Top Choice Books in Dupont Circle & Kalorama


This flagship independent – which leapt into First Amendment history when it refused to release Monica Lewinsky’s book-buying list to Ken Starr's snoops – features first-rate literature, travel and politics sections…
Top Choice Books in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Second Story Books

Packed with dusty secondhand tomes, atmospheric Second Story also sells used CDs (mostly jazz and classical), antiquarian books and old sheet music. The prices are decent and the choices are broad (particularly in t…
Arts & Crafts in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Shop Made in DC

The airy space with floor-to-ceiling windows showcases – yes – locally made goods. The selection changes, but you might find nifty illustrated maps from Cherry Blossom Design or DC-themed wood block prints from art …
Clothing in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Betsy Fisher

The sales team at this classy women’s boutique makes you feel like a queen while trying on fantastic pieces by Pinko, Iris Setlakwe and other North American and European designers. The styles run the gamut from funk…
Homewares in Dupont Circle & Kalorama


Also known as the best little design store in Dupont, Tabletop is evidence that DC is a lot more stylish than some give it credit for. The whimsical candles, postmodern wine carafes and vintage table linens are sure…
Jewelry in Dupont Circle & Kalorama


Crafty types and jewelry lovers should not miss this specialty shop, which carries all things small and stringable. The selection from around the world ranges from 5¢ clay doohickeys to expensive pearls. Helpful sta…
Market in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Dupont Circle Market

The Dupont Circle Market teems with locals on Sunday morning buying fresh breads, cheeses, produce, dumplings, eggs, coffee, spirits and beers. It’s part of the Fresh Farm Market program, one of the leaders of the C…
Fashion & Accessories in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Proper Topper

Fedoras, panama hats, short- and wide-brimmed straw hats – they’re all for sale at the Proper Topper, along with children’s books, wallets, jewelry, scarves and a few snazzy black dresses.
Clothing in Dupont Circle & Kalorama


Up a narrow row of stairs, Secondi is filled with top-label, secondhand clothing for women, like Marc Jacobs jackets and slightly preloved Manolo Blahnik shoes. It’s not the cheapest shop in the city (it's not a thr…