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Tmol Shilshom Cafe

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5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
+972 2-623-2758
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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's far more common to have a Bat Mitzvah in venues like the Synagogue, a communal hall or in the family home if it lends itself to such an affair. This Bat Mitzvah was held in a restaurant in a unique location in Jerusalem known as the neighborhood, Nahalat Shiva. This very special place just outside the walls of Jerusalem,... More 

Thank joymr2017
Paramus, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for a lovely and quant restaurant with a delicious dairy/vegetarian menu then this is the place for you in Jerusalem. I went with my sister, by chance, because I had received 2 coupons for free coffee at this restaurant. We were not disappointed. There were many interesting choices but the waiter suggested a sampling of the3... More 

Thank Phyllis201
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The beet gnocci with cream cheese filling ("Danny the red") and the Halva parfait were the best things we ate on our trip to Israel. The rest of the food was great too. Good location, good service. Overall very good experience.

Thank ihod
Jerusalem, Israel
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed having breakfest and dinner at this place the service was very good and I loved all the books around me. gives you the feeling that you are intelligent... ha!

Thank Itamar_Ben_David
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I make sure to have coffee and meals at Tmol Shilshom (a Hebrew phrase meaning something like "the good old days" and the title of a brilliant novel by the Nobel prizewinner S. Y. Agnon) every time I visit Israel. Tmol is a gem of a cafe, charming, intimate, with elegant arches and a picturesque patio, conveniently near to the... More 

Thank Michael W
Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had heard about this restaurant but never tried it before. I wish we had. My gnocchi were delicious My wife's eggplant sandwich was good, but not great. Our dessert was absolutely spectacular. However good the food was, you're there for the atmosphere. Despite the casual service, you hardly mind because everyone is so friendly and happy. Btw, if someone... More 

Thank brazilconsultant
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, cozy atmosphere, books, tea and wine. What else could you ask for? We tried the daily special- ravioli with goat cheese and beetroot gnocchi, both delicious! The rest of the food also looked amazing, especially the soups. I hope to go back soon.

Thank Oana B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for breakfast and we're not disappointed. We ordered the shakshuka w/ red peppers and eggplant and also came with salad, bread, coffee and juice. This some of the best shakshuka we've had so far in Israel and highly recommend this place. It's tucked away and a little hard to find, but worth the walk if you're nearby.

Thank Mario T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The servers here are super accommodating, friendly and helpful. They know exactly when to assist you and when not to bother you. The cozy ambience of the place is also perfect for those who want to have a quiet conversation with a close friend or just sit down and read. The only downside perhaps is that it's a bit too... More 

Thank NoelO4
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food didn't taste good, the menu is mostly pasta - not very authentic. All dishes were really boring and without taste. However the people were really lovely that's why we 2 stars.

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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, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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 2-623-2758
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?