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Satisfy Your Inner Bookworm: Dupont Circle

Though Dupont Circle is a home to many museums, embassies and a variety of ethnic restaurants, it’s really the bookstores that make it great. Three bookstores within walking distance of the Metro station offer great reads to different types of readers.

For people interested in finding first-edition copies, of head to Second Story Books. Located on P Street, this bookstore specializes in antique books. Among the rarities are first editions of Ida Tarbell’s work “The History of The Standard Oil Company.” The bookstore also sells old CDs for music lovers. Don’t think you have to spend a fortune -you’ll find cheap paperbacks and used books too . 

If you’re into capes and costumes, check out Fantom Comics, also located on P Street. Recently moved from Union Station, this comic shop has a large variety of comics both independent and mainstream. Popular characters like the X-Men and Green Lantern are alphabetized in order by character, so it’s quite easy to sift through them. The staff is very helpful, and are eager to recommend the books they loved. If you don’t want to make the trek to Big Planet Comics on U Street, check this place out.

If you enjoy reading with a glass of wine, check out Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café. Located on Connecticut Avenue, Kramerbooks is an indie bookstore that has a wide selection of genres to choose from, including a great biography and history section. Best of all, like Busboys & Poets, there is a café and a bar located in the back of the bookstore, perfect for after work or sitting around with friends on the weekends. If you enjoy a mix of expertly curated books and upscale food and drink, check this place out.

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