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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Bookstore, Café, and Bar
Dupont Circle, Washington
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Men's Health Mag and Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
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  • Numuque
    "good selection of books, delicious cakes, friendly staff."(9 Tips)
    Melissa E.
    "Eat the Goober Pie after reading the latest new releases!"(7 Tips)
    Mikael W.
    "peach cobbler dessert and coffee w/booze"(4 Tips)
    Maria
    "soft shell crab sandwich with roasted corn"(4 Tips)
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  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonAugust 13, 2013
    My favorite bookstore! Great for classics, fun fiction, DC tour books and gifts. Bonus: neat bar/resto in back.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGMarch 23, 2014
    My favorite place to go in Dupont since the '90s. Great food and amazing desserts if you want some interesting people watching while getting a little something sweet.
  • David D.
    David DerrickAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Far and away my favorite cafe and book store in DC! Unique way of displaying books face up makes for enjoyable browsing. Delightful brunch in the outdoor seating area! Small bar is ideal for meet-ups.
  • Víctor S.
    Víctor SánchezNovember 12, 2012
    Great bookstore w/ great energy & a plethora of choices. If ur of the picky type (like me); have an idea of what ur looking for. Regardless, it's quite nice to dip into multiple worlds on a visit.
  • Racked
    RackedJanuary 24, 2014
    Feel like a part of the literati at Kramerbooks. There's always a buzz at this bookstore/cafe/restaurant, and the book selection is just as fascinating as the people-watching. [Racked 38 Member]
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresAugust 20, 2014
    The Sushi Tuna & Avocado Salad is fresh and delicious, made with: fresh sushi-grade tuna - pan-seared rare - soy, wasabi & honey vinaigrette fresh avocado - edamame - soba noodle salad.
  • Ghosts of DC
    Ghosts of DCJanuary 27, 2012
    Sit outside on a spring day with a couple friends and some beer. This is a great place for some people watching along 19th St. Check out our post on the history of the building. Read more
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostAugust 1, 2014
    The benefit it reaps from its bookstore relationship is that it's open late every day, and all night on Friday and Saturday. It also serves brunch on weekends. Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Mikael W.
    Mikael WagnerFebruary 17, 2014
    I went to this gem on our snow day on a Thursday and it was a delight. I had delicious mussels and a seared tuna carpaccio. Delicious. Best part cocktails by Molly--a people person gold star staff.❤️
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyJanuary 11, 2017
    Great selection of books at reasonable prices, with a lovely community-feel cafe. Try the waffles and bacon, and wander a bit to find something new to read. Location is convenient to bus and metro.
  • Mikael W.
    Mikael WagnerJanuary 26, 2014
    A very cool place to simply chill-lax. Best place to hang is in the bar area. The night I wS there it was jammed packed so we got a table and shared a peach cobbler dessert and coffee w/booze
  • dancingqueen f.
    Mondays hh $5 handcrafted martinis is top notch, historic institution of DC known for its chocolate & desserts-used to be 24/7 diner/bookstore now 24hr Fri-Sun-Dysfunctional Family Sundae is the Best!
  • Ali K.
    Ali KortayAugust 27, 2017
    Berry Pancake with Scrambled Egg and in addition baked potatoes.
  • Tony C.
    Tony CorreaAugust 18, 2016
    The Cuban sandwich was amazing and they had a great selection of beer. Nice place to go with a mixed younger crowd
  • Shirin J.
    Shirin JafariAugust 7, 2017
    Get the New Orleans Fettuccine!! It was one of the best pastas I've had! And you can never go wrong with their desserts!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HarkerAugust 25, 2012
    Saturday brunch is great... Good entrees. $3 Bloody Mary doesn't skimp on the vodka. Great coffee. Fun atmosphere. A little pricey for brunch but worth it!
  • Evan L.
    Evan L.August 11, 2013
    Found this on Urban Spoon at 2am on a Saturday. Best food ever. The butternut squash ravioli was probably the best thing I've had in my entire life.
  • Rachel O.
    Rachel OrrAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Couldn't say enough good things about this place. Cafe is fantastic for brunch and dinner. A bit pricey but totally worth it. The bookstore and are bar are open so late on the weekends!
  • Sasha T.
    Sasha TkachenkoNovember 10, 2016
    A perfect spot for breakfast/lunch. Good coffee (the Latte is huge), nice house sodas and great Red Velvet cake. Try Cuban sandwich!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love stopping in here to browse the books and to have a drink in the little bar area. They have a great selection of craft beers as well as liquor. This place is a gem.
  • Sara O.
    Sara OberdorfMay 5, 2013
    Slightly pricy, but HUGE portions, great food, friendly service. Way better than the cafe at DuPont Hotel across the street!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The front of Kramerbooks houses an array of current and classic literary titles and in the back the cafe serves food, wine, beer and dessert into the early hours of the morning. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Walter W.
