms again so you aren't waddling down the street in the middle of your coffee date. Still recommend for pick up and go! Great books, staff, coffee, and pastries. Just not for the pregnant or small-bladdered haha.

Dena Delaviz: This is vegan brekky bowl & sammie. Both yum. The bowl doesn’t have a cheese or bacon substitute so its missing a little umph the carnivorous version prob has.

Peter Liddicoat: Book shop cafe charm. Counter culture ☕, local crispy baby 🥐 (+other pastries, breakfas, lunch, food). WiFi

6. Lost City Books

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291 reviews
Lost City Books
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 2467 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 232-4774

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Hanna Foreman: Great bookstore in Adams Morgan with a wide range of books to choose from in an eclectic building. The staff is always helpful and friendly. The mask policy at the store makes me feel a lot safer. Highly recommend joining the events at the store because they bring in great writers and moderators. Only gripe is that the selection on area studies books is a little limited.
Response: Thanks for the kind words Hanna!

Mark Rhoades: The best book store my wife and I have ever been to. There is a huge variety of books, and the the staff picks always lead to me great books I would have looked over otherwise. We always leave with a stack of books; they also have a surprisingly large selection of Japanese authors that I haven’t found elsewhere.
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Angus Bennion: It’s a well-organized local bookstore with very friendly staff.

pev vas: Very nicely organized Bookstore in the heart of the thriving Adams Morgan neighborhood. It has both new and gently used books and a great selection of the classics. Staff is friendly and it is a great atmosphere for book lovers to browse. It is a must stop every time I visit that neighborhood, and I don't even live in the area.

Ethan Vose: This place was very well organized and probably one of my favorite book stores I've visited. They had very niche topics and categorized very specifically so everything was really easy to find. Prices weren't bad either.
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Rachel McCaffrey: Such an amazing bookstore! I love the mixture of new and used and the great prices!
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Hwa Shi-Hsia: Great selection of new books mixed with used books in good condition, many vintage editions. Dedicated science fiction room. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
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HorrorJunky 4 Life: This store has been in the Adams Morgan area for over 30 years. They sell a variety of used books for half off the price listed on the cover. Cook books, fiction like mysteries & horror, children's books and rare books are located on the first floor. Craft, science fiction and history are located on the 2nd floor. They take credit cards but I think the minimum to use them is $5. They also sell greeting cards, book marks and a few magazines and records.

Stephanie Barrett: I always check Lost City before ordering anything online, if they don't have it in stock, they can order for you...support your local bookstore! Besides, it's just such a charming and lovely place to browse. Bonuses: lots of book club events and deep discount racks out front, plus fun and local cards, prints, etc.
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Patrick Carey: Is there anything better than a local , independent bookstore? Incredibly friendly staff and a great selection of books (organized in very helpful categories). Highly recommend!

7. G BOOKS

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106 reviews
G BOOKS
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1520 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM

Telephone: (202) 986-9697

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Shannon A. McGhee: Great buys and owner very knowledgeable about products he sell. Go check him out for all your needs.

Qiang Qiang: G Books may be hard to find - It's located in the basement of a navy blue building - downstairs of Big Planet Comics Bookstore (another gem on U St.); next to Jo Jo Restaurant (great live music). Literally, it's a hidden gem on 14th St. & U St. DC gay neighborhood. Just left and rather enjoyed the explosion of everything. The gentleman at the counter was helpful and we got what we needed in quick order. A must visit again.

Stephen Knapp: Well-stocked is not the word for this bookstore. There are boxes of books & gay mags everywhere and an owner ready, willing, and able to help you find what you need. Great out-of-print art books (I ought to know many of them used to be mine - (had to downsize when I moved) Their hours are limited so plan ahead. G Books buys used gay books too.

Max B. A. Maynard: Wonderful place to poke around in. The owner is extremely friendly and helpful. He is generous with his time and prices. I have had him throw in extras of whatever I was buying almost every time I have been there.

Robert Pelzer: Great place for all your essentials. The owner is a busy man, he makes sure he is available from about 5pm till 10pm most days maybe 11pm on the weekend. His prices are pretty competitive. He also has a wide variety of books, magazines when it comes to gay male literature.

Juan José: Typically opened from 4:30-10pm Everyday of the week. Though if you call the owner and you are honest about being on the way to store he will wait for you past 10pm if you have to get a dire needed item. Good customer service/attentive and competitive prices.

Felix Kasperl: For the collector, chronicler, scholar, and any reader hoping to learn about the gay past, present, and future, this store is essential. I find myself leaving with massive armfuls of books, which takes a while as the stacks usually reveal texts of increasing intrigue, variety, and quality. You can flip through one pile that already has something you’re set to buy only to discover exciting new routes. This bookshop is a massive resource for gay history in all of its forms: nonfictional theory spanning to tales and compilations of eroticism. All of it is our history. A vintage beefy bro magazine brims with insight regarding sexual trends and various cultures of desire within the gay community. Prolific authors who can, and very often are, ignored by both larger chains and independent shops are present and in abundance! I will say the shop mostly tailors to gay cis men, though not exclusively by any means. As a gay cis man interested in so many types of queer publications, it’s difficult to see what is not front and center. Collectibles abound, carrying the shop’s distinct range. You can find older chippendales calendars, in great condition, and turn your head only slightly to discover a rare printing of Gide. The atmosphere is marvelously accepting. The owner is quite literally one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. The shop also covers items such as sex accoutrements, and the owner is always glad to help (and brimming with knowledge) should you have any questions. If I haven’t articulated what a remarkably sex-positive environment G Books has achieved, I’ll happily make that explicit. The space is free of judgment. Customers are often there for different reasons, and the owner is able to maintain personal privacy while ensuring every person who walks through his doors that there isn’t a question, purchase, or general shopper’s penchant that’s somehow shameful or weird. I collect volumes of Gay male erotic fiction, and whatever adjacent materials I might discover—wherever the odyssey takes me is always treated with the chill and respectful gratitude. Here is a rare store that seeks to help the gay community through sincerely respecting how any individual expresses their identity. If I don’t make a stop here during a trip to DC, my hands must be tied by completely inflexible reasons that are beyond me. While I know this could sound like overkill, I find myself so profoundly happy when I’m able to peruse through such a densely gay collection (which also includes contemporary items if I’ve made it sound like an antique shop). Your tastes will be indulged and shown delightful new flavors. The books and films I’ve purchased at this wonderful store now form the beautiful structure of my personal library, each work becoming an essential piece that I can’t imagine my library existing without. Exceedingly reasonable prices, a vibe that makes you remember the liberties many of us still find hard to accept, and a treasure of a guide who is in his line of work for a reason well-beyond just making a buck are three crucial reasons I can’t recommend the shop highly enough!

