City Lights Cafe

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 20 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Crepes + 7 more
90% of 11 votes say it's Celiac friendly

3 E Jackson St, Nantahala National Forest, Sylva, NC 28779

(828) 587-2233
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    5 ratingAugust 07, 2016

    I ate at City Lights all through college. I practically survived on it due to limited options on WCU campus. Great food with many options. I recommend the My Big Fat Greek pasta with GF pasta. They have GF desserts as well but they are in case with non-GF items. However, I've never gotten sick due to this. Look out for their GF Strawberry Cream cake! It's amazing! Just make sure you reiterate that you're eating GF. They will take precautions. I had made friends with the cooks there and they would even have me taste test their new GF baked goods for free! Also, there are more GF options on the street below at their sister restaurant Evolution Wine Kitchen.

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    3 ratingJune 21, 2016

    When I discussed cross contamination with the cook, she said the gluten burns off of the cooking surface! After explaining to her that it does not burn off, she told me she would cook the gf crepes on aluminum foil. There are not many choices in a tiny mountain town, so we are there with fingers crossed.

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    5 ratingDecember 29, 2015

    Great service, separate cooking area for GF crepes. Yummy!

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    5 ratingOctober 17, 2015

    Has a delicious beef fajita in a gluten free crepe. Knowledgable about cross contamination. Highly recommend.

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    5 ratingJuly 20, 2015

    crepes are great. breakfast and lattes all day.

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    5 ratingJune 24, 2015

    This is the only restaurant with something for our whole family. My daughter with gluten intolerance ate until she was full and had no stomach problems. As a vegetarian, I had many delicious options. My carnivorous husband had a meat burrito. We even found food for the picky eaters in the family. The prices were great too.

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    5 ratingNovember 22, 2014

    Delicious crepes! Great coffee. Cute atmosphere too.

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    5 ratingAugust 31, 2014

    Awesome for gluten-free options! Everything is clearly labeled as GF or GF option. Mine was served wrapped in aluminum foil, I think to protect it from any cross contamination. I ordered a tex-mex style wrap and it was awesome!

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    4 ratingJuly 23, 2014

    We were on vacation in the smokies and went here for breakfast. I had two crepes. breakfast and dessert. pretty good. I've had better in Las Vegas. But with that being said.... They were good. I didn't get sick. I was full. I recommend this place and try the cinnamon apple crepe. Yummm.

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    5 ratingApril 11, 2014

    Great GF options! We stop here every time we travel through. In fact, we go out of our way to make sure we travel through when we're in the area. Worth it!

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    4 ratingApril 09, 2014

    Relaxing place to have gluten free treats or beer in his quaint mountain town. The day I was there they had gf lavender cupcakes --yum! Enjoyed a gf beer on the sunny patio .

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    4 ratingSeptember 06, 2013

    Glad I found this place while on a road trip. A little off the beaten path, crowded and tight, but good GF food and awesome GF desserts!

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    5 ratingAugust 01, 2013

    Great food. Menu identified with GF, DF, Veg. Helpful staff. Save room for dessert - many (6!) different baked goods to choose from and they tasted great!

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    5 ratingAugust 01, 2013

    Nice and layed back atmosphere with good gf food:-) Nice people too!!! I stop by every time I'm in town:-) You must try it!!!!

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    5 ratingMay 26, 2013

    A rare gem in the smoky mountains!!!! I had a gluten free eggs Benedict crepe. Delicious!!! Any crepe could be made GF and had GF bakery items also!!!

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    5 ratingSeptember 03, 2012

    Fantastic and very friendly. Gluten free bakery items and gluten free items to buy.

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    5 ratingAugust 23, 2011

    City lights cafe is awesome! Sylva is lucky to have such amazing healthy choices of food and they offer a variety of gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Baked Goods
  • Beer
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Crepes
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Vegetarian Friendly
8 am - 9 pm
8 am - 9 pm
8 am - 9 pm
8 am - 9 pm
8 am - 9 pm
8 am - 9 pm
9 am - 3 pm

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