Best Second Hand Textbook Shops In Washington Near Me

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1. Second Story Books

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Second Story Books
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 2000 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 659-8884

Guy: Used book store


Review: "Great second hand bookshop."

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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.

2. Capitol Hill Books

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Capitol Hill Books
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 657 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

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.

3. Reston's Used Book Shop

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Reston's Used Book Shop
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: Village Center, 1623 Washington Plaza North Lake Anne, Reston, VA 20190

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 435-9772

Guy: Used book store


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A Mac: Nice, cozy book store but very pricey.

Sam S: A very serene place to peruse for some books. Also, a great place to bring old books to trade in for either cash or store credit (note: must book an appointment). The variety here is impressive. They even have a section on the local history of the area. The owners/employees are about as nice as they come.
Response: Thanks Sam for the complements and we agree that our staff are great. They love books and they love working at RUBS.

Tilly Lo: The location of this bookstore on Google Map is incorrect, but I just submitted the correction. This Used Book Shop is located next to Kalypso, to the right when you are facing the entrance of Kalypso Restaurant. Because of the incorrect location, I called the bookstore, and the lady who answered the phone was so helpful, polite and friendly. She guided me to where the store is located, and she was so welcoming. I was looking for some old VC Andrews and newer James Patterson (JP) hardcover books. Unfortunately, they didn't seem to have any VC Andrews books, but it is understandable because these books are very old. She did have some JP hardcover books, but I already have them. I collect JP books. Majority of the books in there appears to be paperback, but they do have some hardcover. Finding what you want can be a hit or miss. I suggest visiting the store regularly if you are looking for something particular. I explored the bookstore since I had some time, and I found some interesting books. This bookstore pretty much hax everything: How-To, Arts and literature, non-Fiction, Fiction, bibles of various religions, children books, etc... Their prices are somewhat high, I thought, but given the rent and other expenses, it is understandable. Paperbacks are 50% off the retail price, and the price for the hardcover books written is in the upper right corner inside the book. I checked a few of the prices, and it seems like the hardcover books are priced at less than 50%. For a typical hardcover fiction books, the ones I looked at was around $10 or $15. There was a $85 book that was priced at $35. Just to give you an idea. The condition of the books varies, but they are in pretty good used condition - not falling apart type. Occasionally, there would be one that looks or is brand new. If you are looking to save some money, I do recommend checking out this little bookstore and support small businesses. If you are financially challenged, I recommend checking the book sale section at the local library and the local thrift stores. I did after leaving this bookstore, and found 2 hardcover books at the thrift store for $2.59 each plus tax. I was so happy considering one of which is released not too long ago, a James Patterson book that would have cost me over $10 on eBay or $16 at Costco.

Arpan Shah: Very exciting to see this nice used book shop with great collection of books and very reasonable pricing. My kids were very excited and pick up a lot of good books to read. Definitely visit it if you are in the neighborhood.
Response: Welcome Arpan and Kids - thanks for the great review!

Toni Airaksinen: Eclectic mixture of used books, some classics, some very old & torn. The store offers children’s books, biography’s, memoirs, cookbooks, history books and much more. In my opinion the selection was small and I didn’t see anything I liked, nevertheless it was quite an adventure to walk through. The staff are super friendly, and they’re eager to help with any questions you may have.

Mike DiSipio: Owner was incredibly rude when we walked in. I didn't bother to stay very long thereafter and get a good sense of the books they had or the prices. Didn't want to spend money on someone who treats strangers and potential customers so poorly right off the bat

Tatiana Cneazev: A small, but cute book shop. We enjoy going there and never left empty handed.
Response: Thanks Tatiana!

Kristen Bert: Great store! Many of the books are in super condition and the prices are good. Store clerk (from Feb 2nd evening) was very knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely return.
Response: Thanks Kristen - when did you visit so that we can acknowledge the 'very knowledgeable and friendly staff'

Taylor Wreath: The used book store scene is sadly lacking in Reston but this book shop really makes up for it! With kind staff, amazing finds, and the cozy environment any book store should have, I love coming here. I know there will always be a wonderful book to find.
Response: Wow! Thanks Taylor - really appreciate your review - Susan and Bud Burwell

Suzie S: Horrible experience... when entering store, woman sitting in the front of the store was rude. Very off-putting...will never return. And why do you still require masks? Pathetic!

4. The Lantern Bookshop

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The Lantern Bookshop
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 3241 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

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!

5. East City Bookshop

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239 reviews
East City Bookshop
Prices
4.8
Product Quality
4.9
Services
4.8
Customer service
4.8
Product Variety
4.8

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

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!

