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Address: 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2024
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+1 202-364-1919
09:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 22:00

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Print isn't Dead, Long-live books

Politics and Prose is my home away from home in the US. Like a homing pigeon I find myself heading there whenever I'm in the city, even for a short time. It's a storied place so I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Politics and Prose is my home away from home in the US. Like a homing pigeon I find myself heading there whenever I'm in the city, even for a short time. It's a storied place so I won't rehearse all the reasons to go there. But if you do like reading, the staff are knowledgeable and unobtrusive. There's a great... More 

Thank MakatiMaan
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is my favorite coffee shop. They recently redid the interiors. Its a great placed to sit and work or just read the paper like I do. Order a cortado (not on the menu) the best I have had!

Thank Dharam K
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50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This place is neat. They have a lot of neat gifts, a good book selection, and a quaint coffee shop downstairs. I'm glad I got to stop in here on my vacation to DC. The parking can be hectic, as with every place in that town. So be ready for that.

Thank Courtney S
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Needed a place to unwind after a 6 hr drive and looking at condos in the Cathedral Heights area of Washington DC. This is a wonderful stop for coffee, beer, or wine. Very casual and comfortable. Good cold brew coffee too!

Thank rgr1085
New York City, New York
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169 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Came to pick up some books and surprise; I had a Quinoa moment at Politics and Prose. I never liked Quinoa or the current Quinoa craze but hay, the Quinoa bowl looked good at the coffee house so we ordered one each for lunch and WOW-it was damn good. The butter nut squash with cranberries and pecans plus maple dressing... More 

Thank AlanR27
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Have been coming for years. Used to be on their mailing list for events. If you want a book with meat on it. Politics, international affairs, serious literature..... this is your place. Friends have offered readings in the past and we've walked into signings and presentations. When my college professor comes to town, we go... Want to think about the... More 

Thank Chinapjs
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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472 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Politics and Prose is a classic. Fantastic selections and very knowledgeable staff. It is a good place to browse or to attend one of their readings or book signings. The remodeled coffee house (and wine bar) on the ground floor is bright, comfortable and popular. It is operated by the folks at Little Red Fox a few doors away.

Thank waterandmore
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304 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Politics and Prose is just a classic no matter what. They've remodeled the coffee section as I like to call it - and although I really miss the '70's style wooden communal tables longingly (they always made me feel like I was still in graduate school) I like the new surroundings. Plus, it's a spot where all ages are coming... More 

Thank HistoryLover2017
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287 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped fortuitously on way to Metro and browsed books. Didn't have a chance to eat anything but it looked pretty good. Busy, civil, good energy.

Thank steventobolsky
Austin, Texas
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Would anyone choose to visit a bookstore when you didn't have a book you wanted to buy? Absolutely and as often as possible. And in Greater Washington, if not the entire eastern seaboard, this is the place to visit. Go to browse. Start with whatever you know and like -- whether it might be modern fiction, comic book characters, food,... More 

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