District of Columbia

Kramers – Washington, D.C.

I mentioned in a previous blog that Politics and Prose might be considered a flagship bookstore in Washington, D.C., but when asking locals what stores to visit, Kramers was mentioned just as often. This landmark shop in the city’s Dupont Circle neighborhood boasts not only books but also a restaurant, bar and popular event space. 

The city’s oldest independent bookstore, Kramers opened its doors in 1976 as the first bookstore/café in the city with a “commitment to providing our patrons with access to the best books we can procure and to the most delicious, varied food we can produce.” 

That commitment has held true for nearly 50 years. The shop has ingrained itself into the neighborhood, offering a variety of events throughout the year and even local one-hour book delivery.

Inside the shop, I found an impressive collection of new titles on display, as well as the usual bookish merchandise, and quite a bit of activity between book browsers and restaurant visitors. 

While I didn’t try the food or bar, the menu boasts breakfast, lunch and dinner options – think upscale American fare – in addition to a full bar. 

Kramers is located at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Open daily.

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