Anthony Broderick: Awesome little treasure trove, I'm calling it the national gay-male archive. The proprietor is very well read and knowledgeable will help you find what you are looking for. Be careful the store motif is organized clutter

Constantine Browser: Great Variety ,best prices in the whole DC area and very discrete owner !! Opens starting the night and good closing time !! It follows the respective guidelines for COVID-19 . Totally recomended!

Xavier Khan: I looove this shop! It’s Amazing! So many interesting and informational books and inventory. The Owner of the shop is such a wonderful man. From the moment I stepped in he treated me like a family like customer! I’ll definitely be back often!!

8. Politics and Prose at Union Market

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84 reviews
Politics and Prose at Union Market
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.6
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1270 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 544-4452

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Jenne Siaka: I’ve loved going to Politics and Prose since I moved to DC 10 years ago. I’ve been gone for a bit and was quite ecstatic to find they have a location right in my old neighborhood. I’m not going to lie, it made me want to move back. I went there twice this week alone. My recent visit a couple hours right before my flight. It was worth the risk. I digress, the store itself is small but packed with the newest books on the shelf. Walking in, I was tempted to just touch all the books. There’s fun quirky collectibles and Knick knacks you’d be tempted to add on to your book purchase and the staff are very helpful too. I went on a Saturday morning and it wasn’t packed, there’s limited parking but not hard to find. I love books and I’m glad Politics and Prose is growing to have more locations. Definitely worth the visit.

qnawal97: Love this little bookstore. Had cute gift wrap that I bought and I also loved the fiction selection! It is a bit tight inside but its DC lol. Also love that there’s a coffee shop attached and definitely will try next time.

Becky Gomez: Cute, small space. Limited selection, but they carry the top releases.

Sean Reilly: Employees are rude. When I went to check out, the girl just sat there with her hands folded staring at me, not saying anything looking at me like I wasn’t supposed to be there. Had to ask if I could pay for my book. Looked annoyed that she had to get off her chair. Which is, you know, how she gets paid, so you’d think she could at least say hello. Good book selection though.

Marla holland: New favorite place, my favorite book store it is my Goddaughter and I special place..Plenty of books to intrigue the mind and keep you coming back

Rowan Elizabeth: Love this book store! It has a great vibe and even better selection could spend hours there

Saif Al-Alawi: The staff member was tolerant of my questions and an ample selection of material pervades the small store.

Marian V: I love Politics & Prose, but today I had an unpleasant experience. I needed help to get a book that was on the highest shelf. When I asked the young woman for help to get it, she was not nice almost like we were bothering her: “define high” she said. I was just trying to get my kid her book and buy it.

Daniel Sweeney: Cool throwback to classic bookstores. Brick/stone walls, high shelves, and a great selection of books. Have found some gems in here and plan to head back when I need some more material!

Austin Graff: Union Market has it all, except a bookstore...until now! Local growing bookstore, Politics and Prose opened a small shop off to the side of Union Market near the new sushi restaurant, O-Ku. It's one of their smallest locations, but they still found a way to pack in every section that should be in a bookstore from history to travel to wellness. They also sell DC made items and baby items like books. There's even a small area of seats to enjoy your book. They want to be a neighborhood shop and offer free membership to any resident in the surrounding neighborhoods. They also offer events each month for kids and adults. The staff are friendly and funny!

9. Solid State Books

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371 reviews
Solid State Books
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.7
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 600F H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 897-4201

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Olivia S.O: Such a beautiful bookstore with great atmosphere. It was quiet, well organized, and clean inside. Staff was kind and helpful, I love that they greet you at the door. They also seem to really enjoy each other which always boosts the energy. The children’s section is so inviting, if I wasn’t wearing a dress I would’ve sat in the nook and read a book myself— can’t wait to bring my son here. The cafe was a nice touch, I enjoyed my wine while reading in one of the lounge chairs. I left with “The Body Keeps The Score,” and will definitely be back for more.
Response: Thanks for the awesome review, Olivia! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and see us soon. Cheers!

Katelyn Bodwell: Adorable book store with so many options! They also serve beer and coffee and have a couple seats at the window. The kids section was really cute! They also have some little trinkets and gifts like items to buy.
Response: Thank you! We strive to be a place for the community to shop, have a beverage, work & commune.

Bobbi DeAnda: SUCH A COOL PLACE! The kid section is another level! Our little one didn’t want to leave! We will definitely be back. Also bought one of the coolest books I’ve ever seen - a “photicular” book. Such a great spot!
Response: Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon.

Chris Atkins: Great bookstore to pick up Dogman books obviously. All around cool place. They have a wide variety of topics and books covered here and it's close to a few coffee shops so you can enjoy a good read and a cup of coffee.

C. Howard: wonderful environment to sit and have a beverage and nibble while reading, or slowly peruse great selections until you're ready to make a purchase. a cozy kids corner makes this spot family friendlier. great staff, friendly, helpful and courteous!

