Tryon Common café

Tryon Common Café Hours:
Tuesday through Friday 9 AM–3 PM
Saturday 10 AM–2 PM
Sunday 11 AM–3 PM
Closed Mondays and major holidays.


Tryon Common is a contemporary light-filled café that is open to the general public as well as the Smith community. 

The café is named for Dwight William Tryon, an acclaimed landscape painter who taught at Smith from 1886–1923, and whose work is in the permanent collection of Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA).

Located in the atrium of the Brown Fine Arts Center––adjacent to the Museum––Tryon Common serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments.

Chef/owner Jim Laing has crafted a New England menu of high quality, made-from-scratch items: fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, and sweet and savory baked goods—as well as Tryon Common’s signature blend of locally roasted coffee—are menu staples. Patrons will often find made-fresh daily specials, as well.

Tryon Common Menu

Chef Laing trained on both coasts and abroad, and is also the owner/chef at 40 Green Street Lunch, a popular French-themed café in Northampton, MA.

Photo by Lynne Graves