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3 E Jackson St, Sylva, NC 28779-5668
+1 828-587-2233
08:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Had a grilled cheese. Very cheesy. Solid meal. Affordable pricing. Coffee is sold there as well, and I've been told its legit. Great place for kids to play because they supply toys and books. Highly recommend for a family or date or place to chill. 10/10 would recommend swipe right for city lights

Thank Blaire V
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

The food is pretty average with a slightly arrogant price attached. Everytime I go, I place my order and several people order after, yet they will get their order before me. They tend to put things on the back burner. Unless I'm there to kill time, I'm usually annoyed at how long they take and how much it costs.

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86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This off the main track cafe offers lots of gluten free options and a good selection of crepes, panini type ( more like a toasted ) wraps and coffees and cold drinks . The crepes were very good, loved the fish tacos but disappointed in the panini. Friendly service with wifi reasonable value

Thank Andysunkey
Branson, MO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Two things memorable. Bookstore adjacent/attached is worth the trip. Eclectic collection. Also, good beer. Had dark IPA out of Raleigh, NC called Night Knight. Personal Wow here. I loved it. Chicken salad sandwich serviceable.

Thank magnetboy
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Met for breakfast before starting out mountain adventures, absolutely loved the place. It's an easy walk from the Blue Ridge Inn and has a great vibe. Had the crepes for breakfast and went back that night for a beer.

Thank Mark E
Charleston, South Carolina
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155 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We came here for brunch and everything we got was pretty good. The crepes are excellent, but some of the fillings were a little bland (especially the Greek). Hot tea selection is weak, but everything else was good. This is easily the best breakfast we found in the area.

Thank Brythonic
Charlotte, North Carolina
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice location and decor, but all nine of us were disappointed. We divided into three groups to order and make it easier, but after warning us that it would be a 15-min wait, our food got to our tables an HOUR later. Many other patrons were talking about getting their money back, and we had to cancel our afternoon... More 

Thank Mcveefly
Columbia, South Carolina
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

the food was outstanding. Brunch menu was lovely as well as regular. Eggs Benedict Crepe was one of the best ever. Love this place a true gem.

Thank Sassycat119
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We visited the City Lights Bookstore on our regular stop in Sylva on vacation. Our regular sandwich shop in downtown was no longer there so we looked for something with a light but filling lunch. City Lights Cafe fit exactly. Their menu had plenty of variety with crepes, Wraps, salads, chips and salsa, and paninis. I wanted something light and... More 

Thank Linda C
Dillsboro, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I have frequented this little coffee shop since it opened years ago. It is a quaint coffee shop/café beneath the bookstore. A great place to relax with a cup of coffee and a book, or a quick stop for brunch or lunch. Try the crepes!

Thank HDfans

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 13
American, Cafe, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
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, Takeout, 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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