Ashleigh N. DeLuca: This bookstore is small but cozy. I love that you can order beer and wine and they let you walk around and browse the books while you finish your drinks. A lot of charm and a decent selection of drinks.

Anna Brazel: Amazing bookstore but also wonderful community space. We visited while traveling and we were thoroughly impressed by the warmth of the staff and the space overall.
Response: Thank you! Stop by next time you're in DC.

Erik Deckers: A friendly and hip bookstore with a lot of great titles for everyone’s interest. Not one of the mega stores, but just enough to pique anyone’s interest. The coffee is good, the food is good, and it’s a nice place to hang out and relax and read your new purchase over an iced latte.

Tyler R: The selection is okay. Very few essayists represented on their shelves. Lots of bubblegum reads. Great "neo-liberal" titles for D.C. transplants. Performative activists will love this place!

Emily Gunter: Very clean and well thought out. I appreciated the wide variety of offerings including the expansive children's section. I appreciated the ambiance of the space, this it did feel a bit crowded at times with the number of children present.

10. Loyalty Bookstore

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Loyalty Bookstore
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: Inside Willow on Upshur 843, Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

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Shannon Boley: This bookstore is one of the best I've ever been to. One thing that blew me away was how many signed copies of books were available for the same price as other unsigned books! The staff were super friendly and helpful. This store was bright and colorful and so well curated, organized, and displayed. There were so many gems throughout (like more signed copies!) and if I could, I would easily spend my whole paycheck in there. When I think of magical bookstores, this is one of them. 5/5

L: Packed with books of all sorts, including children's. Something for everyone! Gem of a place! Masks required, as it is a small store.

Michael Roosa: Great place with a surprisingly broad collection. Love that they have a kid's play area you.

Roosevelt Smith: A wide selection to choose from, but they hold your hand and walk you through the experience you're looking for. Goes without saying that they are very personable, while being professional and knowledgeable about their stuff..

Julian Aidan: Cute and densely packed with every book you never knew you wanted to buy.

keondra f: my favorite local indie bookstore! well-curated collection featuring diverse voices for both children and adults alike. great atmosphere with friendly and knowledgeable booksellers!
Response: Keondra! We are honored to be a part of your book life. Thank you for the review.

Breanna Wright: I was walking my dog one day and ran into the owner who was setting up shop. A lovely person with a fantastic selection of books. I came back with my wallet and the employee was able to recommend 2 amazing books based on what information I gave. They have done an excellent job managing covid and I absolutely will continue shopping at this black owned, inclusive shop.
Response: Hi Breanna, thank you for your review and support! I'm glad you ran into our owner, we all adore her! Please come by anytime during our open hours, and our staff will be sure to give you more recommendations for books we hope you love. Do take care! - Malik

Carla P: Amazing bookstore that allows customers to order through their website, browse their store, or specialty order through their email. I have ordered so many books through them and will keep doing so as I love supporting this business
Response: Thank you for the review and choosing to shop with Loyalty! - Malik

Carlos McKnight: Love it! This was my first time in the Petworth location. Love how small it is and all the selections they have!

Lee Nutter: I desperately needed some books and couldn't do a lot of local shopping during these COVID times. I was tired of giving my money to Amazon, and I heard that Loyalty Bookstore will ship to anywhere in the U.S. I found and ordered the books I needed, and I was fully prepared to wait weeks for them to arrive. Instead, Loyalty Bookstore was FASTER than Amazon! I had my books within two days in pristine condition! I will gladly recommend these folks to anyone.
Response: Hi Lee, thank you for your review and support! We fully support all defections from Amazon! - Malik

11. All Day by Kramers

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All Day by Kramers
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.2
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 1530 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 387-3825

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Jenna DeFosse: This was my first time at Kramers to eat in many many years. The food was good! I remember not liking the food as much last time (maybe 10 years ago?). I came for brunch on a Sunday with a couple of friends at 1:00pm. I reserved online and it said only outdoor seating was available. But when we got there, they said anywhere that had available seating was open. We found three seats at the bar—lucky to sit inside since it was February and cold that day!! I found it a little weird that I reserved a spot but it ended up you were able to sit anywhere that was available. Everyone liked what they ordered. A meal that had fries had old bay on it. I’d definitely want to come back on a date or at a leas busy time. The place was packed. The bookstore was great as usual just super busy the day I was there!

Deborah Williams: Perfect brunch place in DC near metro station. Lovely place cozy and green. Lovers of plants you will love it. Very Delicious food. Great customer service ! Definitely going there again for another brunch

Tiffany Shields: It was ok. The host wasn't the nicest and I had to ask them to wipe off the wet table they wanted to sit me at.🤷🏿‍♀️ I ordered a latte and they didn't give a spoon. I had to ask for it. Ordered the smoked salmon Benedict, it was blah Egg was poached perfectly, however the some of salmon was brown, yuck, and English muffin was stale. Too bad everyone raves about this place, but I didn't have a decent experience. I won't return.

Alysha Muth: Delicious drinks, great food. The arugula salad was so good. Spicy bloody Mary, and nice outdoor seating

Stephanie Corte: We had a decent experience at All Day. The food was okay but not necessarily amazing or unique. The breakfast potatoes were unseasoned and stale with some pieces completely burnt. The bacon and ham were the best tasting parts. It was strange that each of the plates seemed to have been made by different cooks, since the eggs and potatoes were very different from the other plate. For example, one plate had green onions on the eggs and white onions in the potatoes while the other plate did not. The overall vibe, service, and seating outdoors is what makes this an enjoyable place to eat at.

