Your Third Place

Did you know that Isaac Newton once dissected a dolphin on the table of his local coffee shop?

While the Trident doesn't quite condone this level of scientific inquiry, we are proud to be a third space; a place that isn't your home or your workplace, but in which all are welcome to gather over a coffee, a conversation, or a good book. After all, coffee shops were once called "penny universities," because for the price of a cup of coffee one could gain access to the brightest minds and most profound thinkers. The cost of a cup of coffee may have gone up, but so too has the quality of the dialogue (and the beans). Literary history might not be what it is without Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and T.S. Eliot meeting at La Rotonde, or Jean Paul-Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir holding court at the Café de Flore. 

For nearly forty years Trident has been honored to offer a space in Boston in which locals and tourists, students and professors, and readers and writers are able to come together and break bread, discuss the latest cultural breakthrough, or simply enjoy a relaxing brunch or shop for a meaningful gift. Our community is everything to us, and the stories we've heard about couples meeting cute amongst our stacks of books, authors finding inspiration and caffeination on one of our stools, or folks just popping in for a mindful moment during a hectic day warm our hearts. 

Now, more than ever, we believe third spaces are essential to the fabric of a city and the impactful ideas that can emerge when dialogue is encouraged and all voices are given a chance to be heard. We will continue to be that space in our Newbury Street storefront, just as we have since 1984.

And while we can never replicate the intimate and personal experience Trident offers in person, we hope that our new website can be a virtual third place that facilitates inspiration and connection. It's here where you can book a virtual personal shopping appointment, build a wish list of favorites to add to your TBR pile, connect with like-minded book lovers over virtual trivia night or go on a blind date with a book. So explore and enjoy. No matter what keeps you up at night or what you aspire to do, we're just a click away.