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Tmol Shilshom Cafe

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5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
19:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 08:30 - 23:30
Fri 08:30 - 16:00
Sat 19:00 - 00:00
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6 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I visited Tmol Shilshom on the day after the seventh day of Passover for dinner! As the kitchen was just swinging back into action, they were understandably not able to offer many of the items on their menu. The staff were incredibly friendly & made sure to explain this to us, and many of the diners were very understanding to... More 

Thank Amelia C
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The place was hard to find as the entrance is round the back, but thoroughly worth it once we got there. A mixed party of vegan, vegetarian and "normal", which would be a problem in a lot of places, but not here. Food was great, waiter was friendly and helpful, the ambience is quirky and fun. The bookshop is fine... More 

Thank tim m
Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A hard to find small restaurant off the main drag...You go into a small alleyway, up some stairs and you are transported to an era of books, deep chairs and great food. Definitely worth the hunt to find it!

Thank lloydray
Buenos Aires, AR
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great option for breakfast, they serve a great breakfast menu where particularly the shakshuka shines. They had the best shakshuka that we had in all our visit to Israel.

Thank Patricio L
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best breakfast EVER! Delicious food, great staff, a bit hard to find, but well worth it! The Shakshuka is the best I have ever had.

Thank Elena K
Montclair, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We turned the corner into a dark alley and wondered where the heck the restaurant was. Then we saw the entrance and with trepidation went up the stairs into the space. We entered a uniquely different environment and felt like we were in someones Jerusalem home. The patrons were locals, not tourists, sitting casually enjoying their time and relaxed. The... More 

Thank adrmd1
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is very special -- a cozy cafe that's the heart of Israel's cultural and intellectual scene. It's a highlight of any thinking person's visit to Jerusalem. Tucked away in a charming back alley, you'll find a charming space, surrounded by an eclectic collection of books for sale. The menu consists of creative vegetarian and fish options -- comfort... More 

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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Serves the traditional Shaksuka, but we had two different types of gnocchi (four choices were available). The pesto gnocchi, though simple, was very tasty, and our favourite, whilst the basil and tomato was also very nice. Also had the best chocolate fondant we've had - absolutely delicious. Cost for the two pastas, shared dessert and one hot drink was 167... More 

Thank jenw83s
Tel Aviv, Israel
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85 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

This cafe gets its points not so much for the food, which is yummy but not gourmet, just nice cafe food. But it has been a home for countless literary events, in more than just Hebrew. Cheers to the owner and cheers to all the writers and the poets, who make this charming cafe, overlooking a courtyard in the middle... More 

Thank yidonit
New City, New York
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We were very thirsty...maybe because of my cold..or our long plane trip....We requested several glasses of water..which were pleasantly served to us...which we appreciated so much...The food was absolutely delicious, nutritious, served beautifully and thoroughly enjoyed. We had a hot vegetable stew served with quinoa..Excellent...and restorative. The ambiance was an interesting mix..of art, and library..in a quaint setting. Very enjoyable... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 22
Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 16:00
19:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
  • Location: Middle East  >  Israel  >  Jerusalem District  >  Jerusalem
  • Phone Number: +972-26232758
An old time dairy bookstore cafe restaurant in the city center, Tmol Shilshom is a popular, kosher culinary and cultural institution favored for its warm ambiance, delicious food, plethora of books and very friendly service. The cafe is well known for its delicious dishes including their famous shakshuka, a favorite amongst tourists, along with the salmon fillet in fig sauce, The Lover Salad and the cheese cake. It is located in a 150-year-old building and hosts readings by Israel's best-known writers. Tmol Shilshom is named after Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon's novel (translated as "Those Were the Days"). It is open Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 am to 11:30 pm, Friday until before Shabbat and Saturday from after Shabbat.

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