6. Bridge Street Books

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186 reviews
Bridge Street Books
Prices
4.6
Product Quality
4.6
Services
4.7
Customer service
4.6
Product Variety
4.6

Address: 2814 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 965-5200

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Rachel Little: One of my favorite bookstores ever, after just one visit! Two levels of books in a fairly small square footage yet had the total works of so many authors! So important to showcase an authors complete works, not just the well-known ones. Also, a HUGE poetry selection (pictured). Will definitely return.

Justin Kleiber: I wasn't looking for anything in particular but I saw a book that caught my eye and bought it. I look forward to reading it soon! The bookstore itself doesn't have a wide variety of topics/genres, and the 90% of the upstairs is labeled "literature" which seems overly broad, which is why it's not 5 stars for me. However, it is a good store.

Kayla Hyland: This is a very cozy little book store with a surprising amount on offer. My only issue was the organizational method used. There were many shelves just labeled "literature" carrying everything from classic literature to modern ya. It made it a bit difficult to find the book I was looking for. But over all it was a great experience.

Latasha Perry: Great little bookstore for the reader at heart. Nice selection. Clean shopping experience. Friendly staff.

Maya Patel: This is a great bookstore, however, not all of their staff is super knowledgable/enthusiastic. They have a wonderful selection and it’s a must visit if in Georgetown for their unique genres of books and bi-level sunlit space.

Mohammed Al-Marri: One of my favorite bookstores! The staff is extremely friendly, always suggesting me books that highlight the same topic I’m searching for deeper insight. They have a great selection of political books which is something thats not too hard to find in the DC area but really appreciated when you do.

Andrew Jreige: This is a cute bookshop located in Georgetown. There may not be a large selection compared to the giant bookshops you could go to but it does still have some quality reads on offer. Check it out if you're in the area and support the local bookstores!

Troy Gavazzi: Got a beautifully illustrated hard cover edition if Dune here for only $10.99, so 5 stars!

Rishi Kumar: I love Bridge Street Books. The staff is so knowledgeable and helpful, and they manage to fit a ton of awesome books in such a small footprint. They keep a great stock of contemporary fiction from small presses, as well as a nice poetry and philosophy. This makes it a great place to browse and find something new--one of the great advantages of a brick and mortar bookstore over Amazon, whose algorithms keep recommending you more of the same.

Jamie L: This bookstore was a nice break from all the hustle and bustle of DC. It has a relatively large collection of different subject matters.

7. Kensington Row Bookshop

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38 reviews
Kensington Row Bookshop
Prices
4.9
Product Quality
4.8
Services
4.8
Customer service
4.8
Product Variety
4.8

Address: 3786 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 949-9416

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Deanne Ollett: Great selection of books and a lot of hole-in-the wall gift items that I didn't know I needed but I've now have made great head way on Christmas shopping. Lots of posters and post cards to sift through and more books in French than I've ever seen in one place.

Alexandra Ng: A lovely book shop with comfortable areas to relax, sit down, and read

Annie Jernigan Goldberg: I love the used bookshop. The woman is very nice. The bookshop has a wide selection of books. They have $1 book sections.

Catherine Nowicki: A one of a kind place. The book store you (or reading kids, teens) would live to cozy up in, buy books and stay! I have been going for years. I also sell books for trade of others. They have amazing posters, cards and unique gifts. You'll want to buy lots of reasonably priced used books and stay!

Margaret Flaherty: This is the best used bookstore in Montgomery County, and one of the best anywhere. Besides being a cozy, colorful and comfortable bookstore, the books are meticulously organized; whatever you're looking for, if they have it, you'll be able to find it. I'm always on the prowl for unusual and interesting art books and I've made many of my best finds in this shop.

Jim Laurenson: Amazing little place, with lots of good and old books. They provided a rapid response to my email search for a specific book, which BTW was successful!

John Daly: This is a very friendly place with a great selection of previously owned books. It is a comfortable place in which to browse, and hosts several book clubs, a chess club as well as being a source for information on Catalan culture. It sits in the Kensington Row surrounded by antique shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Pamela Bookshop: Great for Browsers And for specific books. Carries large and interesting selection of new and used and antique books. History: Civil War, WWI & WWII, African American, Asian, British, Chines, Russian, etc., Law, Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Fiction and non-fiction in paperback and hardback. Literature, Classics, Sci-Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Crime, Foreign Language books. Biographies & Memoirs, Business, Cooking, Hobbies, Crafts, Musicians, Childrens and Young Adult. All major credit cards accepted. Easy and free parking on street and St. Paul's church allows parking in their lot on Armory a block from the shop on Howard Avenue in Kensington.

Frank Hopper: A fantastic bookshop. The proprietor is very knowledgeable and there is an area of the shop dedicated to Catalan culture. They hold poetry readings and other events regularly.

