A great book and a hot cup of coffee is the epitome of relaxation, but your home may not be the best place to enjoy such an indulgence. Noisy roommates or kids can quickly put a damper on your plan for a leisurely afternoon of reading and coffee drinking. Instead, head to one of the following bookstores for the perfect setting to enjoy your reading material. Each one of these cafes serves coffee as well, so you can treat yourself to a latte and a tasty snack.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café & Grill
1517 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Kramerbooks has long been a local favorite for DC residents. The bookstore is perfect for perusing, and the adjoining café is a wonderful spot for relaxing with a book or magazine. Coffee is in abundance, as is an extensive breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert menu. The triple chocolate cake may be the best match for your coffee, but you can’t go wrong with the sweet and earthy apple tart either. For coffee with a kick, order the espresso martini, made with vodka, Kahlua and espresso. It will make your reading material all the more interesting.
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Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
For a bookstore with a cause, head over to Busboys and Poets. The theme of this bookstore is social justice, which means that the literature sold focuses on the experiences of populations who have been historically discriminated against. After exploring the interesting and informative book selection, walk over to the attached café to enjoy a cup of coffee. The coffee menu includes numerous beverage options, including a sweet spiced latte, made with espresso, cinnamon, milk and caramel, and a thin mint latte, created with espresso, milk, chocolate and fresh peppermint syrup.
2714 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
This neighborhood gem has loads of books and films, as well as coffee and food. Enjoy hot and cold coffee drinks while you peruse the extensive book selection, which also includes a children’s book section. Food includes tasty wraps, pizzas and sandwiches. See the website for special events such as book signings and movie nights.
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Frequented by tourists, locals and politicians alike, this bookstore and café combo is one DC’s best-known spots. Books are in abundance, and the adjacent café features food, artwork and the occasional live performer. Enjoy cookies and cake or sandwiches and salad with your coffee and book in the café, which is a cozy and intimate space. Be sure to ask about the literary programs and classes that Politics & Prose is famous for.
The Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
One of DC’s favorite non-profit bookstores is The Potter’s House, which also sells crafts and other fair-trade goods. All of its products, including the coffee, is fair-trade, so you can rest assured that any purchases you make will be ethical and the profits will go to support the store and the local community. Enjoy coffee and pie when you visit the store, although if you are really hungry, it has a full menu of soups, sandwiches and salads, all with a Southern twist. The website has information on musical shows at the store, as well as books signings and art shows.
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