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Politics & Prose Bookstore

Politics & Prose Bookstore

Bookstore, Coffee Shop, and Café
Chevy Chase, Washington
78 Tips and reviews
  • books
  • coffee
  • café
  • author readings
  • discounts
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  • Murad G.
    Heaven on earth for readers. Daily book readings and book signing occasions. Lots of signed books & huge selection of books. Downstairs discount section was amazing. Very well curated music section!
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyAugust 16, 2016
    Amazing selection of books! If you've run out of things to read, this is definitely the place to discover great books. Highly recommend the author events.
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimJanuary 6, 2014
    Not to be missed at the cafe: the homemade toast with jam. It's homemade and from Lyon bakery in D.C. It's literally the best I've ever tasted.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Politics & Prose caters to a well-read and politically savvy clientele. The cozy basement cafe serves coffee, drinks, sandwiches, salads and a vegan soup of the day. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderJune 14, 2016
    Always check the calendar for author readings. And if you go head out early. Not a lot of seats for popular authors. Lots of restaurants nearby to make it a day/night out.
  • Bayard B.
    Bayard BrewinApril 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    DC's best bookstore for bibliophiles. This is the shop you see so often on CSPAN Book TV. Awesome indie selection, great staff, curated book groups, very nice coffeehouse downstairs -- but not cheap.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    At twenty-five years old this is the grand dame of independent book stores in DC. Their selection is unmatched and the caliber of author readings beats any national chain. Read more
  • Dean S.
    Dean SuhrMay 1, 2014
    Great little coffee/tea and bookstore a few blocks north of UDC. Will probably make a stroll back her when the weather is nicer. Nothing modern and chain like here!
  • Amanda
    AmandaOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sale books are downstairs! They always have a great selection. If for some reason they don't have a book they'll order it for you. :-)
  •  Frank S.
    Nice, but Internet is cut off during lunch time which staff said is between 11am and 3pm. I guess this frees up tables for customers buying food and not just sipping and surfing. A bit inconvenient.
  • Lora N.
    Lora NunnOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place but was annoyed the cashier rang up my order for 2 books for a book event so that it cost me MORE than it would have if I had only purchased each book individually
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardJune 21, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Great author talks, but also great when not crowded and you can just sit and tap away on your laptop.
  • Giulia P.
    Giulia PratiJune 23, 2015
    My favorite local book store, try the London Fog drink at the cafe instead of a regular latte
  • Tyler R.
    Tyler RoseAugust 4, 2013
    Such an amazing book store in DC- you must go there while in town if you haven't been before!
  • Angela
    AngelaAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely love this bookstore, and they are always hosting interesting talks. The coffee is pretty decent too.
  • afrofuturistscholar
    afrofuturistscholarJune 25, 2011
    Order the Peppermint Tea and you'll get a huge cup of hot, tasty tea. Very good for an early morning walk and read!
  • Robinson C.
    Robinson CookAugust 14, 2016
    Amazing book selection and ambiance, as well as wonderful events. I ment Rick Riordan here.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Not only is the children's section well-stocked but every spring the bookstore raises caterpillars into butterflies that the young readers help release. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Aleksandra A.
    Number 1 bookstore in dC, with a cute cafe; ginger lemonade is my favourite choice!
  • Jazmin V.
    Jazmin VitulloNovember 27, 2015
    There food is good but I'm usually there for the prize. The books!!! They always have a new book I discover.
  • Sunjay K.
    Sunjay K.May 20
    They have ARCs that they give away regularly. Their author signing events are great!
  • Laurenellen M.
    Laurenellen McCannFebruary 16, 2013
    Soup of the day is always vegan and always delicious.
  • Aurora d.
    Aurora de PeraltaMarch 30, 2015
    The staff are all GREAT curators--definitely browse the staff picks!
  • Diana M.
    Diana MetzgerOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Go downstairs to the room across from the children's section--best discount book selection ever!
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMay 25, 2015
    Cute café in the back to enjoy your newly purchased book! Super adorable!
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 5, 2015
    Cute cafe in the back to read the books you just bought! Love it!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Donald Antrim on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new collection of short stories, The Emerald Light in the Air.
  • Blake S.
    Blake StilwellJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pricey! But the discount section is a great one. Great titles in hard cover for between 8 and 10 dollars.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AntelmanDecember 31, 2010
    Expensive! But the discount book section by the cafe downstairs is a great selection and has cheap prices!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BatesOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The hot chocolate here is perfect. And the discount book section is amazing.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BellFebruary 23, 2010
    Fantastic in-depth graphic novel section and love sneaking downstairs to kids' section to hide in kid cave and read YA literature. Also best author readings in town. Read more
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonAugust 24, 2014
    Perhaps the most literary bookstore in DC. Something has clearly changed here.
  • Alex
    AlexAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite bookstore on the planet. Great lectures and awesome neighborhood.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CJuly 27, 2013
    Why won't they rent me space for an apartment? I don't need much room. One of the discount rooms will do, or the alcove where the travel books are. I won't bother the customers. I'll just be reading.
  • Georgetown Bagelry
    Georgetown BagelryAugust 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Polly's homemade graham's w/tea or coffee are especial thing in the coffee shop. Not easy to find around DC....
  • Silvia
    SilviaMarch 10, 2013
    enjoy a cup of coffee at the cafe downstairs and take your eyes off the clock for a bit.
  • Geoff W.
    Geoff WilsonApril 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Independent bookstore, and the best cup of coffee in the district to boot!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxDecember 19, 2012
    Meet Sam Lipsyte on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new collection of stories, The Fun Parts. Read more
  • Ken S.
    Ken SandsNovember 23, 2009
    A great local bookstore, with lots of interesting readings/book signings. Nice coffee shop in lower level. Read more
  • Xuan V.
    Xuan VladimiyevichDecember 21, 2013
    Great books and great tea.
  • Melvin
    MelvinApril 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Good latte and chocolate chip scone.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WebbAugust 12, 2014
    The events and staff are always fantastic!
  • Hilary T.
    Hilary TomenyMay 30, 2015
    Wish I lived closer, check out their evening author series
  • Anneliese
    AnnelieseJune 25, 2016
    Don't forget about Open Mic in the morning Friday nights!
  • Miles F.
    Miles FawcettApril 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing open face sandwitches
  • Kim D.
    Kim DixsonMay 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    There's something special about the iced coffee. Try it!
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole ValentineAugust 26, 2013
    Excellent children's section.
  • Iz W.
    Iz WAugust 28, 2015
    Lots of options for all ages
  • Eric F.
    Eric F.January 21, 2013
    Monday mornings 10.30am kids storytelling, followed by coffee is a good morning
  • Miles F.
    Miles FawcettMay 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    New coffeehouse is best in upper NW
  • Ben H.
    Ben HundleyMay 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Eggplant open-face sandwich
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJanuary 22, 2013
    Meet David Helvarg on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book The Golden Shore. Read more
  • O'Geetsie
    O'GeetsieFebruary 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The card selection is great and changes frequently so always fresh.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HundleyJanuary 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Books and music and cafe.
  • Nelson J.
    Nelson JacobsenJanuary 26, 2012
    The staff seems dazed by me asking where a book is in the store. I'm sorry I didn't know I was bothering them.
  • Terry L.
    Terry LeachJanuary 7, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    It's a neighborhood cafe, with good soup. The coffee is ok.
  • Aaron
    AaronOctober 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Charge up your laptop before you get to the cafe, as they've covered most of the power outlets.
  • ❀mihoko❀
    ❀mihoko❀February 21, 2013
    If you are looking for "stimulations" ...YES :)
  • Terry L.
    Terry LeachMay 29, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Good food and atmosphere
  • Fletcher
    FletcherJune 11, 2015
    Browsing and check out the book printer !
  • Terena B.
    Terena BellOctober 15, 2011
    Found out the sandwiches in the cafe are NOT made fresh to order. :(
  • Rebecca D.
    Rebecca DavisFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The cafe opens at 8am - worth stopping by - ice coffee is especially good!
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Pop in for weekly storytime on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Powered by
  • Michael P.
    Michael PollackOctober 18, 2012
    It's time to vote MTV #FantasyElection
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SouthallFebruary 2, 2014
    Trivia night. That is all.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GetmanFebruary 12, 2010
    I listened to Jasper Fforde read from Shades of Grey and talk about chromogenics and the future of the planet! Read more
  • Angela
    AngelaMarch 19, 2014
    Very Literary
  • Rafik R.
    Rafik RFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing events everyday!
  • Jackie J.
    Jackie JOctober 31, 2010
    Great bkstr for the kiddies! Love love.
  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GunawanMarch 29, 2014
    What a strange place to hang.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PhillipsJuly 3, 2012
    Do not move their chairs. It pisses them off.
  • Georgetown Bagelry
    Georgetown BagelryJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    You can get our bagels here:)
  • Gary G.
    Gary GentileNovember 12, 2009
    Great bookstore. My favorite in DC so far.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TeSeptember 10, 2016
    Frequently rude cafe staff, noisy and uncomfortable.
  • George M.
    George McCabeMay 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Have a double machiatto with a jelly donut.
  • George M.
    George McCabeMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Talking on the celphone is not permitted in the cafe.
  • Blank B.
    Blank BlankJanuary 29, 2010
    Good independent bookstore, but a little overrated.
  • Leigh H.
    Leigh HartmanJune 5, 2010
    Avoid the diet cane soda like the plague.
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