Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Bookstore, Café, Bar
1517 Connecticut Ave NW (at Q St NW)
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 387-1400
8:00am - 9:00pm
8:00am - 9:00pm
8:00am - 9:00pm
8:00am - 9:00pm
8:00am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 9:00pm



  • President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shoped at Kramerbook & Afterwords Cafe.
  • 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
  • Food for thought, and thoughtful food. No wonder this Dupont Circle institutions constantly crammed. If the waits for a table can be long well, its not like you couldnt find a book to read.
  • Go on a pieadventure. Any pie. Just eat pie.
  • Have brunch at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You have to stop here. Browse the books and buy some. Then go for lunch or dinner. It's a must-visit place.
  • the smoked Cubano is the best thing on the menu.
  • A DC destination...this independent bookseller has a well curated selection of books and a great cafe to boot.
  • 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.
  • Try the Goober Pie - Loved this PB Cup pie!!!
  • 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.
  • Good late-night spot. Quite expensive for the quality though. Get the lobster ravioli.
  • They "don't really have any" computer books. So much for top rated bookstore.
  • The best place in town to hang out with friends. I always find a book (or 2, or 3...) I love when I come here!
  • 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.
  • Eat the Goober Pie after reading the latest new releases!
  • 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.

Nearby places

1 DuPont Cir NW (at Connecticut Ave NW)
1501 Connecticut Ave NW
1909 Q St NW (at Connecticut Ave)