Elisa Ferrante: Big fan of this store. It has a great selection of books and the staff is friendly. My only complaint is there is just so much that it's difficult to sort through and find things. You must have lots of patience!

8. Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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282 reviews
Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Prices
4.4
Product Quality
4.5
Services
4.4
Customer service
4.4
Product Variety
4.4

Address: 70 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 488-3867

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Jennifer Trent: Great bookshop at The Wharf! Well curated with fantastic displays and great suggestions. Worth a stop to pick your next great read.

Joshua Perry: An amazing small bookstore with a great selection of books. The store is well laid out. There is a large section in the front with plenty of games and trinkets that make for great gifts. The store also has some book suggestions which can be helpful if you're not quite sure what book to get next. It was also very easy to pick up an online order right at the front desk.

Jonathan Haag: We had a wonderful time picking up some kids books, a puzzle, and a new history book. Great local bookstore that is a pleasure to visit and shop for a wild array of books. We visited, most recently, during a rainy 🌧 day. Good place to dry off and pick up a puzzle or book.

Sophie Boston: A great book store, with a giant choice of books. You can find a lot of funny little toys and gadgets too. Weird smell- only complaint.

I S: During our brief visit, an employee was sitting behind the front desk, loudly playing some random YouTube show. You could hear it through the entire bookstore and it ruined the atmosphere. It wasn't even close to closing time either, where you could kind of forgive something like this as a passive-aggressive way to shush folks out of the store.

Michelle Lachman: Love a great indie bookstore. This place has an interesting curated selection, charm & the staff are very helpful. It’s located in the wharf which is very cool to walk around day or night. Highly recommend- support local bookstores!

Elena Myers: Great merchandise and books. Friendly staff. Great location. Too small to handle a large event. No bathrooms for customers. They are not able to currently validate your parking ticket which makes parking expensive here.

Scott Chaplowe: I was able to get personal recommendations from the person working there for a book for my daughter, and she said I could return it (unused) if I later decided I did not want to keep it.

Linsay Culver: On a whim, I decided to go to the wharf (never been). There I stumbled upon this gem of a bookstore. It had great books, but also quirky gifts. I would definitely go back.

Grace Davis: LOVE THIS BOOKSTORE! It feels so cozy, the books are great, and they have free educational events. Dog friendly too!

9. Kramers

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Kramers
Prices
4.4
Product Quality
4.4
Services
4.5
Customer service
4.4
Product Variety
4.4

Address: 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 387-1400

Guy: Book store


Review: "Busy bookshop that has a lot to offer."

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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.

10. GW Campus Store

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GW Campus Store
Prices
4.1
Product Quality
4
Services
4
Customer service
4
Product Variety
4

Address: 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 994-6870

Guy: Book store


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Maggie Schoonover: Super frustrated at GW Bookstore customer service. I bought a hood and tassel for graduation, but prior to the graduation ceremony I realized I wouldn't be able to go so I tried to return the items. They had never told me the items were nonrefundable when I bought them. I still had the receipt and everything and they wouldn't let me return. On top of being upset that I didn't get to walk at graduation, I had the added stress of paying for stuff I didn't use, and dealing with rude customer service. 0/10

K: This is a merch store more than a bookstore. Textbooks are stocked in a warehouse in Maryland and brought here to fulfill your order. If you have to wait anyway, you may as well just order for cheaper elsewhere.

Bhagyashree Panda: Quite expensive but a lot of GW curated items are available. Best to shop for small gifts from GWU for family and friends. All office stationary are available.

David Khorram: Open up at 12 PM. We are here for visit. Lots of goodies. We got some. Nice place to visit.

Heleen Raes: For text books, this is not the place to go. They are more expensive than on for example Amazon, and for my courses this semester they either did not have the books at all or they were out of stock. Also, check-out is really slow, I waited almost 20 minutes today while there were only 2 people in front of me. The apparel they have is pretty cool though and mostly reasonably priced.

Jabrail Smith: They were sooo helpful. Actually stopped her going to CVS. They very sweet.

Kris Brodeur: Never order your books through the bookstore. It is slower than advertised and very unreliable. One of my books said it was ready for pick-up, but then they were unable to find it when I went in four separate times over the course of three weeks. On my fourth visit, the manager I spoke to just told me "Go get your refund and order them somewhere else, they're never coming in." I would not mind if I had been told earlier, but we are now starting the third week of classes and I am just now being told that I need to re-order them. This means I'll be 3-4 weeks late getting my books, just because the bookstore lost/can't find my books and decided not to share that until my fourth trip there. Save yourself the time and hassle and just order through Amazon or buy them from another student.

