The Best Places To Read & Study In Boston

As America’s college town, Boston holds an abundance of study spots. Whether you like some hustle and bustle around you as you read or study, or you prefer quiet to get your work done, there are plenty of places to  hunker down for a few hours.


Right on the tip of Newbury Street, Trident was named Boston’s Best Bookstore in 2016 by Boston Magazine. Part restaurant, part bookstore, this place has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. You can sit either upstairs or downstairs, surrounded by books and camp out for hours. The menu is eclectic and extensive, offering everything from breakfast food, bubble tea, different ethnic cuisines and more.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe. 338 Newbury St. Boston, MA


Fondly called the “BPL” by locals, this majestic building has been around since 1848. When you need a break from reading or studying, make sure to check out the beautiful outdoor courtyard with fountains. The beautiful architecture and quiet rooms make for a restful afternoon in one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

Boston Public Library. 700 Boylston St. Boston, MA


If you thrive in the outdoors, the Christopher Columbus Park is a perfect spot near the North End to sit with a book for a few hours. Right across the street from Faneuil Hall, there are plenty of places to grab a bite or something to drink. The park overlooks the Boston Harbor and leads to the Boston Harborwalk, a lovely walkway along the water.

Christopher Columbus Park. Boston, MA


A hub of Porter Square, this bookstore also houses Cafe Zing, which offers baked goods and coffee from the best of the local bakeries and coffee houses. Browse from the book selection, which is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the city.

Porter Square Books. 25 White St. Cambridge, MA


With three locations across Cambridge, Darwin’s offers coffee, pastries and an iconic deli to the people of Central, Kendall, and Harvard Squares. They’ve even invited their own brewing system that produces large batches of quality pour-over. Treat yourself to one of their famous sandwiches and their delicious coffee.

Darwin’s LTD. 1629 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA