Most bookstores are so quiet you can hear a bookmark drop, but Kramer’s Books & Cafe isn’t like most bookstores. A bustling center of intellectual activity and voracious appetites, the café itself is a well-kept D.C. secret, cleverly hidden behind the bookstore. Kramer’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, but you will want to experience a Kramer’s Brunch. Featuring some of the best eggs Benedict in the city, Kramer’s dishes up poached eggs paired with a crab cake, traditional ham steak, smoked salmon, tomato avocado, or imported Italian proscuitto. Burn off those calories afterwards by browsing books stacked from floor to ceiling.

1517 Connecticut Ave. NW