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Where to Buy Indie Magazines in DC

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Grabbing your Us Weeklys, your Washington Posts—that's no problem for any humble little corner store or supermarket check-out line. But when you're craving something a little different from the norm, where can you go? DC isn't exactly the magazine capital of the world, but if you know where to look, you can definitely find a new magazine to inspire.


[Disclosure: The author of this post sells or has sold printed ephemera at a few of the listed locales.]

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1. The Newsroom

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1803 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-1489
This upper Dupont Circle gem is mightier than the outside suggests. Inside, you'll find (along with plenty of DC memorabilia) international editions of Vogue, foreign fashion magazines and a surprisingly hearty Arabic section. [Image: Alison Baitz]

2. News World

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1001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-0190
A teeny shop packed to the brim with unexpected magazines so, so many foreign options—separated by language. Run here to grab German and Spanish-language magazines by the armload. They also have a ton of leftover Obama ephemera should you find your collection lacking. [Image: Alison Baitz]

3. Treasury Vintage

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1843 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-9499
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In addition to stocking some of the best vintage in the District, Treasury also regularly carries the interiors magazine Apartamento—and high-end women's magazine The Gentlewoman. [Image]

4. Salt & Sundry

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1309 5th St NE
Washington DC, D.C. 20002
(202) 556-1866
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This Union Market home-goods shop also stocks Cherry Bombe and Sweet Paul. [Image]

5. Redeem

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1810 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-7447
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The permanent Mutiny pop-up inside of Redeem stocks all sorts of cool things, including tons of indie mags. Here you have Mood, a music and food mag, Pigeons & Peacocks and Ancestry Quarterly among many others. [Image: Alison Baitz]

6. Mutiny Showroom

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52 O Street, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 500-8680
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If the Redeem pop-up isn't enough for you, head to the full Mutiny showroom at 52 O. Stocked are more same-vein mags, like The Travel Almanac among a full selection of rugged menswear and accessories. [Image]

7. Barnes & Noble

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555 12th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-0176
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Don't discount this chain store—the only one left in DC proper—it has a sprawling magazine rack and plenty of lesser-known picks, like MilK. [Image]

1. The Newsroom

1803 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
This upper Dupont Circle gem is mightier than the outside suggests. Inside, you'll find (along with plenty of DC memorabilia) international editions of Vogue, foreign fashion magazines and a surprisingly hearty Arabic section. [Image: Alison Baitz]
1803 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

2. News World

1001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
A teeny shop packed to the brim with unexpected magazines so, so many foreign options—separated by language. Run here to grab German and Spanish-language magazines by the armload. They also have a ton of leftover Obama ephemera should you find your collection lacking. [Image: Alison Baitz]
1001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

3. Treasury Vintage

1843 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
In addition to stocking some of the best vintage in the District, Treasury also regularly carries the interiors magazine Apartamento—and high-end women's magazine The Gentlewoman. [Image]
1843 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

4. Salt & Sundry

1309 5th St NE, Washington DC, D.C. 20002
This Union Market home-goods shop also stocks Cherry Bombe and Sweet Paul. [Image]
1309 5th St NE
Washington DC, D.C. 20002

5. Redeem

1810 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
The permanent Mutiny pop-up inside of Redeem stocks all sorts of cool things, including tons of indie mags. Here you have Mood, a music and food mag, Pigeons & Peacocks and Ancestry Quarterly among many others. [Image: Alison Baitz]
1810 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

6. Mutiny Showroom

52 O Street, NW, Washington, DC
If the Redeem pop-up isn't enough for you, head to the full Mutiny showroom at 52 O. Stocked are more same-vein mags, like The Travel Almanac among a full selection of rugged menswear and accessories. [Image]
52 O Street, NW
Washington, DC

7. Barnes & Noble

555 12th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20004
Don't discount this chain store—the only one left in DC proper—it has a sprawling magazine rack and plenty of lesser-known picks, like MilK. [Image]
555 12th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004