Jeremy Lichliter: It’s not the easiest place to find. Once you get there though, you can buy anything GW that you could want. Be sure to check out the clearance racks because there are often some really nice shirts for pretty cheap prices. The staff is always friendly and willing to help out in anyway they can.

Sri Pabbathi: Always love the choice of merchandise. Havent been here in a few years but it is always fun to browse around and pick up some fine gw merchandise. When i was a student here I couldnt afford anything except for some items in the sale rack. But now I go there every few years and buy hats, t shirts and some trinkets for kids.

Mike Fischer: Bookstore didn't bother to tell anyone that textbooks will now only be available online. Left work early and ran across town to get my books and was given this information. No email, no announcement on the website. They also close early and the hours are incredibly inconvenient. Pretty saddened by the quality of this store.

11. One More Page Books

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One More Page Books
Prices
4.8
Product Quality
4.9
Services
4.8
Customer service
4.8
Product Variety
4.8

Address: 2200 N Westmoreland St, Arlington, VA 22213

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 300-9746

Guy: Book store


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Teresa Mcgervey: I'll be shameless- this is my sister's bookstore. She and her amazing staff were able to adapt quickly during the pandemic. They are open again and ready to take of you and all of your reading (and chocolate and wine) needs.

Derek Reinhard: Small, locally-owned bookstore with some flair. Very helpful, engaging staff as eclectic as the inventory. Nice touch selling wine, beer and fair trade chocolate, and having brief, "staff pick" descriptions stuck to some books.

Sarah Stubbs: This place is my go-to. The staff is always friendly and helpful, they have an amazing selection, and they even have a great website where you can order books in advance.

Jason Rodriguez: Big fan of this local bookstore. Friendly, courteous staff that gives great recommendations.

Cassie Hurley: The staff suggestions here are fantastic and they have tons of great author events. Street parking out front and free garage parking in back.

Bradford Baldwin: The best independent book shop in Falls Church and beyond. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. This is the place to buy your books!

James Rambo: I stopped by One More Page yesterday to pick up a birthday gift for a friend who is an avid reader. I knew that my friend liked Regency-era romance and literature and Abraham Lincoln. Not only were both employees AND a customer (that I learned was the parent of one of the employees) super-helpful and found exactly what I needed but one of them handed me a LINCOLN ROMANCE NOVEL. For real? That level of exacting efficiency is what you can expect from this shop. Go to One More Page.

Timothy Soong: A great place to find a book to read and some tasty treats to pair with it. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, Rebecca helped me find some fun sci-fi and fantasy books that were just amazing recommendations.

Diane Vogel: Great locally-owned bookstore with a smart sensibility and fun extras like chocolate, wine and reader-oriented gifts. (Fun example - matchbook covers mimicking classic literature.) Sadly they're still closed to walk-in traffic (🤞 hopefully that will change soon 🤞). For now, online ordering is easy and pick up with SD guidelines is prompt & efficient. And remember - - anything you want, whether in stock or not - - can quickly be ordered & in your hands. Don't be fooled by so-called 'convenience' of Amazon or Costco at the expense of our unique local community of booksellers. Pre-pandemic they had a terrific schedule of author talks & were one of my favorite places to browse and stumble on unknown gems. ☀️ SUPPORT INDIE BOOKSTORES! ☀️

Hannah Jordan: This little gem of a bookstore has responded thoughtfully and creatively to covid. Their website is easy to navigate and curbside pickup is safe and well-organized. They organize virtual book clubs as well. Please support this Falls Church and Arlington local bookstore that has supported our community in so many ways through the years--promoting authors, reading and literacy, as well as supporting many local nonprofits.

12. MahoganyBooks

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219 reviews
MahoganyBooks
Prices
4.5
Product Quality
4.5
Services
4.6
Customer service
4.5
Product Variety
4.5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: (202) 844-2062

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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.

13. Friends of the Library Bookstore

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231 reviews
Friends of the Library Bookstore
Prices
4.7
Product Quality
4.6
Services
4.6
Customer service
4.6
Product Variety
4.6

Address: 4886 Boiling Brook Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20852

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: (301) 984-3300

Guy: Used book store


Review: "Love secondhand book stores."

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Ahamed Iqbal: Great place to find books of all types at great prices. They do a great job organizing but part of the fun is looking through the random bins of unsorted books. They also have DVD, blu ray, records, magazines, comics and board games as well.

Matthew Moffett: Well organized used bookstore with proceeds supporting the local library system. They have a large variety for adults and kids and the staff were helpful.

