Washington, DC is a great place for book lovers. Not only has it got lots of literary landmarks, but it also has a bounty of used and independent booksellers. For bookworms visiting the Nation’s Capital who want to get a literary fix, here are some of the best bookstores in Washington, DC.
The 7 Best Bookstores in Washington, DC
This cool and hip bookstore is located on H Street, near to Capitol Hill and Union Market. This independent bookstore and coffee bar has a deep and diverse selection of fiction and non-fiction books lining its shelves. There’s also a notable children’s book and young adult section. With its comfortable seating areas, this bookshop beckons you to pick up a book a stay a while.
Lost City Bookstore is located in Adams Morgan and has had a wonderful makeover. Prepare to spend hours here just browsing the 12 tons of its used, rare and new books on the shelves. Lost City Bookstore is a hub for community activities too and there is always some exciting event on the calendar. With such a great array of stock, this really is one bookstore where you can get lost in a good book and find a gem.
Founded in 1976, Kramers is an independent bookstore, restaurant, bar and event space. Located in Dupont Circle, this D.C institution has bookcases brimming with a large selection of books covering everything from history and politics to arts and philosophy. This bookstore stays open very late and is the perfect place to while away the hours listening to book readings, enjoying tastings and sipping cocktails and brews whilst browsing.
Located close to Eastern Market, this Capitol Hill mainstay has been open since 1991. It is a treasure trove for book lovers with used books from all genres crammed on its shelves. Each room houses a different collection of books – the Mystery Room, the Cultural Closet, the Weird Section – even the bathroom is overflowing with books! This is a great place to find books at bargain prices and there are even tubs of free books outside the building.
5. The Lantern
In the historic area of Georgetown, just off Wisconsin Street is The Lantern, a gem of a bookstore. Here, bookcases brim with used and rare books from nearly every genre going. There is also a marvellous music selection with CDs and vinyl for sale alongside sheet music from pop to classical and everything in between. All items are donated and the Lantern Bookshop raises money to help women attend Bryn Mawr College.
Easy City Bookshop is a wonderfully warm and welcoming independent bookstore on Capitol Hill just one block south of Eastern Market. The bookstore puts the community at its heart and is a real hub with lots of events taking place here. You can easily find books as the shop has a great layout and with well-organised shelves. But the helpful, friendly staff are always on hand to show you around if needs be or if you just want to chat about the latest book release. You can also buy toys, gifts, art supplies and bookish items, making this a one-stop-shop for all your reading needs.
Situated in the Dupont Circle neighbourhood, Second Story Books has a wide selection of used and rare books. In fact, Second Story Books is one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world and is regularly cited as one of the best bookshops in America. A true treasure trove for book lovers, the shelves are packed floor to ceiling with titles covering all genres. Be sure to pay a visit to the Rare Book Room for a browse and grab yourself a bargain at the regular sidewalk sales.