Politics & Prose Bookstore

5015 Connecticut Ave NW (btwn Nebraska Ave & 36th St NW)
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
10:00am - 8:00pm



  • 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
  • Soup of the day is always vegan and always delicious.
  • 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
  • Expensive! But the discount book section by the cafe downstairs is a great selection and has cheap prices!
  • The hot chocolate here is perfect. And the discount book section is amazing.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Amazing book selection and ambiance, as well as wonderful events. I ment Rick Riordan here.
  • My favorite local book store, try the London Fog drink at the cafe instead of a regular latte
  • Monday mornings 10.30am kids storytelling, followed by coffee is a good morning
  • You can get our bagels here:)
  • The card selection is great and changes frequently so always fresh.
  • 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.
  • Great selection of books on every subject and genre.
  • The staffs knowledge and love of their books is the best around.
  • A treasure... Plan to stay a while...
  • Great coffee shop downstairs. Interesting selection of books throughout.
  • Number 1 bookstore in dC, with a cute cafe; ginger lemonade is my favourite choice!
  • They have ARCs that they give away regularly. Their author signing events are great!
  • Frequently rude cafe staff, noisy and uncomfortable.

Nearby places

5037 Connecticut Ave NW (at Nebraska Ave NW)
5035 Connecticut Ave NW (at Nebraska Ave NW)
5031 Connecticut Ave NW (at Nebraska Ave NW)