In a sea of chains, Trident remains a tried-and-true standby for the more indie-minded of Boston’s over-caffeinated literary nerds. The magazine selection is peerless—art zines, obscure trade publications… and is that a Spanish edition of Foreign Affairs? The city has plenty of spots that brew a better cup of joe, and Trident does get a tad too packed on weekends, but there's still something about lounging with a latte and a Lethem novel that makes us feel so flippin' smart.
Read our essential guide to the best bookstores in Boston—insider tips and recommendations, written by local experts. From obscure poetry finds at Grolier, to coffee and culture at Trident Booksellers and Café, to monkey business and kidlit at The Curious George Store, Time Out's editors bring you the best of Boston's bookstores.
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