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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The Mistress salad is so tasty! You enjoy your meal in a creative environment inside or outside. Great service and always a pleasure to visit. First time i went up the wrong stairs and entered the balcony of a couple of guys having a barbeque, haha. They friendly pointed out Tmol Shilshom to us :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Madeleine L
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The Mistress salad is so tasty! You enjoy your meal in a creative environment inside or outside. Great service and always a pleasure to visit. First time i went up the wrong stairs and entered the balcony of a couple of guys having a barbeque, haha. They friendly pointed out Tmol Shilshom to us :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My friend and I are working here in Jerusalem and this is our first "go-to" place. With it's old fashioned style, chill music and good coffee, Tmol Shilshom hits pretty high on the list. Lovely service, and I mean, this is a bookshop too, what more do you need in life? Even though it is small, this cafe is very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This place is so damn great. Try their pastas, and soup. Soup is incredible. A bit pricey for the ambiance, but service and food makes it worth every penny.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This restaurant was our introduction to Jerusalem -- absolutely over the top. Attentive personal service, great food -- and the atmosphere was so cosmopolitan in the cozy bookend coffee shop setting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Just returned from 2 weeks in Jerusalem, visiting many old friends and sentimental haunts. I was really disappointed though in most of the cafes and restaurants I used to frequent on Emek Refaim, really not impressed by the food at the new Train Station, underwhelmed by the hip upscale cafes in Mahane Yehuda - I miss the wonderful authentic chaos... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Very tasty Israeli food and drinks in a cosy place. Friendly staff. Try the koshari or the slow-cooked veggie stew, you will love these!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

One of the most special places in jerusalem, great atmosphere, the place is surrendered with lots of books and have a very tasty food, we will returned to the city specially for that place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

"Tmol Shilshom" serves excellent food and that's the most important thing. But as interesting, is the fact that it is a book shop, a cultural center, and a cool place in central Jerusalem. Service is fine, prices are right, location is good. From the first moment I was impressed by the menu. In perfect Hebrew and perfect English. So many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Excellent selections, service, quality and quantity of food. A lovely experience. Must return in near future. No hesitation to recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We have been there on Saturday evening ( they open at 9pm after Shabbat) and they serve shakshuka for dinner as well. They turned such a simple dish to a wonderful meal. The atmosphere, decoration and even the music was great. It's not easy to find it though. There is a small passage from Jaffa road but as I said... More 

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Additional Information about Tmol Shilshom

Address: 5 Yoel Moshe Salomon Street, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
Phone Number: +972 2-623-2758
Location: Middle East  >  Israel  >  Jerusalem District  >  Jerusalem
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 22

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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: Local cuisine, Romantic, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?