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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 good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (20 reviews)
“crepes” (22 reviews)
“wraps” (5 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 11 June 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
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 Michael M
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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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