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Kramers 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, Kramers 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 Kramers!

Hours & Location

1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20036

Monday - Saturday: 8am - 10pm

Sunday: 8am - 9pm

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By Metro

Red Line to Dupont Circle station.
Q Street (north) exit puts you directly across the street from Kramers.

By Car

Dupont Circle is in NW Washington at the intersection of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire Avenues, and 19th and P Streets. Kramers is on Connecticut Ave, just north of Dupont Circle, between Dupont Circle & Q Street. Outdoor seating for All Day is on 19th Street, across from the Dupont Circle Hotel. There are a limited number of metered parking spaces available on the streets throughout the neighborhood. A parking garage is located in the Dupont Circle Hotel across from us on Q Street between 19th & 18th streets.