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Tmol Shilshom Cafe

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5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
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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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Lobos, Argentina
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

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
Reviewed March 15, 2017

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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017

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 sarah7023
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 4, 2017

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
Reviewed March 3, 2017 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
Reviewed March 3, 2017

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
Reviewed February 27, 2017 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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Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

Best local cuisine and warmest service ever. Recommend: shakshuka, humus, fish, soups and deserts Place is full of locals and tourists. Regardless of noise and a lot of people stuff smile and provide service of top quality. And - it a holly land for vegetarians and vegans Ok - local wine and perfect lava cake ( chocolate fondant ) makes... More 

Thank R3625AT_
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2017

This is a great, cozy place. Mostly a cafe with breakfast and dairy food. I am always excited by the menu, but sometimes the food doesn't live up to expectations. e.g. I would not recommend the snicker's hot cocoa drink as it was very very peanut buttery. The shakshuka was also a little bit disappointing. Setting and service make up... More 

Thank SF_Travels_Now
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2017

This is a perfect place in a very complicated city. Imagine having a delicious meal with friends in a book-lover's house. That's what the experience is like.

Thank glynnstein

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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
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?