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“Fabulous”
Review of Tmol Shilshom Cafe

Tmol Shilshom Cafe
Ranked #7 of 716 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $22
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

I just had to comment on this restaurant as my husband and I were so impressed with this little gem of a restaurant that I felt I had to share our impressions. Such a pleasure to find a restaurant in Jerusalem which makes you feel part of the city and not just another tourist in a boring cafe that could be anywhere. If you want something a bit different and delicious, go here. A helpful tip to finding this little place is to go to The Harmony hotel and look for a sign pointing you in the right direction. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  • Visited December 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“atmosphere”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

The atmosphere is indeed unbeatable - beautiful setting (like a free library and often offers lectures and events), quaintly ancient room, unique dishes. But, the food itself is just ok, so is the service.

Visited January 2012
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Tel Aviv
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Too expensive”
Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

I was there with my girlfriend and my parents, the taste and the service were very good but the price was a little bit expensive. Not to mention 30-50 shekels for parking.

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
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“Enjoy a Book with Dinner”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

A charming cafe and restaurant in west Jersualem that serves beverages and good food in an unpretentious literary atmosphere. This should be on the intinerary for writer-travellers. You can come for a coffee or full dinner. I gather it has a long history with Jewish writers. The interior dining room feels like an old, well used library room. I sat at the "Agnon" table. Amos Oz and David Grossman mention Tmol Shilshom in some of their books. Allow extra time to find it; it is really difficult to locate in Jerusalem's maze-like streets and alleys. Particulary if you don't know Hebrew. Address if 5 Yoel Moshe Salomon St. If you persist in your search and find it, you'll be glad you did. Outdoor seating when it's warm. Prices are reasonable.

  • Visited October 2012
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Haifa
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163 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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“Cafe with character but mostly the bustling young crowd”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Inliked the charm of an old building, the staff were nice bohemian. It can be a bit noisy with the younger crowd but overall good atmosphere in central location

Visited January 2012
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