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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.

Food
“Grab a seat by the river with a nice cold beer! There is also a food truck on site.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“is known for its out-of-the-ordinary eclectic fare, great service, and consistency, provided in an edgy, retro atmosphere. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cinema
“Lazy Hiker Brewery (based in Franklin NC) has recently opened a taproom within Mad Batter in downtown Sylva.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
“Guadalupes is one of our favorites. They have good Spanish/Hippy fusion foods, beer, and wine!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
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“Cafe with counter service. Great for Sunday brunch! They have everything from small bite, full plates, excellent desserts, coffee, wine - you name it! They are also connected to an excellent independent bookstore. Open 8am-9pm, Monday - Saturday, and 9am-3pm on Sundays. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Closest grocery store to us, it has all the essentials you might need to cook all of your meals in our fully equipped kitchen!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Our cabin is located in a dry county, but there are craft brewers in the other neighboring counties. This one is quite good.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Book Store
“One of 3 of our locally owned book shops right in downtown Sylva, this store offers a great used selection and a large "Regional/Local" room.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Patio seating by the creek is wonderful during the summer. Some indoor seating available. I thoroughly enjoy the seafood/oyster dinner.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Lounge
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“A true neighborhood bar. Serves cocktails and beer, usually has one item for dinner or breakfast. If you like your bars DARK and on the hipster side, this is the place for you.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“"We pride ourselves on being a unique tea house and bistro nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Sylva, NC. Our mission is simple, to infuse souls with love. Feel the love with a wide variety of organic loose leaf teas and food items, including vegan and vegetarian options. Indulge yourself with a dessert, or relax and unwind with a local craft beer or glass of wine. Most of all, make yourself at home and become part of the Soul Family. "”
  • 3 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“In Sylva for over 40 years. An old-school pizza place. Nice vibe and a great place.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Our library is part of a complex that includes a renovation of the Jackson County Courthouse which was built in 1919. The courthouse was rennovated in 2012 and is now has a theater, meeting rooms and offices for the arts council and geneological society. ”
  • 5 locals recommend