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"Champs de N. Main Street"? Sidewalk cafes of Walnut Creek.

Don dark glasses to sip your frothy cappuccino and you might think you're on a Parisian side street, a Roman via, or a Madrid plaza. Bag the shades and you'll see you're actually on N. Main Street in Walnut Creek, California, where 10 open-to-the-sidewalk cafes offer a range of drinks and comestibles.

City officials have actively encouraged outdoor seating along four blocks of N. Main, hoping to attract shoppers from nearby Broadway Shopping Plaza and the Walnut Creek BART station (weekdays, a free shuttle runs every 15 minutes from BART to the plaza, then north up Main Street). Some tables are shaded by large umbrellas, some sit on covered patios; leafy sycamores and magnolias shade sidewalk benches. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s and 80s. You might time it so you visit during the city's eighth annual art and wine festival, June 3 and 4. For details, call the chamber of commerce at (415) 934-2007.

All cafes and restaurants we mention serve espresso drinks. Listed south to north, all lie between Mount Diablo Boulevard and Civic Drive.

Yogurt Company (1354 N. Main Street): 11:30 A.M. to 8 Pm. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11:30 to 9 Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 8 Sundays.

Pascal French Oven Bakery (1372): 7 A.M. to 6 Pm. Mondays through Fridays, 7 to 9 Saturdays. Also serves elegant French pastries, fancy sandwiches, and quiche.

Noga Corner Coffee Shop (1394): 6 A.M. to 5 Pm. daily except 7 to 4 Sundays.

Le Chocolatier and Gelateria (1397): 10:30 A.M. to 6:30 PM. weekdays, 10:30 to 9 Saturdays, 1 to 6 Sundays.

J.R. Muggs (1432): 8 to 8 Mondays through Thursdays, 8 to 10 Fridays, 9 to 10 Saturdays.

Caffe Italiano (1440): 7 A.M. tO 11 PM. daily except 7 to 10 Sundays. Also serves focaccia sandwiches and classic Italian pastries, contains a library of Italianlanguage magazines for at-the-table perusal, and posts current standings of Italian soccer teams.

Little Europe (1516): 11:30 A.M. tO 10 PM. Mondays through Saturdays. Offers German, French, Russian, and Hungarian specialties.

Prima Cafe (1522): 11:30 A.M. to 6 PM. Mondays, 11:30 to 10 Tuesdays through Saturdays. Presents nouvelle Italian cuisine and has a wine-tasting bar.

Gelato Classico Italian Ice Cream (1601): noon to midnight daily except noon to 10 Sundays.

Sepp's Kitchen (1606): 4 to 10 PM. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 4 to 11 Fridays and Saturdays.
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