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Tmol Shilshom Cafe

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5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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82 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This cafe gets its points not so much for the food, which is yummy but not gourmet, just nice cafe food. But it has been a home for countless literary events, in more than just Hebrew. Cheers to the owner and cheers to all the writers and the poets, who make this charming cafe, overlooking a courtyard in the middle... More 

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New City, New York
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were very thirsty...maybe because of my cold..or our long plane trip....We requested several glasses of water..which were pleasantly served to us...which we appreciated so much...The food was absolutely delicious, nutritious, served beautifully and thoroughly enjoyed. We had a hot vegetable stew served with quinoa..Excellent...and restorative. The ambiance was an interesting mix..of art, and library..in a quaint setting. Very enjoyable... More 

Thank Barbara B
London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having arrived here on a cold December evening barely able to feel my hands, the cosiness of Tmol Shilshom had me warmed up before I'd even gone near the drink that blew my mind that night. I ordered the Sahlab having never tried it before and can swear it took every ounce of restraint not to order a third after... More 

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Lobos, Argentina
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went for breakfast, the place was full, anyhow our food arrived at a reasonable period of time. It tasted delicious, super fresh, and they prepared it next to you.

Thank Sara C
Mannheim, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tmol Shilshom is both an interesting place (the guests being surrounded by bookshelves) and a great local restaurant with an exciting selection - both the Shakshuka and the Potato Kreplach were amazing, followed by very satisfying banana bread with jam - the best way to end a long (and starving) saturday in Jerusalem.

Thank beingisbewildering
Littleton, Colorado
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a cute, little quaint cafe, off the main street. Food was excellent, not to be missed for authentic culture and food.Staff was very friendly and accomodating!

Thank sarahmills7023
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During my second stay in Israel, I decided to visit Tmol Shilshom again, to show my friend (who visted the first time) their great Shakshouka. The meals were like always very good, though I missed "Moti" the waiter I still have in mind due to his friendliness the last time I visited. All in all, a very charming, relaxing and... More 

Thank Patrick K
Brisbane, Australia
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80 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe came with great reviews so we thought we'd give it a go. The food was pleasant, the ambience nice and the Staff friendly and helpful. The food was nice but I don't think worthy of the acclaim. Not at all bad, just nice. The atmosphere was great but it started to get very noisy so we took out... More 

Thank Sandra B
Washington, DC
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here one morning. Don't miss this place if you are in Jerusalem. The atmosphere is wonderful, very peaceful. The food is DELICIOUS. All sorts of fun Israeli treats. We ordered way too much food and still finished everything!

Thank DCJourney
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106 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is set out really nicely, the staff are really kind, helpful and friendly. The food is also amazing. The gnocchi I ordered just melt in your mouth. I would highly recommend a visit!!!

Thank Kyle M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $22
Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
  • Location: Middle East  >  Israel  >  Jerusalem District  >  Jerusalem
  • Phone Number: +972-26232758
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?