Bookish Travel: Washington DC, DC, USA

Welcome back for another round of Bookish Travel, where this week we are off the Washington DC, to talk bookstores and much more. Next week we will continue with the East Coast with Boston, MA!

Politics and Prose

Where: 5015 Connecticut Avenue


I admit that I know of this bookstore after Obama and his family visited last year but this is a great indie bookstore with great events, open mic and even The Den which is a coffee and wine bar on the lower level of the store. It also has a great range instore and two more locations around DC are opening soon.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

Where: 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW


This is another indie bookstore/ cafe/bar in Connecticut Avenue. But from wine tasting to author events, this store has it all, it even has book clubs. They have a good selection of books or you can sport your support with a tote bag or a t-shirt.

The Lantern

Where: 3241 P St NW

The Lantern is a used and rare bookstore in Georgetown that also donates into a scholarship fund at Bryn Mawr College so you are doing good while shopping there. If you need some music to go along with readings, there is a selection of vinyls and CD’s as well as a wide range on offer from philosophy to children’s (from

Idle Time Books

Where: 2467 18th Street NW


Idle Time Books was founded in 1981 and has grown into a big collection of over 50,000 of used, rare and out-of-print books. Close to resturants, it is perfect for a post-dinner look and there is lots of things like newspapers, cards and more. (also see

And there’s more…

So DC is filled with bookish things. First of course is the Library of Congress and is the largest library in the world containing millions of recordings and articles so if you are around Independence Avenue, be sure to check it out. The Library of Congress also has the The Library of Congress Book Festival usually held in September (I saw this on Angie Thomas’ Instagram) and where you can catch lots of events and authors. You can also hop on to various websites like TripSavy or Culture Capital for more events. Some cool museums are The Smithsonian and National Archives 

That is all for now, if I’ve missed anything then do comment any stores or events happening in DC and I hope you’ll tune in next week where it is Boston’s turn.

Until next time,