    Walter WhitakerMay 27, 2014
    crab meat omelets were fantastic as was the bookstore. A friend who used to live near there and a cab driver both recommended and they were right! A must do in DC
  • Lauren
    LaurenAugust 17, 2012
    I adore Kramerbooks because whether I'm in need of a good book or a good slice of dessert, this bookstore provides! Their brunch is also yummy and well worth the wait.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauSeptember 5, 2011
    Well this is a unique place here selling all kinds of books along with a full service bar and restaurant. Definitely worth checking out just for the novelty. Fri/Sat open 24 hours as well.
  • Vijaya T.
    Vijaya ThakurOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Open 24hrs with live music on Fri and Sat! Also, one of my absolute fav bookstores in the world. Diverse selection. Grab a good read and a great beer, it'll be a beautiful day.
  • Lahaina Mae M.
    Lahaina Mae MondoñedoDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The butternut squash ravioli and cheesecakes are what I always come back for. Also, if you can get a table, try the brunch. You can't go wrong with the berry, berry pancakes!
  • Camille W.
    Camille WrightMarch 4, 2015
    The squash ravioli is yum - o - lishous. Great to go with kids because books store is attached to restaurant.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LucasJanuary 24, 2013
    Awesome bookstore and a nice cafe inside for some classy cafe food and drinks. Great place to spend a few hours to relax or just chat with old friends.
  • Jase P.
    Jase PMarch 20, 2015
    This bookstore is amazing. It's not spacious or has a lot of places to sit, but it's full of amazing books. Way better than the local B&N.
  • Richard E.
    Richard EfthimSeptember 21, 2015
    Brunch was wonderful. For a brie, spinach omelet which was delish. Reservations recommended to avoid long waits though browsing the bookstore is fun too
  • Dylan C.
    Dylan ChatterjeeMarch 17, 2013
    Good beer, great crowd, and attentive staff. I had the shrimp and grits, with andouille sausage, bacon, and creole seasoning, and I keep thinking about it.
  • Natalya
    NatalyaMay 5, 2013
    Cool place with super fast and friendly service. Try quinoa with yogurt and fruit. Soy milk available. Very cute old fashioned bookstore upfront.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsAugust 12, 2017
    This is a great spot to sit on the patio and have a drink if you're looking for something chill.
  • Mauricio M.
    Mauricio M.November 16, 2016
    Definitely one of my favorite places in DC. Great place to brunch, nice selection of beers (try the Hefeweizen) and good cakes.
  • Marissa E.
    Marissa E.June 21, 2011
    This bookstore has great, diverse selections of literature. Every time I leave this place I've got books jammed under both arms. This is definitely a go to bookstore in DC for literature lovers.
  • Aleksandra A.
    Aleksandra ArcipowskaAugust 12, 2017
    Absolutely amazing! Great selection of books (incl. art and architecture sections); nice atmosphere and a cozy cafe. I will be back soon!
  • Maria
    MariaJune 4, 2015
    Great books, great cafe! I had the soft shell crab sandwich with roasted corn and salad with pecans and crumbled blue cheese.
  • Skillshare
    SkillshareJanuary 30, 2012
    Recommended as a great spot to teach/learn in an informal setting by trusted locals! Added bonus: pull any book off the shelf to illustrate your point.
  • Hailey C.
    Hailey CaldwellJune 1, 2017
    Not the most spectacular breakfast in the world, but they make up for it with the amazing bookstore that will leave you wandering around for hours.
  • M B.
    M BJuly 4, 2017
    They go all in on the Chicken Pot Pie. Tons of chicken that falls apart, tender carrot and potato, and the pastry is killer by itself!
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 14, 2011
    Great independent bookstore with fantastic macaroni & cheese. Second floor provides for fantastic people watching.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SeeferAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place would be great with just the bookstore. But it also contains a cafe that serves up fabulous food and sweets. One of the best brunches in town!
  • Penn A.
    Penn AppetitSeptember 3, 2012
    A must-visit DC institution with brunch portions to contend with Philadelphia's beloved Sabrina's. Peruse the bookstore while you wait for your table.
  • Ezra M.
    Ezra MechAugust 12, 2014
    The bar is unexpectedly great, and a solid spot for a quick getaway. The book selection is always amazing. Skip the food menu.
  • Arpi T.
    The desserts are amazing! Try the salted caramel vanilla cake, it's incredible.
  • Janna H.
    Janna H.March 28, 2017
    A very cute bookstore. Really great breakfast everything the table had was great.
  • Cara
    CaraAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of THE best places in DC, be it for a great book, exquisite cocktail, delicious meal, or to meet a new friend.
  • Kate E.
    Kate ExpectationsNovember 23, 2015
    A bookstore AND delicious food? Just take my money! The fresh sushi tuna was gorgeous, not giant serves which was great.
  • Murad G.
    Murad GürmeriçJanuary 17, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    A very good bookstore, restaurant and cafe/bar combined and open until 1 AM every day! Heaven on earth!
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