Hanna Foreman: Personally I love the bookstore out front. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I buy most of my books in Washington there. However, do yourself a favor and avoid the brunch here. The service was slow and the servers were not friendly. I ordered a coffee and eggs Benedict. The coffee was lukewarm and served in thin mugs rather than thick diner mugs. The eggs Benedict wasn’t warm and it would’ve been nice to have a side of potatoes instead of a wet salad with an extremely sour dressing. You’re much better off gambling on the line at le diplomate or going somewhere else in the neighborhood.

Anastasia Sarmakeeva: Portions are good, but the dishes was dirty. My berries definitely wasn’t fresh in granola. Maybe if you eating meat sandwiches and burgers are better. But i didn’t have luck. Atmosphere and the place is great though.

Josh Gishi: All Day by Kramer’s has become a staple for my wife and I. Whether if you’re craving breakfast food, a burger, salad, they have it. I love the Kramer’s Breakfast plate, the burger, chicken and waffles, and most recently the Cubano sandwich. The Cubano was so yummy. I think there are better Cubanos in DC, but it was an amazing sandwich nonetheless. Ive always left satisfied and the wait staff is always so pleasant and friendly.

Kayla Cooley: Amazing! We had the Cubano sandwich and it was more than enough for two people. The bookstore was amazing and we had a blast browsing

Joel Hames: It was solidly okay. Service was great. I had the steak and fries (substitute salad because the fries have gluten), and it was all….just okay. Steak wasn’t a particularly pleasant cut, and the cook on it was off. Salad was fine. Wine was good. Likely not heading back.

12. Second Story Books

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Second Story Books
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 2000 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 659-8884

Guy: Used book store


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Jereth Tolentino: You can definitely get stuck inside this place for hours if you’re in to rare books. The staff is great and very helpful. Love the location and the building. I will definitely be coming back every time im in the area.

James Bacon: Excellent used bookstore. They know their books and have sections for modern 1st editions as well as ample SF, Lit and of course history and politics. Really enjoyed the browse. Some lovely finds.

Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez: Great second hand bookshop. They have a very large selection of titles, covering a wide range of topics. Very well organized shelves that make it easy to find what you're looking for. If you still don't, just ask the staff, they were very helpful. I particularly enjoyed the considerable amount of science and economics books, which had some titles outside of the usual suspects. 4/5 stars because the pricing is a bit higher from other physical and online stores.

Angelica Oung: This bookstore had a superb collection of both books you been meaning to read, waiting for you to discover, and are just curious to flip through. The perfect selection of old and newer, with a few antique titles to give it that authentic ambiance. It has the perfect use bookstore smell. Prices are reasonable. Please treasure this place and keep it alive for many years to come.

Eddies: I've been here many times over the years and have yet to come across staff that did not act smug when approached. Last time will be the end of my relationship. I entered under the assumption that since the mask mandate was lifted long ago this establishment was following the path of most other establishments and not mandating masks. As I was browsing around I approached a staff member and began asking her a question (from a distance of about 10 feet mind you). She interrupted me mid-sentence and said "do you have a mask" in a stern tone. I said, oh I didn't realize I needed one. She pointed to some masks near the door. As I was placing the mask on I noticed that she and a male who had been working on a computer had stopped what they were doing and were glaring at me as if I had just committed an atrocity or was an alien from outer space. Between that reaction and her tone in interrupting me (without so much as an apology or simple "excuse me") turned me off. I left and won't be back. The issue here isn't the mask policy it's the pattern of encountering smug employees. I don't "need" to do business here, especially with a store that acts like they are doing me a favor by allowing me in. Plenty of other options out there. I very much like to support local independent business but respect and appreciation go both ways.

Gabriel Nicolosi: Books are overpriced. They also sell extremely overpriced prints as if they were actually art pieces. I frequently buy old and vintage prints online and in auctions and I can tell you those prices are to fool the regular consumer. Also, they like old stuff so much that they still require masks inside the store. I just went inside because my wife wanted a book. Convinced her to leave after 2 minutes and bought the book online. Done with the face diaper.

Gica Mangahas: Great collection of secondhand books. Nice sociology/social concerns and US domestic politics sections. Decent world affairs and regional studies sections, though for more niche topics you'd be better off visiting the giant Rockville location.

JXG JXG: A fairly good selection of books but TERRIBLE customer service, downright rude most of the time. A customer will ask for a book and there will be three or four employees behind the counter but only on rare occasions will anyone actually assist the customer find what they're looking for. And their banter is overwrought sophomoric drivel, and they never shut up!

Amanda Blake: Very cool place! They have some impressive first editions and original or signed works, ranging from books to maps to posters. They also have standard used books, although they seem to lean toward vintage. It's a great place to duck into and look around. They have arrows and mask requirements right now for covid.

HorrorJunky 4 Life: I love the selection of new & used books that are sold here. The isles are a little narrow which makes for a tight squeeze when trying to pass other customers. They also have a nice selection of DVDs. The books being sold on the the sidewalk are a great deal at 4 for $20. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

13. The Lantern Bookshop

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The Lantern Bookshop
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 3241 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 333-3222

Guy: Rare book store


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Jake Layman: Drove through thick DC traffic to visit this store during its stated business hours but naturally they are closed. Thanks for wasting my time and gas money.
Response: So sorry, Jake! We are entirely run by volunteers and, during the summer, often have to reduce our hours due to a shortage of weekday availability. I'll make sure to check our hours on Google and make sure they are current. We hope you will forgive us and make a return visit one day!

Irene James: I am so incredibly happy to have found this gem in Georgetown. What a lovely, lovely store! SO many interesting books, the prices are amazing, and the people there are the nicest, sweetest people ever. I cannot wait to go back, honestly I might go back tomorrow and the next day and the next. If you're a book addict, you simply must go to The Lantern Bookshop. I loved my visit there today.
Response: Thank you!!

