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Tmol Shilshom Cafe

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5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
08:30 - 23:30
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Sun - Thu 08:30 - 23:30
Fri 08:30 - 16:00
Sat 19:00 - 00:00
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Weert, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice cosy place to go for breakfast. The recommended Shakshuka was fantastic! A big surprise if you never have tasted it before ;)

Thank Nick_NL
Cologne, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place offers great beverages and ... very nice desserts. Of course the menu sounds (and it is tastefull too) interesting and inviting. The service is friendly and helpfull. I also like the atmosphere. Pricely fair.

Thank Reckless_V-o-L
Saint John
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83 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Tricky to find off Jaffa St but well sign posted. Was busy on Wednesday night but got a table easy enough Good atmosphere waiter a little neglectful but okay. Main complaint was the food. Ordered a meal but lacked flavour, but it came with a large salad bowl of....get this, tomato and cucumber...what you get in a falafel and other... More 

Thank heydd55
Jerusalem, Israel
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They have open mikes, poetry slams, and more. This sweet place has a lot of culture. Great food. Lots of books.

Thank jennabasman
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have lived in Jerusalem for close to 20 years. I consider Tmol Shilshom one of the two best restaurants in the city (close behind Café de Paris). Warm, welcoming, friendly atmosphere--like you are dining in a friend's house--with comfortable, "living room" furniture, books to leaf through all over the walls and especially friendly staff. Very reasonable prices and terrific... More 

Thank Sidney V
Jerusalem, Israel
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

While the ambiance and atmosphere are nice, the food is nothing to write home about. It is a great place to just sit, perhaps if you need a quiet corner with your laptop. However, there are many more places that serve similar, better food.

Thank Ari Z
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled upon the place by chance and fell for it right away: nice atmosphere and superb service. Had a honest coffee and some carrot bread (meh!). Got a brand new ballpoint pen when I needed it most.

Thank ilpuca
Jerusalem, Israel
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Party of 16 seated without a problem. Service was phenomenal and food was awesome!

Thank ifiorentino23
Bridgewater, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service. Cozy ambiance and perfect first night in Jerusalem. Fantastic vegetable stew and shakshuka.

Thank Ebdsmom
Thornhill, Ontario
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

had a great dinner at his café, Lasagna was perfect as was the Greek salad. Went with a group of people everyone was pleased with their choices. Highly recommend this café.

Thank J L

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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
US$10 - US$22
Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 23:30
08:30 - 16:00
19:00 - 00:00
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?