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City Lights Cafe

3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
+1 828-587-2233
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (11 reviews)
“crepes” (25 reviews)
“salad” (14 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been going here for over 20 years. Menu is healthy, exciting and lots of fresh veggies. Eclectic selections and always fresh and yummy. Consistently good food and friendly staff. Nice wine and bakery desserts. Love the relaxed and spacious atmosphere. Free wifi and okay to...More

Thank Greensleeves61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

City Lights has a variety of sandwiches and drinks in a setting you would expect to find in Asheville, an hour away or any large college town (which Sylva is not). The homemade hummus wrap my wife and I shared was tasty and the restaurant...More

Thank TarheelTraveler99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really want to like City Lights Café, but seriously every time I give it another try it continues to disappoint. Maybe for a college, hippy crowd it's ok, but not for me and my husband. Years ago I went for an evening music venue,...More

Thank Cathy W
Bernadette P, Owner at City Lights Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry your experience was not to your liking. A counter service model is not for everyone, especially when our first priority of importance is quality food, free from GMOs, pesticides and catering to our customers' needs for...More

Reviewed September 6, 2018

We were passing through on the way back home and found this cute little restaurant. There's 2 separate areas outside to eat and the inside is light and airy although its split up with a lower level. I got a wrap and it was different...More

Thank mshotwell
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Stopped for lunch while vacationing in Sylva, NC. This is an eclectic, environmentally friendly, and comfortable little gem. Had a cup of their lentil soup which was delicious and a 1/2 sandwich for lunch. They advise not to take a plastic straw, environmental reasons. Love...More

Thank Mary A
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Informal, great coffee, top of the line baked items, farm-to-table and often organic ingredients in the sandwichs, crepes and salads and most of all, City Lights is also a good-old independent, progressive BOOKSTORE! Homage to the Beat joint in San Francisco! Often there are activities...More

Thank Mary O
Reviewed August 17, 2018

We stopped in for breakfast; the crepecakes and the breakfast sandwich were fresh, fast, and delicious. My stepdaughter also got a kick out of visiting the cat in the bookshop upstairs!

Thank Catherine M
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

This little restaurant nestled below the bookstore has a wide variety of foods and drinks. Portions were rather small but the quality of the food was good. Nice place to kick back and slow down.

Thank mike90au
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Great spot to come for brunch and linger for a while. Very laid back and helpful staff. I had a breakfast sandwich and Carmel latte both of which were awesome.

Thank Michael B
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful selection of allergen free options and focus on sustainability and community improvement. It was great to see such great options!

Thank Audra I
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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, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
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
  • E-mail
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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