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Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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940 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5109
+1 303-443-3133
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6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Ithaca, New York
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Relaxed, laid-back, cheerful baristas serve up beautifully-made organic fair trade espresso, with a fine selection of local fresh baked goods from the countertop case. Don't get it to go -- stick around with your more elegant (and more sustainable!) "for here" glass or cup, and browse the truly excellent selection of used and new books in the other half of... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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104 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

poor service they seem to cater to their old clients and have rude pictures of a person I really don't like permantly on their wall.

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Thank Joe E
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Really good coffee drinks with an eclectic bookstore. Wish there were more food options available. Crowded for seating, best to sit outdoors (weather-permitting) as it is enjoyable to see all that is going on around Pearl Street.

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Thank Greenspringer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Trident cafe and bookstore has been a part of my life since the mid 1980s and although I no longer live in Boulder when I visit I still go there with backgammon board in hand for a throw back of the good ole days. Each time I return I find that Trident still has it! That rare unforced sense of... More 

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Thank Ama W
Boulder, Colorado
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Step back in time at the Trident Cafe. Excellent coffee and pastries plus used book store. Great experience.

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Thank baxter429
Boulder, Colorado
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

You purchase a tea or coffee, and then sit at a table, and ....watch. This place has some of the great personalities of Boulder coming in to read the newspaper over coffee. The drinks are fine, but the culture is thick. Then pay your dues to this old landmark, and buy a book or another coffee. Finally, you can earn... More 

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Thank David T
Norton Shores, Michigan
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180 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Friends and I visited Trident while exploring the Pearl Street Mall. I didn't get to look around as much as I would have liked due to the cramped space available in this store, but did select a few very unique post cards to send back home! Definitely worth a stop.

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Thank Michelle C
Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

This wooden-shelved bookstore really took me back to the days when Elliott Bay Bookstore was still open here in Seattle WA. You could totally feel the gravitas that saturated the stacks! In one corner, a mom read to her daughter. I didn't want to crowd in too close to listen, but the girl was completely rapt. The bookstore staff were... More 

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Thank Lynn P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

Trident is the best local coffee shop in Boulder! ☕️ But it's not just a coffee shop, it's a place to kick-back, relax, and hang out on their large back patio. If you're looking where to take a new guest from out-of-town, need a place to pull up your computer, or open a book, go to Trident! Also give their... More 

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Thank Valerie G
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Whilst visiting Boulder a few different people had recommended that we visit Trident because "it's one of the best in Boulder", and now we know why. The cafe is steeped in history and when we visited one evening after walking Pearl Street there was a chess tournament under way outside. When we stepped inside it was better still, the clientele... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Dining on a budget
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 940 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5109
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
  • Phone Number: +1 303-443-3133

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?