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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was great and the waitress was very nice, we really enjoyed the ben & jerry's milkshake. Lots of love from the Netherlands ❤️(Fryslân boppe)

Thank Edgar v
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cafe, by far, has been one of the best places where my husband and I had a legendary breakfast among hundreds of books and tasteful decor. The breakfast was amazing and fulfilling in every way. Shakshuka was flawless along with everything that came. The staff was friendly and warm. So, what more can one ask? However, it's a little... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing atmosphere , nice people, excellent food, such a great place to hang!! I love the menu, each cover is different and the design is like a script for play!

Thank Charis C
Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been in Jerusalem for less than a week and we have been here twice. There are four of us and we tried all of the different types of shakshuka. We loved them all, but my favorite was the one prepared "Libanese" style. Also, the salmon dish was excellent.

Thank sgreenberg99
Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

"Tmol Shilshom" is always a nice place to entertain. It's a place with a pleasant atmosphere and delicious food. Especially interesting cultural events are held there. I recently attended a meeting with Judge Dalia Dorner. It was a fascinating evening. The evenings are led by David Ehrlich who has founded the place.

Thank idahan1
Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice place A rich menu Amateur and slow service Affordable prices There is nothing special except the sight of the place

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely dinner with my boyfriend while visiting Jerusalem for two days. The place is a bit hidden, but not THAT difficult to find, and once you do - its a real gem! Many books, great (exceptional!) service, very nice food & cocktails. We had shakshuka and some snacks - not disappointed at all! :)

Thank Kamile J

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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
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?