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Shem Tov Cafe

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Haeshkol 4 Machane Yehuda | In the Center of Machane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem 11111, Israel
+972 50-979-1035
1:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 1:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu 1:00 am - 10:00 am
Sat 1:00 am - 9:00 pm
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New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed a private cooking lesson with Kobi at the Shem Tov restaurant. It was part of a tour of the Mahane Yehuda market. He was warm and friendly and took us step by step through a delicious meal, starting with an explanation of the fish, vegetables and spices that come from the market. After we cooked, we sat... More 

Thank evrybodysima
Sussya, Israel
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2015

We visited here, myself, my daughters and my granddaughter. The food was made freshly, the barman/owner gave helpful suggestions and advice and was very accommodating with my grand daughter. Although a bit oily, we enjoyed the place and the atmosphere. We would go again.

Thank Colleen B
Jerusalem, Israel
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2015

This place is awesome!!! Excellent local beers! the was simple and tasty. The manager was really kind and generous. We will come back!

2 Thank Yair P
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

Found this small cafe/restaurant by accident on the edge of Mahane Yehuda market. The welcome and service was really warm and friendly. The new owner (of three months) came over to chat and the waitress explained Israeli beers to us and let us taste. The All Day Breakfast, still being served at 9 pm, was huge and fantastic value. Our... More 

2 Thank boudiccaLondon
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2015

We went to Shem Tov's as part of an Israeli/Moroccan cooking workshop. We had a great time. The chef Adi was friendly and interesting, and explained exactly what he was doing to create our wonderful dishes - Moroccan fish, tabuli salad, matbucha (hot and spicy delicious), and tahini. All ingredients were fresh from the shuk (marketplace where the restaurant is... More 

1 Thank Aaron G
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2015

I had high expectations from the reviews of this perfectly average cafe. The mushroom fettucine had perhaps one thinly sliced mushroom in it, nice pasta, nothing special. The shakshuka,again, perfectly ordinary, could make it better at home. Greek salad wasn't particularly appetizing, OK. The "Frena" bread is thick and heavy. The beer on tap was excellent (Shapira) and the service... More 

1 Thank GreenJ
Tel Aviv
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2015

I go to restaurants a lot and mostly they are high class restaurants, but when I was on Mahane Yehuda market I have stumbled upon Shem Tov caffe/restaurant which I absolutely loved. I was so impressed by the freshness of their food, but it all became clear when I was told that they buy all the ingredients right there, on... More 

2 Thank Yourangell
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2015

When i visit Israel I insist on having my coffees at Shem Tov. This is my home cafe, and such a chilled place to meet friends and make new friends. good food, goof coffee, cool people and still open for a late night cap.

2 Thank datkidjohnny
Jerusalem, Israel
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Quaint cafe located in the center of the bustling shuk. I had my first sachlav and it was delicious!

2 Thank FunInJerusalem2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

My boyfriend and I passed by The Shem Tov Cafe initially but I saw the inside was really young and trendy compared to other places in Mahane Yehuda. It was all wood with colorfully printed pillows, and a really relaxing-looking patio/bar. We were greeted by a really nice waitress and she took us to one of the only patio table... More 

3 Thank karen s

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $11
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
1:00 am - 6:00 pm
1:00 am - 6:00 pm
1:00 am - 6:00 pm
1:00 am - 10:00 am
1:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Haeshkol 4 Machane Yehuda | In the Center of Machane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem 11111, Israel
  • Location: Middle East  >  Israel  >  Jerusalem District  >  Jerusalem
  • Phone Number: +972 50-979-1035
Shem Tov Cafe sits nestled on a side street adjacent to the famous Mahane Yehuda Market. Shem Tov Cafe is a trendy cafe-bar that serves Israeli cuisine, such as shakshuka, a variety of quiches, a divine selection of sandwiches and focaccia pizzas with unique combinations of flavors, and more. While you dine-in, you have to try the shakshuka hummus, it is a surprisingly impressive combination of flavors that will leave you asking for more. The Shem Tov Cafe also has a variety of traditional cafe drinks and local Israeli beers to go with your meal. With every cafe drink here, we serve a complimentary cookie with quite the story to go with it! The tradition in the market tells that the cookies in the Shem Tov Cafe are blessed by the markets old wise mekubal and he blesses them for good health, a long loving relationship, and a fruitful life. Come to the Shem Tov cafe to relax and enjoy a meal and a drink with your friends and family at the freshest, hippest place in Mahane Yehuda Market.

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