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Tmol Shilshom

5 Yoel Moshe Salomon Street, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel (Down Town East Jeruslaem)
+972 2-623-2758
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Ranked #48 of 458 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $22
Sun - Thu 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Neighborhood: Down Town East Jeruslaem
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: 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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Tmol Shilshom (it is called after a book by Israeli litrature Nobel laureate Sh. Y. Agnon), is a combination of book store with cafe/restaurant. It offers a dairy Khosher menu at thr heart of one of Jerusaems most beutiful areas. We were a party of 5, celebraing. The place is lovely, you can read a book of you like. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

this restaurant is so much more than a place to eat, the atmosphere is calm and warm, the menu is original and provides great options for vegans and vegetarians, both interesting and delicious!! The restaurant also includes an impressive choice of books, placed right up at the side of the table, so that you can read and eat and discuss... More

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Not too far from my Jerusalem home of the Harmony Hotel, tucked away from Yoel Solomon Street there is a restaurant. This restaurant, whose name implies "those were the days", keeps today days alive and well-fed with what I can say is the best meal I have ever eaten. Ever. Upon entering, a diner does go back in time; this... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

It is a bit hard to find and there was a noisy construction site nearby, but still place is magical. Food is fresh and delicious, service is nice and we really loved it there. Try shakshukas for a jumpstart of your busy day in glorious Jerusalem.

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Oberlin, Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The cafe is hidden in the city center, the decoration is super classy!! You should come to visit even if you don't plan to eat here. Tmol Shishom serves great pasta, and coffee of course. I enjoy to spend time here and do some reading. The Cafe itself has a lot stories, with poets, artists, the moment I sit there... More

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New York City
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This restaurant, so redolent of the West Bank in Paris, is a library, book store and restaurant combined into one. It is on an upper floor in a building in the Nachalat Shiva section of Jerusalem. The food is always fresh, and a wide range of dairy dishes are served. Service is excellent without being hovering. Prices are good, and... More

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49 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Warm and friendly with shelves full of books Tmol Shilshom is both a literary and culinary pleasure. Both the vegan and non-vegan Shakshukas are excellent, the coffee is good and the puddings are creative as well as delicious. This is a very vegan friendly place.

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Holon, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Very intimate and small restaurant/ cafe. Unique dishes like purple ravioli and great shakshuka. The service is very attentive and personal. They have books aswell, and you can spend fantastic afternoon all by yourself, with nice food and book.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Tmol Shilshom takes me back to the kind of cafes I first discovered in the early 1980s. It is homey, retro and delicioius. A great escape from the midday heat too.

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Reno, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

While in Jerusalem a FB friend encouraged us to try out Tmol Shishom - both a wonderful restaurant and used bookstore! One of the best meals in Jerusalem and the beverage Sahlab is amazing. Exotic and sweet like the land of milk and honey.

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