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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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Alicante, Spain
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Relaxed atmosphere, the food is always good and portions more than enough. Usually we take some home. My only small complaint was that the food doesn't always come at the same time for the individuals at the same table. This can be annoying. But the staff are always friendly and helpful.

Thank amos39
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful little cafe tucked away down an alley and up the stairs, but worth the hunt. Very good friendly service and a delicious breakfast dish that you can eat for lunch, that they are known for. Nice break when you are in the neighborhood

Thank kbatlanta
Irvine, CA
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My dining experience in no way matches the high ratings on this site. Dinner service was slow and unattentive. I had to keep waving down the waitress to get what was needed. My table was not even brought a menu nor water until I asked. Iraqi cheese appetizer was hard and tasted stale. Appetizer was also served without any water... More 

Thank KonaMona2
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The cafe is a little bit hidden. Everything seems to be made with love and they have awesome shakshuka! Definitive would come back here

Thank Micha S
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this place is an absolute gem, lovely and cozy, so much that you want to stay forever and enjoy the atmosphere. food is delicious, make sure to taste their own brand wine.

Thank Al L
Cape Town
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a good find. Old charming library rooms with fantastic food and great ambiance. This was an unusual place as it had two large rooms, both of which had books and leather chairs and a feeling of being in a study of an old family relative.There is also a small courtyard under the trees, all of which is very unusual... More 

Thank Mark G
Jerusalem, Israel
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

O my word!! What a gem of a cafe!!! Absolutely superb food! I LOVE lasagna & eat it at every possible opportunity - I have never tasted one as delicious as this!!! Go there, eat & enjoy!!!

Thank Siani5
Richmond, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just the kind of place I would frequent at home, if it still existed here. I had a lentil pilaf with tahini sauce--very tasty. It's cozy, the staff are friendly, there are books on the shelves to peruse.

Thank F1resign
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a pleasure to sit down and absorb the old feeling of being at a place that is so rich in historic environment. The food is not bad either. Just take your time. Better if time is shared with good company .I was there by myself so I was observing other eaters-they had good time and chew at leisure.

Thank Uriel1123
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Shakshuka makes tasteless fresh lemonade into sweet drink. This is one of kind experience of not being forgetting after years and years. Excellent place for a breakfast and lunch too.

Thank rushes99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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