Maurielle C: Lots of good finds in here! Unfortunately I didn’t purchase anything but even looking inside was a treat. The books are in extremely good condition and the store is nicely laid out. The women working were very cautious with COVID - much appreciated. They ensured that each customer apply hand sanitizer via the sanitizing station upon entry of the store. Super cute & truly you can find rare books here.
Response: Thank you so much! You never know what you'll find in our little jewel box of a shop

Sara Boyer: I am an avid book collector but I am not a fan or places that are too high priced that no one can afford their books. This is not one of those places! I found a large assortment of lovely new and used books as really good prices. I talked to the owner and most books are either donated or ones that they find and she uses the money for scholarships for woman college students at Bryn Mawr College! What a great place!
Response: SO glad you came in and found some goodies!!!

Gina Beckman Wright: The lady working the store is rude and unwelcoming. Came in ten minutes before the store was closing and as soon as we walked in she said "ah we're closing so unless there's something specific you want, you should just turn around and walk out." Nothing special about the store either, came in a time before and it's mostly newer used paperback books, was expecting something cute and old, with rare books, definitely not the case. Not worth an out of the way stop.
Response: We were not open three days ago (check our website for current hours) and we have an extensive selection of hardbound and older, as well as newer, books. Could you be describing a different place?

Michael Dirda: The Lantern is a cozy and eclectic bookshop, and well worth a visit, but for those of us who don't live in Georgetown, its hours make this difficult. During the week it closes at 4 PM on the days it is open. I realize that it is run by volunteers, but longer hours--ideally into the early evening--would be a great encouragement to customers. For instance, I have an event at Georgetown University Library on Thursday at 6 and thought I might visit the bookshop beforehand. But this isn't really workable, given the early closing at 4. Sigh. --md
Response: Yes, it's definitely a problem, and we understand the frustration. A lot of our volunteers are older and/or come in to Georgetown from a distance away, so getting home in the dark and rush hour is not really viable for them. We have later hours in December on Fridays, which are popular nights.

Rashid Darden: The Lantern is a decent bookstore, but the section with African American interest has dramatically decreased in size over the years. All in all, an okay store with friendly staff.
Response: The problem is, those books get snapped up very quickly, so it's hard to maintain stock in that category, since our books are all donated. Its nice that there's such demand, though!

Tracy Acheampong: Very nice community bookstore. Most books are under $5 and the selection changes every time I visit. It's worth a stop inside.
Response: Thank you!

Melinda Madden: The classic charm of a stuffy, quiet book store. A quiet spot to get away from the buzzing streets of Georgetown.

Bryce Jahner: What an awesome find! Great selection of carefully curated books. Fantastic spot to browse while on a walk.
Response: So glad you found us - come back soon!

14. East City Bookshop

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East City Bookshop
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.9
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE #100, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 290-1636

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Justine Sacco: Visited this bookstore for the first time today, and so glad I did! Spacious, bright, and staffed by some lovely, helpful people. I stopped by to pick up a special order (very easily done online) but I'll absolutely be back to browse and buy more. Also, in an optimal location to pick up a book and then enjoy reading it at over a meal at one of several fantastic restaurants nearby.
Response: Thank you for this wonderful review and for posting pictures! We look forward to you coming back to browse and hang out. Happy reading!

Declan Glueck: I always love exploring a new bookstore, and this was well worth the time. It is extremely cute inside, and has a great selection for the size. I appreciated all the hand-written recommendation notes, and ended up buying two books I've been looking for. Give them a visit if you're in the area!
Response: Thanks for shopping with us, and thank you for the lovely review! I hope you can come again soon.

Michael Lawrence: I interacted with at least 4 booksellers at East City and each one was so welcoming & thoughtful. I would say this is the best "customer service" I've experienced in a bookstore, but I don't love that phrase. I was treated as a person by other wonderful people, and I encourage others to experience this store's selection and curation. Thank you East City!!
Response: Thank you so much for your review, Michael! I can’t tell you how much this means to me and the whole staff. This is what we love about our jobs—all the wonderful people we get to meet and talk books (and other things) with. We love our community of customers and we hope to see you again soon!

Ashleigh N. DeLuca: This is my favorite bookstore in DC! I go out of my way to stop by this bookstore whenever I’m in town. They have a smart layout which utilizes their small space well. It makes the bookstore look much bigger and doesn’t feel crowded or cramped. They have a great selection of books and their staff are all so knowledgeable and friendly. Throughout the bookstore you’ll see little green cards on the bookshelves which include the staff’s thoughts on specific books. I think this is such a fun idea and I love to spend half my browsing time just reading what the cards say. There is a certain charm that this bookstore has that none of the other DC bookstores have.
Response: Thank you so much for this wonderful review! Thanks for shopping with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Laura Delgado: Cute & calming bookshop with a good selection, and lots of recommendations which is helpful, as well as reasonable prices. I found English/Spanish children books, and plenty of fiction & cookbooks that were very interesting.
Response: Thank you so much, Laura! We hope to see you again soon.

Bilal Rahmani: For such a socially conscious bookstore this place is oddly hyper focused on white women's guilt towards black women.. then no books at all about any of the incredibly problematic military objectives abroad. I'm sorry, this place felt like a shallow attempt to be woke. At least Toni Morrison made it to the bottom shelf.

Ren Jax: A fantastic find filled with a diverse collection of local writers and national favorites. The staff is very attentive to customers needs willing to suggest finds if needed, or seek out authors. The downstairs space has more choices including graphic novels and other comic books. There is also room for small gatherings to hear readings of works.

Andreana Morris: Have been following one of the book sellers on their tik-tok for a while. Went in and enjoyed ever moment. Got to meet the book seller and they helped my girlfriend and get a bunch of books to read for our after OFMD pirate brain rot. Met other queer folk. Had the best time. Will be back soon.
Response: Thanks for coming in and thanks for this wonderful review--we hope to see you again soon!

