Looking to explore the top bookstores around?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top bookstores in Washington, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're in the market for bookstores.
1. East City Bookshop
Capitol Hill's East City Bookshop, situated at 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 100 (between South Sixth and South Seventh streets), has proven to be a local favorite, with five stars out of 42 reviews on Yelp. The independent bookstore offers author events, book clubs and more.
2. Carpe Librum Pop-Up
Also in Capitol Hill, Carpe Librum Pop-Up, located on the second level of Union Station, at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, offers used books, music, DVDs and more. It's popular with Yelpers, who give it 4.5 stars out of 72 reviews.
3. Potter's House
Potter's House, a nonprofit bookstore and cafe that has been around since 1960, specializes in social movements, cultural studies and spiritual traditions. It's another go-to, with four stars out of 178 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1658 Columbia Road NW (between North Quarry Road and North Mozart Place) in Adams Morgan to see for yourself.
4. Bridge Street Books
Over in Georgetown, check out Bridge Street Books, another independent bookstore, offering trade, university and small press publications. It has earned 4.5 stars out of 51 reviews on Yelp. You can find the bookstore at 2814 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
5. Politics and Prose at Union Market
Finally, there's Politics and Prose at Union Market, with 4.5 stars out of 11 reviews. The bookstore, which has two other locations in the city, offers book clubs and event space. Stop by 1270 Fifth St. NE (between North Neal Place and North Morse Street) in NoMa the next time you're in the mood.