Beyond Books and Bagels: Trident Booksellers and Cafe

The Back Bay’s Trident Booksellers and Cafe, located on Newbury Street between Hereford Street and Mass Ave., has long held the ardor of Boston locals. It’s won awards for everything from its magazine selection to its free Wi-Fi (which they offered long before your typical café patron came to expect it).

For booklovers, the Trident’s offerings are beautifully arranged, but the space is cozy. It’s the kind of place you can go to choose your books by actually paging through them first. Gather a pile of books that appeal to you, then take them to a table or sit right there on the carpet to read. Take your time; no one will mind a bit.

On the dining side of the business, the Trident’s extensive menu features an array of hearty omelets, salads and stews that appeal to vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike. Regulars swear by the sweet potato fries as well as the lemon-ricotta French toast. A nice selection of beer and wine is also available.

The Trident’s well-attended events include readings, author talks and even beer tastings — sometimes all at once. And the store’s engaging website lets you do everything from book a table (weekdays only) to vote for the music you’d like played in the store.

When you visit — and if you haven’t, you should soon — expect that the weekends can get a little crowded. Find a seat upstairs for a bit more peace and quiet. And be sure to explore the sale section next to the cashier for deep discounts.