About Kramer Books & Afterwords Cafe

Bookstore Information

Café Information


  • 7:30am - 1:00am Daily
  • Fridays & Saturdays until 3:00am

Kramerbooks & Afterwords first opened its doors amid the Bicentennial celebrations of 1976. At the time of its opening it was the first bookstore/café in Washington DC. Over the years, through expansions, subpoenas, and innumerable neighborhood changes, much of our business has remained constant, notably our commitment to providing our patrons with access to the best books we can procure and to the most delicious, varied food we can produce. In addition to possessing a lively, convivial atmosphere, and a full-service bar, Kramerbooks & Afterwords stages hundreds of book-related events each year, both in the store and elsewhere. From tourists to neighbors, college students to the political elite, there is something for everyone at Kramerbooks & Afterwords!

What people are saying

"... one of the city's most beloved independent booksellers... [committed] to the idea that in a world of chains, an independent, literary way of life is still possible."

– Fearless Critic Washington DC

“Esteemed city institution, as well as a fun place to hang out, with a very good and broad general selection...”

— The Rough Guide to Washington DC.

"... Dupont's replacement ritual for church."

— Citywalks Washington DC

"... for bookish, dessert-addicted night owls."

— Citywalks Washington DC

"The best place in DC for a first date - you meet in the adjoining Kramerbooks and rejoice or despair at your new friend's taste in literature."

— TimeOut Washington DC

"A longtime favorite of hungry literature lovers..."

— Michelin Must-sees Washington DC