Hayley Trezzo: This was one of the most chaotic book stores I've been in. My visit included two dogs barking at each other (blocking the entrance) and a baby crying/screaming for a good five minutes straight (from a massive stroller that taking up a lot of the already cramped space by the registers/stairs). So I guess this place is great for families with young children and dog lovers! But it definitely is not for me. With so many other independent book stores in DC, I wouldn't go out of my way to visit or support this one.
Response: I'm so sorry that you had an unpleasant visit! We do welcome everyone, including people with their leashed dogs and families with strollers. And it can get crowded quickly near the registers. Most of the time it all works and things are calm, but clearly not at that moment. The week before Christmas can turn into momentary chaos very quickly; again my apologies. Enjoy your holidays!

Belle Ellrich: The staff here are super nice and extremely helpful. I live out of state and pre-ordered a book. Due to having ADHD, I forgot to change my address on my pre-order after I moved. They were able to catch my order before it shipped and helped me change the address without extra cost to me, even though I offered to pay for the mistake. They even called to confirm that they had the correct address before it was sent out. Because of this, I highly suggest supporting them and shopping from their bookshop. I will be shopping here again in the future and look forward to my next purchases from their store.
Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review and thank you for shopping with us. We really appreciate it and look forward to helping you again in the future!

15. Capitol Hill Books

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Capitol Hill Books
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 657 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 544-1621

Guy: Used book store


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Da-Wang Wu: This little bookstore was definitely a hidden gem. Walking in it feels like a treasure hunt that you don’t know what you are going to find. I enjoyed visiting it! However, I was a bit surprised that the book I bought here was like 2x price than online bookstore… Also, the staff was definitely not in a good mood that day, making some conversations a bit awkward. Overall, I’m fully supportive to independent bookstores and might consider recommending it to others.

ghe rahadi: Glad I found this place! Quite organize, sorted by the book genre so you can easily find your desired literature. The counter lady is nice and friendly..

Brian Hagan: Such a cool used bookstore in DC! Staff was super friendly. Space is cozy so be prepared to squeeze between rows of books. They have 3 floors of books which includes the upstairs and basement. Loved checking this place out!

Hans-Martin Ishida: Best bookstore in the city. Amazingly wild and eclectic collection of used books plus a good variety of new releases. Many of the new releases are also relevant and topical to the social justice issues in the US and DC today.

Monique Johnson: I really enjoyed browsing here some warm days after work on my way home. It’s that kind of place. You go when you’re looking and when you’re not. They will always have some thing you might like. I’d recommend

John O'Connor: Capitol Hill Books has to be one of the best DC gems. Their social media is wicked smart, and their store is a staple of the neighborhood. For anyone who calls DC home, this place is a must.

Joseph S.: Great selection of books and the man who runs/owns it is pretty cool. Store is setup in a really unique way as well.

Sarah McBurney: Enjoyed looking at the great variety of used and new books. Was a small and intimate location. The upstairs fiction section was great and well organized. Wish I could have spent more time there.

Joseph Kerski: I love this store. I wish I could live there ! Thank you all. Even geography books in the basement !

Bruce Lowther: interesting hole in the wall book store. great book summaries in inserted in some of the books. lots of interesting titles. prices are a bit high but that’s very likely due to the location.

16. Busboys and Poets

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Busboys and Poets
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 789-2227

Guy: Book store


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Tina Marbury: My group is visiting from Ohio for a conference. The restaurant is pleasingly eclectic in its decor. The atmosphere was quaint. The server was pleasant and smile with authenticity as she assisted the three of us. The food was served hot and was pleasing plated. The taste of the good was amazing. The seasoning of the catfish, greens and cheddar and jalapeño grits was perfect. I could eat here every day.

Valerie Mostyn: I absolutely loved it here! I loved how the staff were just having a good time and jamming out to music while working. The girl behind the bar was living her best life with the music. The whole place has a fantastic vibe and great food. We came for brunch but I'm sure dinner is just as great!

Beverlyn Salva: Boyfriend and I were looking for breakfast to eat and we choose to go here. Very unique atmosphere. Love how they incorporated the bookstore & dinning together. Although the service we got was not what we expected. We order our drinks then later ordered our entrées. We get our food and both of our food was lukewarm and my fries was COLD (didn’t eat it). In addition, our server never checked on how we are doing and gave us what we requested which was just sugar for our coffee. Manager was walking around doing table touches and we never got touched. Our server then asked “how was everything” after we put our plate aside and decided enough is enough. Maybe if we come back it’ll be different but being our FIRST time eating there, we won’t come back. So if you’re looking for good food with good service this won’t be it or maybe it’ll be different. Who knows.

c clark: This was a very cool spot. I really liked the environment and the had great music, classic hip-hop and r and b. Great service and great food. I will definitely be going back here next time I'm in DC

Matt K: We got the Smoked Dalmon Benedict and Sweet Potato Pancakes. Overall this was a great breakfast and was memorable. I wish I could do it slightly differently. I'd like to add a little bit of red onion and sea salt or everything bagel seasonings to the Benedict. Other than that, very nice.

Erika L Zamora: Loved this place! 1st time in DC and heard this was a great place to eat and shop for books. They were right! Staff was friendly and the energy was Perfect. I had the cheeseburger and some nachos- both were delicious. I tried the cauliflower bites and was pleasantly surprised! I asked our waitress what drink she recommended since I liked sweet drinks. She brought over a DC water and I ended up having 3. Bought some postcards, stickers, a jigsaw puzzle and a book. Would definitely visit again!

Abigail Morales: The ambience is what you'll visit this location for. An unassuming book store with inspiring quotes and art of historic figures. The food is okay for what I felt was overpriced breakfast/lunch. We asked for a fried chicken sandwich the online menu didn't mention it being spicy but it was. The Cobb salad chicken tasted and looked like chicken that is pre-prepared and just waiting to be thrown on the salad. I had the wild rice soup and it came out room temperature and was a little salty. The kids grilled cheese was great according to my daughter. Our server Eunice only stopped by to refill water and drop the check. I would've expected something a little friendlier from a place giving such warm bookstore cafe vibes.