Mitishi: Soo many books! Excellent prices. I found a new book that was still in the plastic wrap! Most things are usually gently used, but you can find so many treasures here. So many cds, records, text books, board games.. you name it. A book lover's DREAM. The staff are kind and helpful.

james scott sumter: A go to book-music-games store of used and useful items at very reasonable prices. It is hard to leave without something of good value in one's hand.

Halie Krieger: Amazing place to grab some reads for your bookshelf! There is so much to choose from in a small store. I picked up six books my first time. Some of the books are extremely new, some a bit older, but all great nonetheless. Prices are very affordable.

skiesareforflying: This place is really top notch. I didn't realize until after a $50 purchase of STACKS of books and CDs (really, we got so many items) that proceeds get donated to local libraries. So now we definitely have to come back. There are so many gems to be found here that you're sure to have a good time even just looking through their inventory.

Christina Reif: Great selection of used books. I got bags of books for mostly $1 or $2 for each book. It does take some time to go through their inventory (especially after covid and everyone has donated), but it is well worth the effort! I will be coming back again for sure!

Margaret Smith: I was there last week for the first time. They have tons and tons of books and a few jigsaw puzzles. Staff were helpful and friendly. My only issue is safety, the aisles are blocked with books and book bins,. Several obstruction hazards which can cause customers and employees to trip and get hurt. Also in an emergency there appears to be only one way out and that is the way in. A wonderful bookstore but enter at your own risk.
Response: Hi Ms. Smith, We wanted to let you know that there are, in fact, 4 emergency exits in the bookstore, all clearly marked with red "EXIT" signs. 2 at the front of the building and 2 in the rear of the building. We'd be happy to point these out to you on your next visit. We do have many book bins to accommodate donations, however they are on wheels and easily movable. We work continually to make sure aisles are clear. If you encounter any obstructions and need assistance please notify our staff at the sales counter immediately. Thank you for the kind words and we look forward to your future visits. Best, Lance FOLMC

Jarred Fourie: Love this book store, I always find something great when I go there

Jacob Goldberg: Great selection and constantly getting new supply. Very well organized

14. Big Planet Comics

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156 reviews
Big Planet Comics
Prices
4.4
Product Quality
4.5
Services
4.4
Customer service
4.4
Product Variety
4.4

Address: 1520 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 342-1961

Guy: Comic book store


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Ian Grossberg: Wonderful comic shop with such a wide selection in such a small space. And apparently Big Planet does their own publishing!

Frank Chatterton: Nice, small, actually smaller than I expected but nice selection particularly for indy and local books. Not really worth the trip out there if you are an out of towner... like myself but the walk there from metro service is nice and the store is well kept, clean, organized and well stocked with a nicely curated selection of books. (I do not mean nice in a mean way its more like a cute hipster version of a classic comic shop)

Marissa: Great place to get comics, they have some good manga too!

Leo Lancaster: great selection atmosphere! The woman running the shop was very kind and knowledgeable.

Howard Smith: Big Planet Comics on U Street is amazing. They have a large selection of comics, trade paperbacks, and more to choose from. They also have variant covers of various comics that might interest you. This establishment is also for both new and regular comic fans alike.

Kristian Kapler: If you're looking for trades, you may find what you need. Recent issues are fine as well, but there are NO back issues or any kind of memorabilia. So if you live in the DC area and wanna keep up with the latest Alien comics by Marvel I think you'll be ok.

Nicholas Moy: Best spot in the city hands-down. Love the local zine rack, their community focused events and helpful staff. This is NOT the straight-white-man hellscape of comic shop cliche - its apparent they work hard to find content for all audiences. The spot is small but they can order whatever you need!

Terri A: Great selection. I found a number of graphic novels that I have been looking around for, as well as being introduced to several new titles. The comics are shelved by genre, which is really helpful. I was particularly impressed by their Graphic Medecine selection, as those can be hard to find. You can also flip through a rack of comic zines. The store is up a steep flight of stairs and definitely not wheelchair accessible.

Kevin Duy: i bought two comic books for 8 bucks! one was crisis on infinite earths and the other was avengers reunited. good energy for comic book fans.

Jonathan Brier (wolfgang8741): A very small comic shop, but contains a fantastic variety in the available space. It is purely a comic and graphic novel shop, if you're looking for a selection of collectables, board games, an other entertainment gifts found at larger comic book shops this is not the location for you. The shop is a mere two rooms in what appears to be a converted row house that contains other businesses as well. There are fairly steep stairs for entry into the building.

15. The Potter's House

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The Potter's House
Prices
4.5
Product Quality
4.5
Services
4.6
Customer service
4.5
Product Variety
4.5

Address: 1658 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

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

16. Sankofa Video Books & Café

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Sankofa Video Books & Café
Prices
4.8
Product Quality
4.7
Services
4.7
Customer service
4.7
Product Variety
4.7

Address: 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

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.

