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Reviewed February 11, 2020

this is the place for coffee and pastry - off the street and upstairs in cave like atomsphere - the decor is perfect - you will be comfortable and it's charming - the coffee is the best and the selection of patisserie is best in...whole old cityMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed March 8, 2019 via mobile

You can not resist the kindest, sweetest, man, who serves delicious mint tea and wonderful desserts, and will tell you about the beautiful shop, if you ask him. If you don’t take the time, you will miss the most amazing, brief respite, under the walled...city. You should really seek out number 54, for some tea, and look around you at the stone walls and ceiling. What a lovely patisserie!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 5, 2019 via mobile

We stopped at this unique Coffee shop in the Christian Quarter Old City -Jerusalem. The owner was very helpful and friendly we had some delightful pastries and cappuccino. He told us his family has been working here for 300 years great upstairs area. Worth a...visit!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

We loved this beautiful bakery & coffee shop. It has been in business for 300 years with the same family. Great area in the loft to sit, sip, and enjoy your food.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

Delicious sweet delicacies. Superb service. Lovely ambience. We visited regularly during our stay and were never disappointed. The shop next door has excellent savory food (freshly cooked breads with za'atar, cheese, spinach etc) so combined with the baclava, biscuits and giant sesame circles at Shawar,...you have a full meal. Delicious and very friendly. Definitely five stars.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

Friendly, quiet service, air conditioning, delicious Turkish coffee and baked goods, comfortable couches set upstairs and back from the road. A great contrast to the markets of Jerusalem when you need to relax for a moment.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed February 20, 2017

This place is quiet, if anything in the Old City can be said to be. Fresh juices (try the pomegranate!) squeezed then and there, were my husband's favorite, and I loved the coffee!

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed January 7, 2017

Were the cookies I purchased good?...yes, this is why I will not give them one star when I am leaning toward wanting to. Beyond the extreme disrespect that occurred the price for the cookies was far too much. There are numerous institutions that one can...purchase the same quality baked goods for far less the cost. I paid the US equivalent of $21.00 for a very small amount of product. Customer service is not the same in Israel/Jerusalem as you might be used to in other places. Culturally it is simply very different. I do not usually judge on service here the same way I would for example in the states...however this time it must be noted...the man behind the counter was beyond harsh and inappropriate. If you do decide to stop in I would recommend trying the large round flat sesame cookies located to the right when you walk in (can be seen from the window).More

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed December 30, 2015

We tried some Arabic pastries which are very tasty but really overpriced (50 shekels for 4 small pieces of local pastries). We know that we are tourists but it is not a reason why.

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

It offers all kinds of bread, sweets and teas... A very pleasant man greets you as you enter through the glass doors.. The place is quaint and very cozy. Upstairs it's a sitting area with very comfortable seating area to zip your tea and taste...the delicious sweets. It's a must stop in a buzzing part of the old city.. A perfect place to sit and relax without the crowds... ShalomMore

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed November 19, 2015

Agree with the other reviewers. Long day in the Old City. Hungry. And this bakery stood out for its modern glass storefront, clean interior, and delectable looking baked goods. As a bonus it was air conditioned.

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

I usually do not write a lot of reviews. But due to the fact that it was a terrific experience for us, I decided to do so. My reasoning behind it: This is by far the prettiest café and chill-out lounge I have been to...in my recent Jerusalem / Tel-Aviv Business Trip (and in my recent years). Hidden in a busy bazaar road, it is by definition an insiders' tip. The owner (very warm person, well-educated and funny) and the history of the place make it to a MUST SEE and EXPERIENCE in Jerusalem. Coffee is GREAT. Pastries and Cookies are GREAT. Also selected items were offered gluten free, for which I was very astonished. It's quite hard to find gluten free products in Europe. And then finding some for a snack in a Bazaar in Jerusalem? Wow. Seems like ahead of time (in each aspect), but still very authentic and historical. I fully and totally agree with all the other reviewers. And yes, not to forget: Incredibly clean toilet! My girlfriend was very happy about that fact. All in all - you will not be disappointed. I guarantee.More

Date of visit: July 2014
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

After an exhausting day touring Jerusalem, we were walking through the bazaar and noticed this standout bakery. We walked into an incredible old building with gorgeous decor (and air conditioning). We ordered delicious coffee and bought a sampling of pastries, and then headed upstairs to...the beautifully decorated alcove with couches. Two of our seven promptly feel asleep on the couches! Ha! We wanted to let them rest so we went downstairs to ask if we could hang out for a few extra minutes. The owner said he was happy they fell asleep because that meant his place exuded peace. I am so glad we struck up a conversation with him. It turns out the bakery has been in the family for over 300 years. The ovens are over 800 years old. He opened them up for us and we could see the salt on the roof of the ovens. He then pulled out pictures/portraits of his relatives and the bakery and even had one dating back to his great great (great?) grandparents back to the Ottoman Empire! Then we learned about his vision for upgrading the bakery and saw pictures of him turning it from a basic storefront into a wonderful cafe that showcases the beauty and history of the building. It's true what another reviewer said -- an incredible combination of old and new. (And did I mention it was air conditioned ... haha) We found this place by accident but I am writing a review in the hopes others will search out this place. It was a true oasis for us and a highlight of our trip.More

Date of visit: June 2014
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

We loved it and cone back every time when were in the city. Pleasant place with the best cookies around the city.

Date of visit: November 2013
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

an amazing atmosphere inside Shawar's Bakery that its totally a mixture between history and modern with a cultural touch, relaxing place to have a coffee and amazing cookies.

Date of visit: August 2013
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Shawar Coffee Shop and Bakery is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5