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City Lights Cafe

3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
+1 828-587-2233
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (3 reviews)
“crepes” (20 reviews)
“panini” (10 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A neat place to catch brunch/lunch/snack, with an interesting menu, great "crepadillas," and go upstairs from there to their bookstore!

Thank Donna R V
Reviewed September 8, 2017

We googled this before stopping in. What a gem of a restaurant! They have the menus as you walk in, you order, sit down and they bring you your meal. I had the turkey panini and my husband had the fish tacos. Both were freshly...More

Thank Bchcomber49
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

We loved City Lights so much we came both days of our trip. We tried the grit bowl, breakfast burrito, bacon egg and cheese biscuit and cinnamon crepe. Everything was wonderful. Great coffee/expresso drinks as well.

Thank Asgh2010
Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Heading through the area I found this place to stop that has a dog friendly patio. They had a nice selection of brunch dishes and I was most pleased with my selection. I plan to stop by on my way through town again. Easy access...More

Thank JBG380
Reviewed July 24, 2017

We had just came off of the local mountain trails and were headed back in the Asheville direction. Not from the area, we decided to drop down into this town for a coffee. What a pleasant surprise. The entire town is a hidden, sweet little...More

Thank CurryHammock
Reviewed July 13, 2017

A quaint and comfortable cafe a block off of main street. It had some nice baked goods and the place was clean and had indoor and outdoor seating. Also a menu of sandwiches too. Prices were standard for the tourist area.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

We met some family here after reading about this on Trip Advisor. It has something for everyone! My in-laws said the turkey panini was wonderful. My husband and I tried the craft beers, and they were great, too! The servers were so friendly and welcoming....More

Thank Susannah W
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

I ate breakfast here both mornings I was in town. The breakfast crepe was filling and delicious. There are several vegetarian options. The chocolate peanut butter cookie was also delicious. I bought one for a mid morning snack. The staff are friendly and the service...More

Thank OneCent1981
Reviewed July 2, 2017

I just love this restaraunt and book store! It just never disappoints. I visit multiple times every trip to Sylva. The food (coffee, breakfast, lunch, desserts) are fabulous! This trip I had a poblano cheese soup, which was absolutely to die for, and a yummy...More

Thank Carol D
Reviewed June 11, 2017 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
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October 22, 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
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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