17. Fantom Comics

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398 reviews
Fantom Comics
Prices
4.5
Product Quality
4.6
Services
4.5
Customer service
4.5
Product Variety
4.5

Address: 2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 241-6498

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James Bacon: Nice shop with a great selection of current comics and graphic novels. Some nice displays and thoughtful art on the walls. Not a back issue store, per se, they had recent issues, and a solar box, but ample to enjoy and find, excellent selection for kids. Friendly staff for sure.

Andy Benavente: Awesome shop! Great selection of graphic novels and current comics! The young woman behind the counter was very helpful and provided some great recommendations from the writer of the book I picked up. Would highly recommend to stop in and check out!

Paul Scarborough: Polite and quiet staff offered help that much I can say. 1st and last visit I shall do however, no stock of anything. Find it amazing a comic shop has only 3 issues of something so common and popular a character as Spider-Man. I’d describe this more as an indie comic book shop carrying more less popular characters. Hardly any backstock and the stuff they did have was shoved in a box and damaged without bags and borders

Luis Pantoja: Great comic book store with friendly and knowledgeable staff. I have always had a positive experience when visiting this shop. I highly recommend it!

Kevin Xu: Great selection of mainstream and emerging comic artists, with a wide variety of genres. I personally got a copy of Djelia by Juni Ba, something you can't get from a Barnes and Noble or Books a million, atleast in the NOVA area Staff are super helpful in trying to find what you're looking for, and the hallway always smells like fresh bread thanks the Subway nearby

Michael Kellar: Awesome little comic shop. Friendly staff, comfortable environment to look around, read a comic, and explore. If you’re in the area and looking for a space to check out some of the more recent interesting comics, definitely a good spot to check out.

J Foodgeek: Good selection, but mainly I'm rating it well because the two kids working there today were super nice and willing to talk about anime. Today was the first time I went there. They even have a few board games. Also, there are sometimes some freebies on the left when you walk in, like I saw a movie poster once, a marvel calendar once, and they usually have den of geek magazines out.
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Kamal C: @Fantomcomics in #washingtondc #dupontcircle is most definitely a place you would want to visit bo matter if you are a DC native or just visiting. Fantom Comics is among my favorites of all places to spend a little time, some things that makes this place cool is the chill layout,the little knickknacks,collectables,pins,snacks and more... even if you dont collect comics this place has something for everyone.😎👍🏻 "" Hey everyone this is kamal and I like to do reviews in my spare time from work and if you enjoy any of my post please like with a thumbs up and follow me on here on Google Maps or Instagram @chefkamalc Thanks and stay safe 🙏 mask up 😷
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R KM: Great spot. Nice selection and “subscription” service. Check the bargain boxes for scores (some at only $1)

Jonathan Mckay: Lovely little comic book store with a fun rating system for new releases, staff picks, events and custom grab bags

18. Barnes & Noble

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Barnes & Noble
Prices
4.4
Product Quality
4.4
Services
4.5
Customer service
4.4
Product Variety
4.4

Address: 6260 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA 22044

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 536-0774

Guy: Book store


Review: "Decent selections of textbooks and books, needed some more music selection"

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Mirabella Dawn: love this book stores it's great especially the customer service! The people working are always so kind and very helpful and just nice good people! They have a variety of options of books and stationary and music products!

Thomas Bennett: My girls and I love coming here! It’s a weekend ritual for us and we enjoy every second of it. Love that they have Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh. and Magic available along with a nice selection of manga, anime and it’s great to browse as you enjoy your Starbucks. Staff is super friendly and they are always so helpful. Please keep carrying Funko Pops! I love a new selection to look at and buy when we go in. A great place for any Arlington Resident who wants to enjoy a peaceful morning!

S. Edward Tj Gerety III MBA: The store was dirty and when asking for help my daughter was ignored.These people do not love books nor are they interested in getting others to love them.

Eric Santure: Staff was friendly and store was extremely clean. Starbucks is attached to the store, right by the checkout.

K Poper: I found a lot more people lining up for coffee than at cash registers, a lot more people in the cafe than the book display area. The coffee aroma was so tempting, after perfunctory review of books, I found myself drawn to the cafe. But discouraged by the long line, I turned to the exit. Walking out, I thought it would be more profitable to make it a big cafe.

Antonio Torrico: I love it! They have a summer reading for grades 1st - 6th and they have story time. And for the parents who need that delicious coffee... Starbucks is connected! It is the best book store , so go.. now! Seriously, GO!!

Sanjana Rg: My favorite local Barnes and Noble. Kind staff, decent selection, and you can browse in peace.

