What is a third place? Why do you need a third place? And how can you find one? These are the questions we’re all asking, and it was Ray Oldenburg who first gave a name to these precious human habitats. A third place is hangout where you can relax and be yourself . It’s not home or work. Third places can be cafes, diners, coffee shops, tea parlors, hair salons, barber shops, pubs and taverns, tacquerias, libraries, bookshops, street corners, and even park benches.

The original 1989 edition is still available, in print, Kindle ebook, and PDF ebook. Available from all booksellers through Ingram Global, as well as ProQuest, JStor, and more. Order from Berkshire Publishing.

The new edition contains much of the original book with additional material by Ray Oldenburg’s long-time collaborator, Karen Christensen, to bring it up to date.

Coming in September: The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Taverns, Teahouses, Bookshops, Barbershops and Other Hangouts Where Everyone Knows Your Name. These third places are everywhere. The original edition of The Great Good Place has been translated into many languages and is known around the world. We look forward to seeing the new edition translated widely, and welcome enquiries.

“Oldenburg has given us an insightful and extremely useful new lens through which to look at a familiar problem… ” –Roberta Gratz, “Editor’s Choice,” New York Times Book Review.” “A day doesn’t go by that I don’t refer to Ray Oldenburg’s The Great Good Place. At a time when all great, good independent bookstores every­ where are under siege, we’re fortunate that Mr. Oldenburg has articulated our message so clearly.” –Mitchell Kaplan, owner, Books & Books, Miami, Florida

A third place is a hangout where you can relax and be yourself with no responsibilities. It’s separate from home or work and convenient enough to visit regularly. It’s free or inexpensive, and conversation is the main activity. Everyone is welcome, but it’s also a familiar spot where, as the song goes, “everyone knows your name.” Possible third places include cafes, coffee shops, tea parlors, hair salons, barber shops, pubs and taverns, libraries, bookshops, street corners, and even park benches. If you like, you can share details of a third place you know and love – or a place you remember. You can also upload photos (up to 3). All posts will be reviewed by an editor before going live. Click here to add your third place to this website.

Below, you’ll find a few of our photographs, old and new, of third places.