Capitol Hill Books

657 C St. SE (btwn 6th St. SE & 7th St. SE)
Washington, DC 20003
11:30am - 6:00pm
11:30am - 6:00pm
11:30am - 6:00pm
11:30am - 6:00pm
11:30am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 6:00pm


  • This place oozes charm. From the oodles piles of paperbacks almost neatly lining the walls to the elderly cashier this place will not be soon forgotten. Your tab is also calculated by hand.
  • For a delightful surprise, be sure to open the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Densely packed with good stuff, if you can get past the curmudgeonly owner.
  • Floor to ceiling books. Quirky labels. Vintage everything else. This is a quintessential bookstore.
  • This place is as magical as harry potter's world -- can you find books you are looking for? Friendly staffs too
  • Worth a stop just to see the insanely tall piles of books and labels. A bit overwhelming, honestly.
  • Amazing books and tips from the owner. Fun for a day off.
  • Minimal organization, maximum snarkiness. I can't wait to come back to explore all the owners random comments peppered on the shelves. A chronic book reader's dream used bookstore.
  • Excellent titles and witty labels. Worth stopping in just to look. Truly an original bookshop
  • This is a place you have to see to believe. Books piled anywhere and everywhere. I especially love the quirky and clever labels (e.g. a pile on the floor labeled, "George Washington rests here").
  • Wonderful bookstore with plenty of charm. Smells like old books and glue with things in every nook and cranny. Has its own organization but might take a couple visits to appreciate it.
  • This place is a fire hazard. Books stacked to the ceiling, even in the bathrooms. But, there's a good selection, and sometimes, tequila from plastic bottles.
  • Smells good. Don't bring backpacks else you have to leave them at the front desk. Explore every room and floor.
  • Wall to wall to wall with books. The owner buys his merchandise from auctions... that sell dead people's stuff. Spooky. But neat.
  • Books, books, books, books.
  • So many books, so little time.
  • This is the best used bookstore in the District -- huge selection, good prices.

Nearby places

225 7th St SE (at North Carolina Ave. SE)
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE (at 7th St SE)
300 7th St SE (at C St SE)