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Tmol Shilshom

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5 Yoel Moshe Salomon Street, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
+972 2-623-2758
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7:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: An old time dairy bookstore cafe restaurant in the city center, Tmol...
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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 101
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A personal favorite

I studied abroad in Jerusalem and after a friend brought me here I couldn't stay away. With a calm vibe that screams hip, Tmol Shilshom is a perfect place to do homework, take a date to dinner, or just grab coffee with friends. Not only is the food delicious (I recommend the sweet potato ravioli... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
matangoodblatt
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Eugene, Oregon
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Eugene, Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I studied abroad in Jerusalem and after a friend brought me here I couldn't stay away. With a calm vibe that screams hip, Tmol Shilshom is a perfect place to do homework, take a date to dinner, or just grab coffee with friends. Not only is the food delicious (I recommend the sweet potato ravioli), the atmosphere is delightful and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We were 7 people who landed here without a reservation on a freezing cold night. Even though they had a function looming they kindly sat us in their function room and served us quickly with beautiful fresh soups and pastas. Such a gorgeous unique and quaint location!

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Bali, Indonesia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The food is amazing, delicious vegetarian dishes. We went twice it was so good. The staff were helpful, great atmosphere surrounded by books. Slightly hard to find if you are coming from Yaffo Street but a great find!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere is lovely, but it is the food that sets it apart. We had the sweet potato ravioli, beet gnocchi and vegetable stew, followed by a wonderful mango cheesecake. So good we will be returning for dinner tonight!

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Machu Piccho, Cusco, Peru
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59 reviews 59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Restaurant surrounded by shelves and shelves of books, old stone walls and cosie wooden tables. Very nice humble atmosphere, service is warm and the food is homie. It's vegetarian, but good for everyone. The triple cheese lasagna is good, and the sweet potato ravioli are good and fresh. They also have a nice selection of homie deserts. Really worth the... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This restaurant is a little hard to find since it is in a corner of a courtyard. It is very cozy, with baskets of books and magazines scattered around. The food is outstanding and the prices moderate. I recommend the shakshouka.

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Oxford, UK
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

As this cafe was near to our hotel, we ducked in for a cup of tea in the afternoon. Falling in love with the atmosphere, we checked the menu and decided to return for dinner. The food was delicious! I had the famed Shakshuka (which was the best I've had), and my husband had the slow cooked vegetable stew with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This place is off the beaten path, not hard to find, and has a unique personality. The air is filled with chatter and good smells. Books line the walls, and chairs are around to sit in and relax. If you want to sip coffee and read a book, or go on a unique date, this is for you.

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Turin, Italy
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283 reviews 283 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Very nice location, close to Jaffa street. A bit difficult to find, inside a small entrance. As the said they do truly have the best shakshukas .... it remembers me when my grandma was cooking eggs in a vety similar way. Very nice young and informal atmosphere inside.... also not expensive at all. Our waiter was a joung lady always... More 

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
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21 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Homey feeling, this place is filled with books. On friday mornings they have a nice buffet breakfast. I recommend the soup.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 Yoel Moshe Salomon Street, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
  • Location: Middle East  >  Israel  >  Jerusalem District  >  Jerusalem
  • Phone Number: +972 2-623-2758

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 22

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am

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