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Bookstore
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“DC’s rep as a well-read city is plain to see at Kramerbooks, where voracious readers fill up on political studies essays, literature, novels and travel guides, before filling up on food from the open-late, on-site Afterwords cafe. Another reason to visit: the steady lineup of readings from local and renowned authors.”
  • 98 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Care for a side of socialism with that? Friendly service, leftist leanings and great food and drinks, where the activists gather to eat, subvert the system and plan the revolution. Monday Nights - Open Mic, Tuesday is Comedy Night! Several unique locations throughout DC area, but this one is five minutes away. Owned by rabid social entrepreneur and someday mayor of Washington, DC, Andy Shalal, who says Busboys 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."”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bookstore
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“Historic DC bookstore with book talks and programming every day! The Den is a cafe downstairs. Truly amazing independent neighborhood bookstore! One half mile walk, bike or ride!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bookstore
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  • 1 local recommends
Furniture / Home Store
“Great place for gifts and trinkets of all sorts. From socks to jewelry to kids toys perfect place for anything.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bookstore
“This is a must! The store has been in business since the early 80's. They have about 50,000 quality used, recent and out-of-print books, as well as greeting cards, newspapers, records and CDs. The store has three floors of books, and comfortable chairs. A member of the Washington Antiquarian Booksellers Association.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bookstore
“Wonderful selection of books, knowledgeable and helpful staff, and a nice selection of wine and chocolates to boot! Support local businesses! Obama, Sasha and Malia shopped there a few years ago on Small Business Day (or whatever it's called). They also host author discussions and neighborhood book groups.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bookstore
“Wonderful used book store. One of the last in Washington, Excellent selection of books, some rare or signed. Also interesting selection of vintage and antique prints.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Thrift / Vintage Store
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“Huge Thrift store, great prices for something you forgot. Not close enough to walk to, but nearby bus lines from house.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bookstore
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“For some reason there are two starbucks within a tenth of a mile...but this one comes with a Barnes and Noble.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bookstore
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  • 1 local recommends
Book Store
  • 1 local recommends
Toy / Game Store
“Great locally owned toy store with a wide selection and staff that will help you select your toy.”
  • 2 locals recommend