Patrick Jones: They damaged my book with the rubber band that they had wrapped around it and unfortunately it was the only copy of a severely out of print series. I had to take a loss on it when the customer came to pick it up . Disappointed, especially since i drove 2hrs to pick it up.

Alba Murillo: Super clean and organized store. The staff was super helpful and friendly. They offered to ship my books to me so I wouldn't have to take them on the plane with me, as I was visiting some family.

bellaestrella1: Barnes & Noble is always fun for my daughter and I. We can spend hours there and not realize it until someone calls us or we look up and notice its dark out. I'm particularly happy that she purchased some books so she can give her brain a break from electronics... Always great customer service at this store.

19. Unique

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Unique
Prices
4.1
Product Quality
4
Services
4
Customer service
4
Product Variety
4

Address: 12211 Veirs Mill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 9PM ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 962-0600

Guy: Thrift store


Review: "Lots of second hand items."

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Abi Maghamfar: A place to donate unwanted items and buy used items from furniture to toys to kitchenware, clothes, shoes, books, DVDs, etc at reasonable prices. If you buying toys, puzzles and games or anything that have multiple pieces, makes sure all pieces are there as this has been one of the disappointing aspects of buying stuff here. The other disappointment is the lack of organization and cleanliness of the facility. Love the idea of recycling and reusing rather than sending them to the wasteland and Unique provides that opportunity.

Alice L.: Unique Thrift is a for-profit enterprise owned by Savers, which is owned by a private equity firm in the Seattle area. It is NOT a charity shop and does not donate its profits to charity. Their website clearly states: "Shopping in our stores does not support any non-profit." The company says it purchases donated items from some local non-profits; however, it does not release details on these buying deals. The company is large and owns many thrift stores around the country. I mention this because there are true charity shops in the area--including Goodwill, Urban Thrift, Salvation Army, church shops, etc.--that are actually charities and donate their profits to charity. Some of the real charity shops are even run by volunteers working for no pay in order to help the cause. A lot of people seem to think Unique is a charity and the attorney general in Minnesota has in the past accused this company of misrepresenting how much it gives to charity. So if you have lovely and near-new items to donate, I highly suggest donating them to authentic charity shops. I frequently shop the charity shops, but I also shop at Unique. Unique Thrift is still a worthwhile place to shop and I have found many nice items for good prices. It is pretty well managed and prices are marked clearly. The merchandise is generally clean and not damaged, although you have to examine your items carefully. There are 7-day exchanges but only for clothing and shoes. Be very careful buying anything else that might have defects, such as luggage, electronics, furniture, etc. Some items do have hidden damage so you have to look carefully. There are discounts here on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only so those days tend to be crowded.

JJ Edwards: Its a huge thrift store, as afar as I know and for so many thrift store I had visited this is my favorite one. They have huge selection of clothes, shoes, toys, books, furniture, kitchen ware and many more. Worth to check out!

Sara O'Brien: I have been going to this place for years and always felt welcome, but today was the worst experience of my life. We were in line for self checkout, when I saw that register 18 was open, as I proceeded with my daughter to the register the woman that was in charged of self checkout named Charika told us, "come here because I cannot see what you ring there." We walked to the register that she told us and as I scanned this woman stands there staring at us scan each item. I was already getting upset because she was staring at us scan as if we were the only customers there or as if we were thieves. After scanning 7 items this woman proceeds to approach my bag and count the items that I had placed inside the bag to make sure it matched the amount of items on the screen. I felt that we were being treated as thieves. I got so upset, I asked for the manager, but she said no one was available, so I took a picture of her ID card. This woman stood staring at our register until we finished ringing every item as if we were thieves. People go to the thrift store for many reasons, but in no moment should they be harassed by anyone. This store needs to train its employees to be courteous and not target people

li garcia: Good thrift store. Nice selections of everything. All staff and personnel are nice and friendly except for the old lady at the register. Very mean ! Unfriendly! And the voice specially when she’s on the speaker. She’s always mad and unhappy person. I’m sure I’m not the only one noticing it!

Par and: It was my worst horrible thrifting experience ever. This Women Charika was extremely rude, and treated people as if they are thieves, it was traumatizing to see her digging into ppl's card at checkout and checking every single items aggressively. This store will go out of business soon, because of this women "Chaika", who enjoys harassing customers. Not to mention the store was extremely dirty, and messy.

Cynethea: This is a big store. They have household items, furniture, bedding, books, toys and more. I always leave there loaded up with great finds. It has a huge clothing section. I always find some of the best sweaters and tops. It's a great place to shop especially if you have limited funds. Tuesday is discount day. Check out lines move quickly. Team members are very pleasant.

