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Small World Cafe

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14 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-3347
+1 609-924-4377
06:30 - 22:00
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Sun 07:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:30 - 23:00
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Kingston, New Jersey
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The very few gems of princeton. Not cheap, but i support the local business as well as GOOD coffee. And sometimes Lillipies baked goods. Staff are ultra friendly and very accommodating, know what they r doing! I like the small-small near me. Calmer and cozier space. Their art show also supports local artists and i've purchased some.

Thank i c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Small World Cafe on Witherspoon Street is one of two in Princeton. It is the bigger one and the most centrally located one and the one where I go most often. It is large enough to go to meet a few friends, have coffee and a pastry and do studying or working on your laptop in a pleasant atmosphere.... More 

Thank Mariette R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small World has mastered the science of coffee: buying the best free trade beans. Roasting fresh and donating 10 day old beans. Perfect grind and master baristas who want to make the perfect beverage whether a cappuccino, macchiato, alonge or just a perfectly brewed drip. A good Cortado requires perfect bean or blend, water, Temp and pressure the right amount... More 

Thank Mark W H
Princeton, New Jersey
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Small World is the prototypical college town coffee hangout spot, featuring plenty of the requisite liberal intellectual anti-establishment vibe, patrons dressed in black, and cheerful young staff who end every sentence with an upward inflection. That said, they have great coffee and related eats at not-more-outrageous-than-usual prices. And everyone is really nice.

Thank Andrew S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Small World makes you feel big! How? First because they learn your name. Second because they memorize your favorite drink. Many times by morning cortado is handed to me before I order it! This is an extraordinary place of community. Local artists have their exhibits, local musicians play music Friday and Saturday and everything from food to muffins to ingredients... More 

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Skaneateles, New York
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Can't believe how well we were treated at this coffee shop. Great find. Coffee was very good quality.

Thank lori p
Fukuoka, Japan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

This is a nice, but crowded coffee house in Downtown Princeton. We enjoyed the coffee and food here, but it might be hard to get seats during peak times.

Thank Steven R
Barrie, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A good range of coffees. University student atmosphere. Good location. The tweets to add to the coffees are worthy of a good coffee house.

Thank GeorgeTaylor46
Berkeley CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

It's hard to imagine Princeton without the Small World Cafe. This amply-sized and well-run coffee shop is the go-to option when Princetonians -- be they university students or members of the community -- want to get caffeinated, meet friends or colleagues, or settle in for a couple hours of work. The coffee is delicious and strong, the folks behind the... More 

Thank Kathryn A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

This is a local icon. Their coffee never disappoints. Nice snacks but the coffee is the drawing card

Thank Jim B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-3347
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Princeton
  • Phone Number: +1 609-924-4377

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?