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
202-387-1462
http://www.kramers.com/