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Things to do in Bryson City

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beer Shop
“This brewery provides tours & tastings, plus a rustic taproom with draft beers & regular live music. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
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“By far the best food in the area. The Everett Bistro also offers fantastic service, a cozy atmosphere, delicious craft cocktails & wine list, and wonderful food in a historic downtown building (be sure to check out the vault in the main dining room).”
  • 33 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Authentic hand-tossed pizza, burgers, homemade dinners, appetizers, subs, paninis, salads & desserts. Large selection of craft, imported and domestic beers; full bar and wine. Inside and covered outdoor dining; with relaxed lounge seating areas in Derailed Bar. Free wifi. Across from train depot. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Enjoy classic Italian favorites served in a rustic yet refined atmosphere. Full lunch and dinner menus with daily evening specials. Full bar and extensive wine list.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A traditional style breakfast and lunch featuring daily specials as well as a variety of sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and desserts. Hours of operation: Monday - Saturday, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm; Sunday, 7:30 am - 2:00 pm.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Offering both lunch and dinner in a casual and inviting atmosphere on Main Street, Jimmy Mac's features a full menu including soups, salads, appetizers, burgers, steaks, seafood and more.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Located in the center of downtown Bryson City, the brewery has indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on a covered rooftop terrace with a beautiful view of the Tuckasegee River and the mountains surrounding the town. The brewery currently has a number of beers on tap, a hard cider on tap, and a variety of wines, sodas, tea, and coffee. Several local restaurants offer food delivery to your table. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Fresh made to order sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts, and outstanding customer service make High Test Deli & Sweet Shop your first choice for quality dining in Bryson City. Limited outdoor, pet-friendly dining as well as indoor dining room and take out/delivery. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm, closed on Sundays. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Store
“This is not only a great local shop, but they also rent out paddle boards, kayaks and can help guide you on hikes. They have an attached tap room with plenty of seating outdoors and different food trucks throughout the week. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“Custom roasted coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, freezes and master blended teas. Great selection of gourmet wraps, salads, quiche, vegetarian and gluten free dishes and soup. Also handmade bagels and tasty cream cheeses, muffins, baked goods and bagel or croissant sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi. Eat in, on the porch, or carry out. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Locally owned and operated pizzeria and grill. We offer only the highest quality ingredients and serve hand crafted beers in a unique setting.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Authentic Mexican fare, full bar and lively atmosphere. Private rooms available for all your celebrations. Open daily all year for lunch and dinner. 11am-2:30 pm lunch and 5 pm-10 pm for dinner.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
“Our daughters love this place! Ladies apparel and accessories, upscale home accents, bath and body products, candles, gourmet gifts, jewelry, baby items and specialty chocolates.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“this is a locally sourced farm to table brew/pub. the wait can be long but food is good and you can bring your pup if you sit outdoors. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“If you are interested in learning about the history of the area, you should head to the Swain County Heritage Museum. Located in the 1908 historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City, the museum tells the story of Swain County and its people. Through photos, exhibits and video you will learn about the life of early settlers; and how the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fontana Dam rewrote the landscape and changed lives.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Train Station
“Polar Express Rides, beer and wine tours, fantastic view of the Great Smokey Mountains”
  • 42 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bed & Breakfast
“By far the best food in the area. The Everett Bistro also offers fantastic service, a cozy atmosphere, delicious craft cocktails & wine list, and wonderful food in a historic downtown building (be sure to check out the vault in the main dining room).”
  • 33 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Authentic hand-tossed pizza, burgers, homemade dinners, appetizers, subs, paninis, salads & desserts. Large selection of craft, imported and domestic beers; full bar and wine. Inside and covered outdoor dining; with relaxed lounge seating areas in Derailed Bar. Free wifi. Across from train depot. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Enjoy classic Italian favorites served in a rustic yet refined atmosphere. Full lunch and dinner menus with daily evening specials. Full bar and extensive wine list.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A traditional style breakfast and lunch featuring daily specials as well as a variety of sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and desserts. Hours of operation: Monday - Saturday, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm; Sunday, 7:30 am - 2:00 pm.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Offering both lunch and dinner in a casual and inviting atmosphere on Main Street, Jimmy Mac's features a full menu including soups, salads, appetizers, burgers, steaks, seafood and more.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Fresh made to order sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts, and outstanding customer service make High Test Deli & Sweet Shop your first choice for quality dining in Bryson City. Limited outdoor, pet-friendly dining as well as indoor dining room and take out/delivery. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm, closed on Sundays. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Custom roasted coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, freezes and master blended teas. Great selection of gourmet wraps, salads, quiche, vegetarian and gluten free dishes and soup. Also handmade bagels and tasty cream cheeses, muffins, baked goods and bagel or croissant sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi. Eat in, on the porch, or carry out. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Locally owned and operated pizzeria and grill. We offer only the highest quality ingredients and serve hand crafted beers in a unique setting.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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