City Lights Cafe in Sylva, NC was created as a community gathering place & eatery in the heart of downtown Sylva, NC.
History: Derived from the adjacent City Lights Bookstore, the name "City Lights" has a rich history in the town. Locals and vistors alike have frequented the bookstore for new & used books, gifts and literary events. The adjacent Cafe has provided delicious food and drink with a local focus - a great complement to the bookstore.
The New City Lights Cafe Menu: The cafe was reopened in April 2011 to provide "Quick, tasty and healthy" fare, and a complement of unique decadent menu items to satisfy any palate. On the beverage side, CIty Lights Cafe offers a unique selection of organic wines, bottled beer and local beer on tap from Sylva's own Heinzelmannchen Brewery. Local coffee partner, Tribal Grounds, provides organic beans and espresso to the cafe. Each day, a choice of house blend, a special guest blend and decaf is offered, in addition to an array of Lattes, Cappuccinos, and other frothy drinks.
City Lights Gathering Place: The cafe offers an array of perks for patrons to gather including a 22-seat, dog-friendly outdoor patio, free wi-fi, space for groups, a rotating local art gallery and designated area for Open Mic night and live music. Literary events are held in the adjacent bookstore, with combined events and promotions in the works.
Menu Variations & Options:
We provide a wide array of crepes, paninis, soups, salads, desserts, beer, wine & coffee. Many of our ingredients and menu items are locally sourced and organically produced. We offer vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free options. Keep in mind that cross-contamination with traditional wheat flours can occur in the air and on surfaces, which means that people who are extremely gluten intolerant are not fully protected. We do offer a vegan chili and baked good which are prepared in a safe and certified kitchen. Ask our staff about these items.