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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Bookstore, Café, and Bar
Dupont Circle, Washington
  • The experts at Washington Post and Michelin Travel & Lifestyle recommend this place
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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)
    "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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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]
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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
  • 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.❤️
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyJanuary 11
    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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Get the New Orleans Fettuccine!! It was one of the best pastas I've had! And you can never go wrong with their desserts!
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 4, 2015
    The squash ravioli is yum - o - lishous. Great to go with kids because books store is attached to restaurant.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aleksandra A.
    Absolutely amazing! Great selection of books (incl. art and architecture sections); nice atmosphere and a cozy cafe. I will be back soon!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hailey C.
    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
    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!
  • 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.
  • Ali K.
    Ali KortayAugust 27
    Berry Pancake with Scrambled Egg and in addition baked potatoes.
    Upvoted Aug 27
  • 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.
  • Caitlyn B.
    Caitlyn BatesJune 7, 2012
    The 'sushi' (really, sashimi with a side of rice, spinach, and avocado) was fantastic. Nice and light--great for a late dinner.
  • Janna H.
    Janna H.March 28
    A very cute bookstore. Really great breakfast everything the table had was great.
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    A very good bookstore, restaurant and cafe/bar combined and open until 1 AM every day! Heaven on earth!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 8, 2011
    Books and brews? Not a bad idea. The literate choice here is clearly a Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Leave the mango martinis to the Cliff's Notes types.
  • KelSo Beer Co.
    KelSo Beer Co.May 11, 2014
    The Bloody Mary is made with sriracha sauce. Tasty. Nice spice. No garnish, but the simplicity is nice on a lazy Sunday brunch.
  • 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.
  • Jess D.
    Jess DellenApril 23, 2010
    The butternut squash ravioli is delicious and they were playing the Best of Morrissey when I was there. Wonderful. Books and food are two of my favorite things in life and they both thrive here.
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherMay 11, 2015
    The quintessential independent bookstore, plus a cafe/bar where you can grab a nosh while surrounded by books!
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie ScholzSeptember 21, 2015
    Everything here is amazing. Books, a bar, a cafe. This place is the best of all my favorite worlds.
  • Bob N.
    Bob NiemicOctober 21, 2013
    I support, and buy from, bookstores & cafes like Kramerbooks & Afterwords because I want to do my part to keep them alive & well.
  • Eileen D.
    Eileen DaleyOctober 16, 2010
    The crab cakes are small but tasty and packed with meat. The mussels are soft and buttery. And the book selection is excellent. I wish I could read the whole store!
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 13, 2011
    A warm and welcoming DC instituition celebrating life and literature from 7:30 AM DAILY. It's a mainstay for the DC reader and a place to celebrate and enjoy the simplest of pleasures
  • Finella Jianna V.
    I love the energy here. People are the best. Let me correct that, people and books. Magical especially at night!
  • Deborah L.
    Deborah L.September 9, 2012
    love this place. good food, music, books, and drinks. can't go wrong with any of it! catfish fingers are delish!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJune 10, 2012
    A cosy, fun neighborhood spot perfect for browsing or relaxing over a casual lunch if you can get a spot that is!
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    A Washington institution. Don’t miss this unique bookstore and the delicious Afterwords café that resides here. Read more
  • Catherine W.
    Catherine WongJune 5, 2012
    The apple crumble pie was really good and the goat curry was awesome! I wish i hadn't eaten it all in one sitting.
  • Daisy L.
    Daisy LApril 2, 2012
    A bit pricey, but how many bookstore cafes serve seafood?! Desserts, 24 hour weekends and endless book browsing make this a Dupont favorite
  • Promethean F.
    Promethean FundraisingJanuary 20, 2014
    Rating: 1 / Venue is to small and almost always crowded. If you are looking for an atypical selection of books....stop by Kramerbooks....
  • Viaggiatrice
    ViaggiatriceApril 9, 2013
    One of the best curated bookstores I've been to. There's always a stack of books I want to buy.
  • ToriBird K.
    ToriBird KolodyMay 17, 2012
    The wild berry pie is orgasmic! Also the thai water wings.....holy crap! Delicious with the nectar nugget beer.
  • Katie S.
    Katie S.January 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You're committing a crime if you fail to get some form of dessert before leaving. Also try the crab cake pasta, because old bay spice + cream sauce = happiness
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaApril 12, 2010
    Browse all the political, literary and indie books of your dreams. Great world, biographical and historical sections - cool employees, great espresso and delicious food on the menu.
  • Ashraf A.