That Brunette: High volume thrift store. Very busy with customers every day of the week. The turnover of stuff is high so, if you see something you like grab it. I've seen collectors and resellers in this store. Lots of kids playing in the toy section while the parents shop.

Ariel S.B.: My favorite thrift store! Yeah, some of the prices are just a little bit higher than your average goodwill, but the quality of items is so much better. I’ve seen brand new items from designer stores, sometimes with the tags still on them. Stuff is actually trendy and cute and not dated. They have clothes in every size, the selection is huge! Definitely visit if you’re looking to revamp your wardrobe.

Pr Katz: Love this place! Having a party? Get all the great Pyrex and serveware you need - have awesome BoHo mismatched fine china place settings, accessorize with cheap stuff from the craft store and outlet stores, and you've got a magazine worthy party photo at a price you can afford. Best of all? After the party, I box it up and redonate it back to the Great Stuff Stream (thrift store) for the next person. No new manufacturing, no waste, no piles of seldom used party supplies cluttering up the house. Perfect 👌🏼 Update: the masks are getting OLD! Self check out. Not shopping or donating here again.

20. Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store

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Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store
Prices
3.8
Product Quality
3.9
Services
3.8
Customer service
3.8
Product Variety
3.8

Address: 2200 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 715-2658

Guy: Thrift store


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Reanna Rousseau: I have to say very disrespectful management at this location. The staff was lovely and helpful but the short light skin women manager with the face piercings, with her mask underneath her nose gave me the worst experience I have ever had at goodwill. Her regional needs to have her replaced ASAP. You can’t make your own rules at your store that’s not in policy. You can get fired for things like that and she must be reported. This is a store where they take free items and mark them up for “Goodwill” to sell to the people in the community who can’t afford the regular priced items. If you are over pricing the item you are basically doing a disservice to the community.

Lea Sumlin: On. April 30. A beautiful morning. I decided to donate things, I don't need. My family and I went to the South Dakota location. When we got there, a light skin colored girl with glasses as the manager was VERY UNPROFESSIONAL We did not get a Good Morning. She WAS VERY UNPLEASANT with her Approach. "We're not open yet, did you hear me and we line up over here. I never opened my mouth but after her unprofessional way of speaking. I ask, " do you WORK here. "Am the manager". She is NOT MANAGER PROFESSIONAL. We left. I Googled Salvation Army on Kenilworth Ave. They were open and VERY PROFESSIONAL AS WELL. THANKS SALVATION ARMY. We were very happy when we got there and after we left.💯❤️❤️❤️.

Zh Ie: Purchased online from this location. The staff was amazing on checking the condition of the item after purchase, and as an added service on their end, they sent a few extra close-ups even after I had purchased, which was not necessary, but so appreciated that they thought to do that. Above and beyond service, and extremely customer-service oriented.

Andrew Patricio: Bizarre. Don't bother going here to donate anything except kitchen stuff or toys, (except baby toys they won't take). On the website it says they take clothes, furniture, etc and they used to but no longer for some reason. Any even toys they won't take anything "a baby can sit in". Ie no bounce toys, push bike etc. Wasted my time twice in a row. Never again. Just go down the road to salvation army or even better, the value village thrift store.

Kim Barr: I found some lovely things there the staff was very helpful and definitely check out the colors of the week sales. I was able to get a 15.99 suit for 3.99 because of the colors of the week sale.

Team World: Caĺled them numerous times over several weeks for pick up of lots of veey good clothes and furniture. I am leaving the country. They never called back.- couldnt be bothered apparently. SHAME on you, Goodwilll, aren't you supposed to serve the disenfranchised????

Janice Burrell: Called and asked if they accept books. The guy told me they did. When I got there the guy told me they were at their capacity for books. It was more like he didn't want to do the work to check them in. Every time I go there it is always a problem. They should tell you these things when you call. Since they don't I can only conclude that it's just a lazy employee. Extremely poor customer service.

solomon asefaw: I am writing this review to let Goodwill undermines its gools when it doesn't follow up its workers at the receiving and dropping gate of this location. Today at around 3:35pm when I came to donate, I was harassed by one Of the stuff at the gate. Goodwill should place professional stuff at the dropp of gate before it too late.

Franklin Owens III: I was there for clothing… but I can never pick out clothing in a thrift store, so I left with books. The store was well organized though. I tend to be a bit uncomfortable buying items out of thrift stores. I didn’t care much for the clothes. But there were other items in the home section were really nice. Everyone was nice in the thrift store. Even when I gathered a cart full of books and then realized I couldn’t use my clothing voucher on books😬😅

bluslushii: Been to multiple Goodwills, the staff was by far the most helpful and I honestly received the best customer service I did at any business. Definitely will be returning! Thank you so much ladies for being so kind and helpful!