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May 6, 2008 05:59 AM

World Coffee Cafe - San Rafael (new)

The World Coffee Cafe is in the Montecito Shopping Center in San Rafael, right in the center in the space previously occupied by a Middle Eastern cafe for a long time and something else for a shorter time. I had feared that "World Coffee Cafe" would be just another coffee-house chain that I hadn't yet heard of, but not so. It's a one-off locally-owned place with a real breakfast and lunch menu, great pastry (which is all I had in my one visit there), and free wi-fi for the coffee-house crowd (not that there's a crowd there yet). I don't like or drink coffee, so someone else will have to report on that aspect. I did have a pecan square that turned out to be almost exactly the same as my mother's pecan pie that I grew up with, so you can see that I'm already sold on this place. I also tried a piece of a muffin they had out for sampling, and it was moist, dense, and very much like my mother's coffee cake. Maybe I'd better quit while I'm ahead. The staff is very friendly and gracious with none of the assembly-line feeling of most coffee houses.

Here's their food menu:

World Coffee Cafe
Montecito Plaza
San Rafael

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  1. Thanks for the info. Was that the Middle Eastern place on the corner near Trader Joe's

    World Coffee Cafe
    363 3rd St, San Rafael, CA

    3 Replies
    1. re: rworange

      The phone for the Persian place, Cafe Papillon, is disconnected, maybe that's it?

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Yes, that was the place I was thinking it was

        1. re: rworange

          Cafe Papillon was it. I think it was something else for a while after Cafe Papillon left, but this new place has promise.

    2. So sorry to report that World Coffee Cafe is closed. I went to try it for breakfast today and was sorely disappointed after reading all the wonderful reviews.