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Tmol Shilshom Cafe

) #6 of 595 Restaurants in Jerusalem $$ - $$$, Cafe, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
+972 2-623-2758
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“shakshuka” (82 reviews)
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Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
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Reviewed yesterday

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....More

Thank KonaMona2
Reviewed yesterday 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
Reviewed 2 days ago

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
Reviewed 4 days 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...More

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 5 days 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
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
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...More

Thank Uriel1123
Reviewed 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cute old bookshop themed restaurant upstairs in a trendy street. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Excellent cocktails. For starters we had some dips, tapenade and tahini - really good. Mains were Danny Red - very light stuffed gnocchi and a very tasty salad consisting...More

Thank icepick48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I returned here and found that I continue to be delighted by the high quality, healthy food, good wait staff while also getting a good value for the shekel. They offer great and delicious choices for Vegans.

Thank Adiva S
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Does this place take credit cards?
9 September 2016|
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Response from draghignazzo | Reviewed this property |
Is it possible to reserve a table for a party of 12?
12 August 2016|
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Response from Musas90 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure yes, they have nice place for 12 friends, enjoy
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$22
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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 2-623-2758
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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.