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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%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (10 reviews)
“crepes” (24 reviews)
“salad” (13 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Organic, vegan, local, fresh, homemade, creative food available in a setting that could be in Haight Asbury in the 1960's!

Thank Dawn N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They make the best turkey panini that comes with a salad that we love for lunch. Their outside patio is dog friendly and secluded behind beautiful flowers. This is also a phenomenal book store and they serve great coffee too. It is a win/win/win!

Thank Sandy K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I stopped by after visiting local mountain views. When we walked into the place, workers said hi which was nice. The nice girl was going to take the order but some manager or owner type lady told her that she would do...More

Thank silen2ny
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In downtown Sylva, occupying an old house, this place has a lot going for it. Lots of different spaces, from the front porch to the side porch to the main dining area, you can find a nook to do your thing quite easily. Live music...More

Thank Chuck C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in today for our first time and love then menu, the atmosphere, and the attitude and love of the staff. We had the Saturday special “Joe Nini” and it was excellent!!

Thank UnclTrvlngMatt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Twenty years ago I lived in Sylva and ate lunch here two or three times a week. The most memorable part was the huge wisteria "tree" that shaded the dining patio. When we were back in the area we stopped by for lunch. It was...More

Thank Vivaine3
Reviewed July 9, 2018

A great find for a small town. This cafe does it all pretty well. Nice breakfast including Sunday brunch with all sorts of lunch and dinner items. They have great coffee, and very nice baked goods. Local wine and craft beer. Friendly staff and interesting...More

Thank William S
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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
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Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
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, Local cuisine, Families with children
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
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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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