Destinee Douglas: This was a really nice place ! As you wait too can check out their book store . Had so many different wonderful and colorful books. We sat at the bar so we wouldn’t have to wait . We had ebony as our waitress. She was very sweet . As you can see in the photos there are two pics of soup. Norge the same ( wild rice vegetable soup) but one is a cup and one is a bowl! If you get the bowl you’ll likely be full before you even get your entree. But the soup was delicious and flavorful ! I definitely recommend that. Then I ordered the shrimp and grits ! Absolutely delicious. & I love how they has asparagus in it . Never had shrimp and grits with that in it. The shrimp were big & it was a nice portion . My friend got the chicken and shrimp pasta . It was kind of spicy but good as well! We both ordered their orange Juice too and you definitely want to because it’s really fresh. It gets made right in front of your eyes with a machine they have at the bar . Literally squeezes the oranges 😆 My cousin ordered a burger . Didn’t get a chance to take a pic but it was good . Last but not least we topped it off with their desert . A banana pudding I think with ice cream. It was good 😩 we were stuffed ! Lol

Peter Schwarzenbach: Good spot for a cozy breakfast. Prices are a bit steeper than expected but friendly wait staff and prompt courteous attention was always offered. My eggs where a tad overcooked but by no means bad. Would recommend for a unique and tasty experience

Aditi Rajvanshi: This place has amazing fresh food available at an affordable price. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options as well! Would definitely recommend if you love flavorful breakfast.

17. MahoganyBooks

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MahoganyBooks
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.6
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 844-2062

Guy: Book store


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Angel Dove: Ordered a custom sweatshirt online from them back in November and have yet to receive it. I have contacted the store on several occasions (telephone calls, voice messages, and portal messages) in which I spoke to a live person twice. I received unapologetic responses and have been told to expect a call back in 3-5 business days, which never happened. I have had friends who live in the DC area rave about their in store experiences; I only wish that the online service was just as good. After my online shopping experience, I will NOT be ordering from them again.

Rivah Sistah: My Mahogany Books experience was GREAT! Awesome customer service and sooooooo many books to choose from. My daughter and niece who are teens said they want to go back. I will take the trip from VA bs ordering online.

Lorrie Brinson-Arevalo: As a new Author I had an opportunity to fly to DC to visit this awesome Black Owned Bookstore. My 1st but it will not be the last #BlackBooksMatter

Tina R: I checked out this store in person at the National Harbor. The store was beautiful, clean, and well-stocked. I will definitely shop there in-person again. As I like to support black-owned businesses, I am sad to see from the other reviews that their online ordering may not be the greatest system right now. But if you are local and enjoy paper books like me, I recommend them.

Hypnotik Vanity: Awesome BLACK OWNED BOOKSTORE. Excellent customer service. I asked for recommendations and was given two. I took that and purchased both. Ready for my next visit.

Jalan W B: Hubby and I have been meaning to stop by and so glad we did tonight. What a wonderful, intimate community book shop. We left with a bag full of books that Christy, a really nice employee, helped us find for ourselves and a new speculative fiction book by Nnedi Orakorafor book for our school aged son. Highly recommend this community gem. Can’t wait to go back soon! We also got to check out great art installations within and next to the the Anacostia arts center and did some clothes shopping next door.

Ariana Abdulmassih: This place is a scam. I ordered two books from them eight months ago and received various generic emails that they were experiencing delays and they'd be here as soon as possible. After not receiving my books eight months later, I reached out and received an incredibly unapologetic response claiming "the post office lost my books" and they're not liable for that. They would not even provide proof that the books had actually been sent leading me to believe they pocketed the cash and just completely forgot about my order. STAY AWAY from this place and choose any other small business book store to support - they clearly do not care about their customers.

Danielle Watson-Murray: I ordered several books for myself and my family before it was “trending “ to patronize a black owned bookstore earlier this year. Most of the order arrived very quickly. The other portions arrived later and they they kept me updated during the process. I love their virtual book meet and greets with the authors! Overall I will continue to purchase from them and I have already told several of my friends and family members about their great customer service!

Cindy B: Ordered four books online. Communication between me and the store was great! They are doing an awesome job at fulfilling their orders under current circumstances. I did have to wait an additional week or so to receive my full order (and I did!) but I honestly don’t mind waiting as long as it takes. At this point in time, it’s about supporting local businesses and keeping them afloat.

Brian Klein: I was sent a giftcard to support the business which was great. I ordered 3 books with that gift plus a little more. It took weeks to ship and as of this review it has been over 4 months with my third book never shipping. I emailed the store multiple times and have tried calling but still haven't been in contact with them.

18. Tempo Bookstore

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Tempo Bookstore
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 4115 Wisconsin Ave NW #105, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 363-6683

Guy: Book store


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Aneta Rusek: Cute store, children's books mainly. Some languages are better represented than others. Very few books in Polish, but that's somewhat expected. A ton of books in Spanish and French. Also, some of the books are old/used, which is great.

Michael Black: Great customer service. They didn't have the ESL text I needed in store but ordered it at a discount under what I would have gotten had I ordered it myself. Picked books up easy peasy when they came in. Caution: Street parking can be hard to find. There is a parking lot nearby.

Guillermo Guevara: I been a customer for several years, they have an excellent collection of ESL books at a very good prices

John Greenwall: Decent range of languages but not a large store

Norman Brenner: Excellent small store specializing in foreign and English language learning.

RICARDO MONTES: They're really kind, and the book collection is huge.

19. Busboys and Poets

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Busboys and Poets
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 726-0856

Guy: Bar


Review: "Socially conscious dining, plus a bar and a bookstore!"

