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Book Trader Cafe

1140 Chapel St, Ste A, New Haven, CT 06511-4842
+1 203-787-6147
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  • Average5%
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“vanilla chai” (2 reviews)
“sandwich” (6 reviews)
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7:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Cafe, Healthy, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
1140 Chapel St, Ste A, New Haven, CT 06511-4842
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place if you enjoy reading or fiddling with your lap-top while eating or drinking coffee. The range of second-hand books is fantastic and inexpensive. The tea and coffee are prepared on the spot, the service is nice and friendly and relaxed....More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

I love coffee,books, and good wholesome food and this place filled all three! The food was incredibly fresh and delicious, nothing unrecognizable. I had a special, apple and brie panini on multi-grain bread with the green salad on the side. The vanilla chai was pleasantly...More

Thank Carrie S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

As I did not eat at the Book Trader Cafe, I cannot not say anything about its drinks or food, except that I noticed tables were all full at lunch hour. But if you're looking for some jewels to read, this is a great place...More

Thank 2NO-mad
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Book Trader has a decent gluten free menu. I had a sandwich with gluten free bread, which was tasty (you know, sometimes gf bread tastes like cardboard!). The staff behind the counter is very helpful & friendly. You can sit outside in nicer weather, or...More

Thank punchbuggy2717
Reviewed 2 May 2017

...though I did buy their mint ice tea (refreshing!) and vegan cookies (good). The secondhand book selection is the real reason for me to come. Staff is always friendly.

Thank s3ndal
Reviewed 18 September 2016

My mesclun salad was good and my husband's rare roast beef sandwich was outstanding. The atmosphere, surrounded by books was intriguing. As I am eating my lunch and chatting with the three others in my group, a yellow-spined book caught my eye - "The Dummies...More

Thank HelvetiaCH
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

A very sweet cafe fused into a second hand book shop. You can read the books while eating. They have a good selection of salads and sandwiches. They have vegan options as well. They have a little garden with some tables. Over all a very...More

Thank BEAntw
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Monday lunchtime on our way from NYC to Newport, RI. There was an excellent variety of sandwiches and the multigrain bread is to die for. The staff are really friendly and the vibe is cool and relaxed with loads of students...More

Thank Colin C
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Half of my meals in New Haven were here. Staff are just so nice, and they offer a daily vegan special, and also vegan cookies and pastries. It was nice when after the second visit the staff remembered me, and after a while I made...More

Thank Dean L
Reviewed 15 December 2015

My new friend and I stopped in to browse books and grab a tea one evening after grabbing a quick meal in the neighborhood. The place is really clean for a used bookstore, well-lit and well organized. The book selection was a bit quirky and...More

Thank JamieChanGordon
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1140 Chapel St, Ste A, New Haven, CT 06511-4842
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-787-6147
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The Book Trader Cafe offers a range of delicious gourmet sandwiches, coffees, and homemade soups & pastries as well as gently used, conservatively priced books for the general or academic reader. Vegan & gluten-free options are available daily.
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