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Tmol Shilshom Cafe

5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon, Jerusalem 9463305, Israel
+972 2-623-2758
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“shakshuka” (89 reviews)
“soups” (21 reviews)
Open Now
08:30 - 23:30All hours
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 1 January 2017 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.

Thank Justina H
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We were looking for real Israeli food and based on some reviews here we ended up at this restaurant on Christmas day. We realised it was more "the place to be seen" by the locals. The food was tasteless, I was extremely dissapointed wirh a...More

Thank NottinghamSilvita
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

On a cold Jerusalem night there is nothing better than heading to the Tmol Shilshom cafe. This cosy cafe is a gem with a small but great selection of vegetarian food. Be sure to order the soup and if you can't decide which flavour, you...More

1  Thank Susie2604
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Very cosy and welcoming place. Serves delicious local food and wine. Waiters are very friendly and prices are very reasonable. We loved the shakshouk and hot sangria.

Thank RiaD10
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Tastless food horrific service. We had shakshuka which was tasteless and the worst weve had in israel and a sandwhich which was warm but not cooked through. Waiter had to be hassled half to death to place order, he forgot one of the items, asked...More

Thank Iheartactuaries
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

The place is very cozy, trendy but authentic. Food is great, typical and fresh. Staff is young and welcoming. Smooth as silk, a local classic!

Thank eliandric
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

A fitting hang out for one of Israel's greatest poets. The food is varied and delicious with many choices for vegans and vegetarians.

Thank Bruce G
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Each menu has quotations and biographical info about a different Israeli writer. The placemats give info about Agnon and his famous work with the same title as the restaurant. We ordered multiple salads and main courses. All were excellent. I particularly enjoyed the sahalab, (A...More

Thank Shakespeare_fan
Reviewed 21 December 2016

I went here for coffee and books and found much more! They have good tea and coffee but also GF dishes, always a plus for me. The atmosphere was pleasant and friendly. Prices were reasonable. I will return!

Thank mfeist
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

I go to Tmol Shlilshom often- for their shakshukas and drinks! Their winter drink menu is unique but a mocha never ceases to satisfy. Their waiters are helpful and the ambience is cozy and inviting. Check out their book collection!

Thank israelgirl_48
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Does this place take credit cards?
8 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, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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 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.
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