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Mozart Jimenez: Pretty neat joint with books + delicious food. Their Dining area is a bit small which is why we made a reservation in advance just for them to still make us wait about 30-40 for a table, their reservation system is very pointless. The wait staff were super tentative and on point when it came to our refills and overall food satisfaction. I was able to try their sweet potato hash which I feel was a bit too small of a portion, nonetheless it was very delicious! French toast are a 10/10 recommend so soft but also crunchy. Definitely would love to try this place out again if I’m ever in the area.

Pat S: I’ve been to this location several times, the service was horrible tonight. They sat us down but don't show up for a long time. Busboys has a large menu with a great variety of meat, vegan-friendly, and health conscious options! Fair prices and great vibes, nice bookstore collection you can come here for any occasion. The brunch is tasty as well, please check out the events for open mic/poetry night. Dope free spirited spot!

J M: Out for Sunday brunch with my friend and what a great experience with our server Asha! We will be here every seek to enjoy more great Sunday vibes! The salmon benedict , grits and french toast were all amazing!

Galen Oettel: Large menu with a great variety of meat, vegan-friendly, and health conscious options! Vibes are great whether you’re with a date, friends, or family. Friendly staff. The vegan “egg” wrap was amazing; very flavorful and the fake sausage was a great touch. Multiple side options but I recommend the grits. Can’t wait to come back to try more menu items!

Dhruv Jaiswal: Great fooodd amazing drinks ! The bloody Mary was so good that we ordered one too many. Definitely recommend trying the bloody Mary. The cauliflower wings were amazing and a must try as well. The hummus was okay.

Jamila Abdulkadir: First of all the service was super quick and really great overall! The sandwiches are on point 🙌🏾🥪🍟☕️. I had a nice time sitting outdoors with a friend. It’s a busy area so park at the metro nearby or at the CVS adjacent to the restaurant.🍹

Claudy S: Prior to our visit, we had to leave another B&P location because no one got to our table in less than 12 mins. We left and came straight to this one and the difference was obvious. A minute after being sat, we were greeted by our waiter (Dee) with a smile, waters and etc. Our food and beverages was brought to us all in great timing and presentation was on point. Even during our service there were other staff that checked in on us and made sure we were well taken care off. You can tell that this Takoma location really devote their time to give stellar service to customers and I’m sure that come from management on down. We don’t know why we tried the other location because we come here a lot. It’s just great to know that every time, we’re here, it’s always a good experience. Thank you again and we will be back!

Cami Rose: What a delightful restaurant/book store! If you dig Langston Hughes and great eats, GO HERE.

Janie T: Fantastic spot. The atmosphere is relaxing and wait staff provides attentive service. Would definitely go here again. had the new delicious, beautiful roasted vegetable sandwich and it was to die for. The portions were perfect and saw the hamburgers were huge and quickly eaten. Would Bus Boys consider bottling their citrus Salento dressing? Mayo?

Tyler Witman: Great food, good service, and even better events. The sangria and dc tap water are great cocktails. The brussel sprouts are a great starter and I always love the shrimp and chorizo pasta!

20. Loyalty Books

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Loyalty Books
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.6
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 823 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

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Hunter McHugh Smith: Hi Loyalty Books! I have never been to your store front and I live across the country from you, but I ordered my journal from Loyalty books for the Get Untamed journal event! Thank you for having a great website, and great customer service. My book came in on time and I want to thank you for all your hard work to ship the Get Untamed journals I really appreciate it! I cannot wait to support y’all more in the future!

Li Grabenstetter: I love this bookstore. Absolutely fantastic little space, wonderful owner and booksellers, and absolutely the most spectacular curation! I can’t walk in without walking out without at least 2-3 books. And the events!! I got to watch Saeed Jones interview Helen Oyeyemi, can you imagine a more intriguing pairing?? If you’re looking for a little bookstore with a lot of heart and a focus on marginalized voices, support this one!

Trudel Pare: This is a really great local bookstore. The staff are super welcoming and knowledgeable, and the collection is pretty good and fairly varied for the size of the store. Also a great collection of journals and notebooks. Would highly recommend!

Ronnie Adler: SUPPORT THIS BOOKSTORE!!! Besides the fact that making an effort to put money into our communities by buying from local and small businesses/bookstores is already an amazing act, this store is just wonderful. Walking inside makes you feel transported into a better time, a better world. Staff are incredibly friendly and their book selections are curated so you know every cent you spend in there is going to good people and causes. My life truly changed when I first walked into this store, and I will be a loyal customer for as long as I live close enough to go here. THANK YOU LOYALTY BOOKS!

Brooke Peloso-Horowitz: A true gem. This is a lovely store near the heart of downtown Silver Spring with kind and helpful staff and an excellent selection. My last visit I ran in to pick up a book I had ordered while my daughter was asleep in the car, and the book was brought out the car right away. Nap saved and day made! Would highly recommend it this bookstore.

Eli Briggs: Great addition to Silver Spring. They didn't have the book I was looking for but ordered it and texted me when it came in.I love having a local alternative to online stores like Amazon.

Carlos McKnight: Very small location which I do love. Loved their book selections and would defiantly visit again. Can’t wait to visit the one in DC.

Manal Murangi: I went into the bookstore with my sister and was absolutely thrilled by the bookstore that seemed to cater to me. I had never seen a Black owned bookstore before and it was really validating to see Black books that didn't just exist in the 'African American literature' section. Can't wait to come back!
Response: Thank you so much for the kind review Manal! This is literally why Loyalty exists and we cannot wait to bring you more great Black reads.

jo bogo: Went in to buy a book for a friend and was hooked instantly. Have come back for more over and over. Love the selection, love the staff. A local gem in downtown Silver Spring.

Luke Haskins: Very cool, the free book marks tailored to your purchases is a nice touch.