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City Lights Cafe

) #10 of 48 Restaurants in Sylva €€ - €€€ American, Cafe, Healthy
3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
+1 828-587-2233
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (5 reviews)
“crepes” (21 reviews)
“wraps” (5 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This nice book store also has a downstairs cafe for coffee, beer and more. The staff was very friendly and their was a good selection of books and drinks.

Thank batmaninsc
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We pulled off the highway to see if we could find breakfast on our way home. Boy did we find a gem. The restaraunt was located 2 minutes off the highway. The staff was great, the food was awesome, they had several gluten free options....More

Thank jlanierp
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Stopped for coffee and ended up with apple stuffed French toast too. Sooooo good! The coffee was also very good. Staff was helpful and attentive. Information on each table explains that the restaurant pays their staff a "living wage", encourages their ambition, and is committed...More

Thank jano-staugustine
Reviewed 27 April 2017

This was my favorite place to eat on this vacation -- wonderful ambiance both indoors and outdoors -- wonderful variety and selection -- very charming staff, who the owners pride themselves in paying a living wage.

Thank John C
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

I recently visited this quaint cafe. The establishment is clean and offers a small cafe menu. I had the tacos with tortilla chips. The tacos were bland and needed seasoning with additional toppings, plus skimpy on cheese and meat. The salsa was fresh but again...More

Thank FoodFindTN
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

We needed a place to enjoy some fresh made coffee and relax for an hour. City Lights did not disappoint. Great service, cappuccino was on point, seating choices were nice (a couple of couches/lounge type areas on the lower level would be nice). There was...More

Thank HiTownMan
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Had a grilled cheese. Very cheesy. Solid meal. Affordable pricing. Coffee is sold there as well, and I've been told its legit. Great place for kids to play because they supply toys and books. Highly recommend for a family or date or place to chill....More

Thank Blaire V
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Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

The food is pretty average with a slightly arrogant price attached. Everytime I go, I place my order and several people order after, yet they will get their order before me. They tend to put things on the back burner. Unless I'm there to kill...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

This off the main track cafe offers lots of gluten free options and a good selection of crepes, panini type ( more like a toasted ) wraps and coffees and cold drinks . The crepes were very good, loved the fish tacos but disappointed in...More

Thank Andysunkey
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Two things memorable. Bookstore adjacent/attached is worth the trip. Eclectic collection. Also, good beer. Had dark IPA out of Raleigh, NC called Night Knight. Personal Wow here. I loved it. Chicken salad sandwich serviceable.

Thank magnetboy
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
are you open on Sunday and if so is it just brunch Tks Dee
22 October 2016|
Response from Jean C | Reviewed this property |
Hi. City Lights is open Sunday from 9 to 3.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Jackson County  >  Sylva
  • Phone Number: +1 828-587-2233
We are a casual counter-service cafe with local and organic selections, as well as gluten-free and dairy-free options. We serve local draft beer, wine by the glass and bottle as well as locally roasted coffees and espresso drinks. We have a pet-friendly patio and free wifi.
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