    Ashraf AliOctober 19, 2014
    Great Key Lime Pie. Peach Cobbler rocks. Ice cream is poorly sweetened. Avoid all Nutella product, dry and lifeless. Also Mocha Ice is mixed ice and mocha powder. Eh.
  • Rania
    RaniaAugust 13, 2014
    Live music, good choices of books & a bar all in one. Need something like this back home
    BROADSApril 29, 2013
    This might be one of the coziest bookstores on the planet, also a fun spot to grab a drink too!
  • Calla S.
    You have to sit down and try a meal. Fantastic. Very unique collection of books. Open super late!
  • Numuque
    NumuqueJune 23, 2015
    good selection of books, delicious cakes, friendly staff. one of the best spots in D.C.
  • Natalie
    NatalieJune 17, 2012
    Favorite place in D.C. Best breakfast (Brie, basil, & tomato omelette) and great bookstore & bar area.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsAugust 12
    This is a great spot to sit on the patio and have a drink if you're looking for something chill.
  • H I.
    H IJanuary 3, 2013
    Make a late-night stop, order a big piece of pie and enjoy live music Wednesday through Saturday nights.
  • Sam L.
    Sam LuDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    it's often busy for dinner, so come here after dinner for their amazing deserts. Peach Cobbler is a favourite
  • Shannon Y.
    Shannon YazurloFebruary 6, 2012
    An awesome place to spend a quiet afternoon or a good spot to buy gifts for friends and family.
  • Armie
    ArmieJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Monica Lewinski bought 'Leaves of Grass' with her credit card for President Clinton in this establishment. Having used plastic, the bookstore was subpoenaed by independent council, Kenneth Starr
  • Ernie C.
    Ernie CordellOctober 5, 2012
    I went into the original Kramerbooks & & when it first opened and asked "Booze&Books&Food -- what more do I need?" They displayed a message for a while, "If we had a shower, you'd never leave."
  • Mohan B.
    Mohan BergJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bookstore is standing room only, reasonably priced but can be crowded in the afternoons. Open late! (1am)
  • Ab
    AbJuly 5, 2015
    Creative selection attached to a lovely bookstore that easy to spend minute after minute in
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkSeptember 1, 2013
    You don't need a token for the bathroom anymore, which is rather disappointing. See if you can get your waiter to give you a handful of these now-obsolete classic Dupont keepsakes.
  • sam
    samNovember 1, 2014
    great alternative to a dive when you're out at 1 AM. delicious, good vibes, good books, really warm(?)
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceMay 24, 2013
    The carrot & ginger soup is wonderful. It packs a bit of a spicy kick though so beware.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SunJune 16, 2012
    Peach cobbler is amaaaaazing! Ask for a second floor table when it isn't crowded and people watch below :)
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShepherdNovember 26, 2012
    Seems most people come here when it's really busy, but if it's not, don't forget to get a token from your server to go to the restroom
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesJanuary 5, 2015
    Feel free to come here for dessert and drinks only. Just ask the hostess for expedited service.
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 14, 2011
    Great independent bookstore with fantastic macaroni & cheese. Second floor provides for fantastic people watching.
  • Serafettin B.
    Serafettin B.February 15
    You can read and eat. They have great cafe.
  • Maxine L.
    Maxine LevineApril 9, 2014
    Exactly what a bookstore should be. They have everything you want, and even more that you didn't know you wanted.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckJuly 10, 2015
    For breakfast, known for the crabcake Benedict. Sit outside in the back and people watch
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RouhierJuly 15, 2016
    Awesome bookstore. Slices of pie are huge. Beer selection is good.
  • Bobby
    BobbyJanuary 14
    Chicken pot pie with a cute presentation!
  • Chris A.
    Chris A.December 6, 2010
    Fantastic bookstore/cafe with a very unique selection. Food is on the expensive side -- 16 bucks for a burger, no fries included.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MarksDecember 7, 2014
    If you love books this is a great bookstore with a bar and restaurant!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel Stirba MoneypennyApril 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite hangouts; good happy hour specials and a nice neighborhood place to buy a book and then sit and read with a nice glass of wine. :)
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaJuly 24, 2016
    The fish tacos were great. That was the first corn tortilla that I really liked.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonApril 8, 2016
    The literature section is very carefully curated. Fiction fans will be pleased.
  • Rowan M.
    Rowan McDowellNovember 17, 2013
    Good espresso! And the desserts are the best.
  • Christian R.
    Christian R.June 22, 2016
    Großartiger Buchladen, vielfältige Auswahl; Café nebenan
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