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Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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940 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5109
(303) 443-3133
Today
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great hang out

The location is perfect and the ambiance varied enough to fit many moods. It is great to be able to peruse the books and have coffee or other hot drinks and a light tasty pastry. It is a great place to go solo, as part of a group, or to meet others and join them in a game of scrabble.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2014
worldtourist77
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colorado, usa
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
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26 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Boulder
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

An historic coffeehouse on Pearl that i have been going to for over 35 years! A great place to relax and people watch and enjoy good conversations and Chai tea.

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Boulder, Colorado
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Book seller and coffee shop that sort of reminds me of the old days …. cozy and relaxing. Great atmosphere. The book selection is a big plus.

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colorado, usa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The location is perfect and the ambiance varied enough to fit many moods. It is great to be able to peruse the books and have coffee or other hot drinks and a light tasty pastry. It is a great place to go solo, as part of a group, or to meet others and join them in a game of scrabble.... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Very cute little place with a variety of odd old books. Cute little patio in back. Helpful service, and a great cup of joe!

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Bangkok, Thailand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We live in Bangkok but spend time in Boulder every summer. One of our ritual trips is to Trident for morning coffee. This year we were able to enjoy the cool Boulder morning about five times. The staff is friendly, refills are free and the books incredibly ECLECTIC. luv ya Trident. Keep on readin' .... Oh yes, this summer they... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Located at the west end of the "mall"this would be an easy shop o miss unless you noticed the large local contingency. There is no better place to ring in the morning in Boulder. Browse through the eclectic collection of books, enjoy a cuppa great coffee and a croissant or muffin.....have a Boulder day.

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Longmont, Colorado
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This place always has something to buy! Nice staff and super selection. Be sure to visit often, the stock is always changing.

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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Overpriced, mediocre drinks, and baristas who get snotty if you try to pay with a debit/credit card. There are better places on Pearl St.

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Kyoto, Japan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I think it's been 25 years since I visited the Trident last, though I can't really recall. I used to think of the Trident as a place to meet an old friend, and that was the situation this time. I was early, so spent a pleasant 20 minutes in the bookstore side, then enjoyed a (delicious) coffee during my wait.... More 

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Boulder, Co.
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Trident is a standard Boulder coffee house where you will get a flavor of the residents who live here. Wonderful coffees, teas, specialty drinks and GREAT pastry await you. The bookstore is a great place to browse for a broad spectrum of books on topics from Buddhist studies to Western Philosophy to theatre.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 940 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5109
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
  • Phone Number: (303) 443-3133

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm

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