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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“crepes” (23 reviews)
“wraps” (5 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 14 July 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 13 July 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 9 July 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 2 July 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 12 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 8 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
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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
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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