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Top Choice Books in Capitol Hill & South DC

Capitol Hill Books

A trove of secondhand awesomeness, this shop has so many books staff have to double-stack them on the shelves. Superb notes by the cantankerous clerks help guide your selection. Categories are, er, unconventional, i…
Top Choice Books in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Kramerbooks

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 Antiques in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Miss Pixie’s

Bright and festive with classic pop tunes playing in the background, Miss Pixie’s is a great browse. It's piled high with relics from the past, from stuffed leather armchairs to 1960s lawn ornaments. You’ll find dis…
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…
Gifts & Souvenirs in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

White House Gifts

Though not to be confused with the official White House gift shop (in the White House Visitor Center), this store sells official souvenirs alongside less-orthodox offerings. So while you can still find the certified…
Sports & Outdoors in Capitol Hill & South DC

REI Washington DC Flagship Store

Who says Washington isn’t an adventure city? This 51,000-sq-ft building in the revitalizing NoMa neighborhood – outdoor retailer REI’s fifth flagship store – proves it. Peruse an enormous array of outdoor gear and c…
Market in Capitol Hill & South DC

Eastern Market

One of the icons of Capitol Hill, this roofed bazaar sprawls with delectable chow and good cheer, especially on the weekend. Built in 1873, it is the last of the 19th-century covered markets that once supplied DC’s …
Shopping Center in Downtown & Penn Quarter

CityCenterDC

Rodeo Drive chic may not be the first way you’d think of describing Washington, but this sparkling, open-air oasis of shops and restaurants blows that notion straight out of the water. Style mavens peruse high-end b…
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 EWBA…
Books in Upper Northwest DC

Politics and Prose Bookstore

A much-loved DC literary hub, this independent bookstore carries an excellent selection of fiction and nonfiction, has knowledgeable staff and is fiercely supportive of local authors. It's known for hosting readings…