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Food and Gift Shops

Food and Gift Shops

Food and Gift Shops in the buildings on Capitol Hill

Food

Capitol Visitor Center
At the Capitol Visitor Center the restaurant is on the lower level and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Freshly made soups, salads, specialty entrées, pizzas, sandwiches, desserts and beverages reflect the diverse bounty of America. Meal vouchers may be reserved ahead of time for groups of 25 or more. View the restaurant menu.

 

Please note that the following outside items are strictly prohibited in the Capitol, including the Capitol Visitor Center:

  • Liquid, including water
  • Food or beverages of any kind, including fruit and unopened packaged food

Read more about prohibited items in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Library of Congress
There are two cafeterias at the Library of Congress. Both are in the James Madison Memorial Building. The main cafeteria, on the sixth floor (LM 625) of the Madison Building, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but closes from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate Library employees. On the tunnel level to the Madison Building, a snack bar (LM G47) is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and vending machines are available (LM G47 and G49) during all public hours.

Supreme Court
At the Supreme Court, a cafeteria serving a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and beverages is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note Cafeteria service may be interrupted briefly at noon and 1 p.m. for Supreme Court employees.

Note: There are no food or beverages available at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Gift Shops

Capitol Visitor Center
The gift shops are on the upper level of the Visitor Center and are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Gift Shops feature a unique selection of merchandise inspired by the U.S. Capitol's art and architectural treasures, fun and educational gifts, books, jewelry and exciting custom-designed products unavailable anywhere else.

The Library of Congress Shop
Location: Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor
Hours: Monday–Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on holidays
The Library of Congress gift shop offers unique items from the Library’s wide collection, which includes exhibit related items, facsimiles, souvenirs, prints and photographs, and books for the whole family.

Supreme Court
A gift shop is located on the ground floor and is open from 9 a.m. until 4:25 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Gift Shop features extensive offerings of books and other instructive materials to enhance your understanding of the Court’s history. Other offerings include educational games, learning aids, and gift items associated with the law and the Supreme Court.

Note: There is no gift shop at the U.S. Botanic Garden.