As a native Bostonian and a book lover, I have a big soft spot for Trident Booksellers and Cafe. Trident does both its jobs equally well: the cafe part serves delicious food, and the bookstore part is a well-stocked independent bookseller.
Trident is the sort of place where you want to get a hot chocolate and buy a book and just curl up and hang out for hours. Especially because the hot chocolate looks like this:
Often on this blog we laud hot chocolates that are basically bars of melted chocolate. Trident's hot chocolate is not one of those. It is a different breed, one that involves a fair amount of milk, too, and whipped cream, obviously. But the chocolate still shines through. It's frothy and warming and just the right amount of sweet, and it makes you feel like a kid at a soda fountain. It's not the most artisanal hot chocolate in downtown Boston, but it is one of my favorites.
BOTTOM LINE: Why doesn't every bookstore sell hot chocolates like Trident's?