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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in
Washington D.C.

The best list of independent Washington D.C. bookstores

 

  • City Title Washington D.C.
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  • Address 1 1735 New York Ave. NW
  • Phone (202) 626-7475
  • Type New books
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Led by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Store offers an architect-first collection of books, accessories, stationary, design items, toys, and more. [Store photo by Nancy Bratton]

Bridge Street Books has been independently owned and operated since 1980. We sell new books and specialize in the Humanities, though we carry books on all subjects.

We have fiction books in the fiction room (hard cover & paperbacks), mystery books in the Mystery Room, foreign language books in the bathroom, cookbooks in the kitchen on the kitchen sink, business books with the lawyers in the Business Closet, cultural biographies in the Cultural Closet, and a Weird Section for those who like witches, dreams, and things that go bump in the night. We also have books on history, philosophy, travel, Washington DC, theology, psychology, politics (of course), games, art and more.

  • Address 1 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Ste 100
  • Phone (202) 290-1636
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

East City Bookshop is an independent bookstore on Capitol Hill in Southeast Washington, DC at Eastern Market Metro.

  • Address 1 2467 18th St. NW
  • Phone (202) 232-4774
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Idle Time Books has been in operation since 1981. We have over 50,000 quality used, recent and out-of-print books, as well as greeting cards, newspapers, records and CDs.

Kramers is a DC institution located in the heart of Dupont Circle. The carefully curated bookstore is adjoined by a cozy bar & glass-enclosed restaurant/cafe in the back. Join us for regular author events and storytimes.

An excellent source of used and rare books since 1977.The Lantern's mission continues to be the funding of education for bright young women. Our inventory consists entirely of donated materials.
  • Address 1 1231 Good Hope Rd., SE
  • Phone (202) 844-2062
  • Type New books
  • Specialty African American

MahoganyBooks is an award winning, New York Times reporting bookstore that sells books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora

Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted...a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.

Politics and Prose comes to D.C.’s premier waterfront destination. Located in The Wharf's District Square and surrounded by a great assortment of retail, restaurant, and cultural offerings, our new location brings a steady lineup of author events.

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  • Address 1 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
  • Phone (202) 364-1919
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Politics & Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.’s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics & Prose offers superior service, unique book choices, regular events, and a haven for book lovers in store and online.

  • Address 1 1900 G St. NW
  • Phone (202) 223-3327
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Small independent bookstore in DC that specializes in scientific and professional books for everyone.

A cozy neighborhood bookstore located only four blocks from the Capitol building. We buy and sell unusual treasures every day.

In addition to our cafe, we offer classic books from the pillars of black culture and history, as well as new releases in culture, history, sociology, biography, and fiction. We stock the largest collection of children's black literature in the DC area.

Second Story Books sells used, unique, rare & antiquarian books, art, antiques, posters, CDs, DVDs, old maps & graphics. From 50-cent paperbacks to collectible first editions of literary classics, we have something for everyone. 

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  • Address 1 600 H St NE
  • Phone (202) 897-4201
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts

Solid State Books is DC's newest independent bookstore and cafe, currently in a pop-up shop next to our permanent home on H Street NE. We carry a diverse selection of books and gifts for adults and children, host dynamic programs and events, and will serve a selection of fine beer, wine, coffee, pastries, and snacks in our cafe. Solid State Books is a place for sharing ideas, discussing books, and meeting authors—a place where people go to make new discoveries and connections. We love collaborating with local businesses and organizations, and are so excited to be the H Street Corridor’s neighborhood bookstore.

An indie bookstore on Upshur Street in Washington, D.C. specializing in literary fiction and poetry, art books, local authors and children's books.

We provide a family friendly environment where people can attend culturally diverse events, participate in community centered programs, & buy/trade books.
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