Neighborhood Gem: Kramerbooks & Afterwords

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We won’t be the first, or the last, to have Kramerbooks on their list of favorite neighborhood haunts. And there are many reasons that this has been a staple of the DuPont circle neighborhood since 1976. If you haven’t been in a while, you should go. They recently expanded their non fiction section into the building next door, not to mention their ~swag~ offerings. Yours truly is guilty of buying a mug which is, bar none, the best diner-inspired mugs ever.

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Now, let’s get to the book section! The whole store is a crowded book lovers’ dream. The shelves are scattered throughout the store in a haphazard but not-quite-hoarder level arrangement. My favorite section is what I think of as the “middle”. This section houses a pretty big assortment of philosophy, poetry, fiction, current bestsellers, and music autobiographies. Now, if the leftmost side (closest to the metro/end of the block…if that makes sense) could give me their two shelves of fantasy, it would truly be the perfect section. Oh, and one more reason i like the middle? That’s where the cake & dessert display from the Afterwords cafe lives, so you can browse desserts AND books at the same time. #goals

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Speaking of Afterwords…there is an ENTIRE restaurant and bar. Now, that restaurant is a litttttle pricey to be calling itself a cafe. But, it is a great place to pick up coffee or a late night slice of cake. The bar is not as pricey, and actually has a pretty good happy hour WITH cider on tap (which is very important to yours truly).

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The hours are another great things about Kramerbooks. It’s open until 1am weekdays and 4am on weekends. This makes it a perfect place for a pick me up if you watched a really sad movie and need to be comforted by a good slice of cake and an even better book…or maybe that’s just me. Also – the employees in both the bar and bookstore are incredibly helpful, kind, and relatively goofy. If you genuinely don’t know what you’re looking for when you stop in, there’s a good chance they can help you. Or, if you’re feel antisocial you could always just check out the Staff Picks section.

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