Best of Boston

2008 Best Newsstand, Magazines

Trident Booksellers & Café

Any old Store 24 or CVS has the household names—GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, a certain city mag you may have heard of—and yes, it surely is convenient to load up on required reading and toothpaste all in one go. Trident’s draw is that, instead of toiletries and Slim Jims, it supplements its big titles with the coolest niche publications around. The racks are dense with the surprising and quirky (2600 and Heeb being a combined purchase, perhaps, for the techie hipster Jew in your life), and sampling the wares is encouraged: Just take a copy to the store’s mellow café and peruse it over a cup of equally mellow joe.

338 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-8688,