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Books and magazines

Politics & Prose

  • Critics choice

As you might guess, Politics & Prose carries a lot of both, plus a large section that is set aside for children and teenagers, and there’s a coffee shop downstairs too. The store is much more than just a thriving independent bookshop, it’s a much-loved institution

  1. 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Upper Northwest, (between Fessenden Street and Nebraska Avenue)
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Big Planet Comics

This purveyor of underground comics and graphic novels moved out of its Georgetown store in 2011 and set up shop on the U Street Corridor.

  1. 1520 U Street, NW, U Street Corridor, (15th & 16th Streets)
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  • Critics choice

Not just a bookshop, but an episode of Blind Date, Kramerbooks is an oft-used venue for a first assignation. First, meet in the bookshop, then repair to the attached café (Afterwords), which serves meals and snacks throughout the day. Possibilities of romance aside,

  1. 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Dupont Circle, (at Q Street)
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Capitol Hill Books

Two packed and dusty floors of second-hand books—fiction, mysteries, politics, cooking and more—plus rare and first editions. Navigate the maze of narrow aisles to browse shelves packed floor to ceiling with hardbacks and paperbacks.

  1. 657 C Street, SE, Capitol Hill, (7th Street)
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