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“Good food and vibe combination” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tmol Shilshom Cafe

Tmol Shilshom Cafe
Ranked #9 of 695 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$22
Cuisines: Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: 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.
Germany
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Good food and vibe combination”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

We were looking to escape the Jaffa street heat and crowd for lunch and this charming place was a great find. We shared the sweet potato ravioli and the Greek goddess salad, both were delicious and more than enough to satisfy two hungry ladies. We cooled down with a true Israeli non-alcoholic drink, 'Black Beer’ (excellent!) and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
Along with the food, we checked the secondhand books: mostly popular fiction in English and Hebrew for a fair price.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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3 reviews
“excellent restaurant with great atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

This restaurant is a wonderful place to dine and relax with good food and good atmosphere. The combination of restaurant and a book store works great.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amots M
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Geneva, Switzerland
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119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Nice little secret”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

You will have to look carefully to find it, hidden in a back court, but it's worth it. Nice cozy bookstore like ambiance, funky, it has a real character, service is friendly and relax, food is good. we had the today soup, yummy, and fish. Try the specialities of the house... More local than the tourists restaurants of the neighborhood which all serves burgers...

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Giov63
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

Beautiful place hidden from the noise of the street.
Food was amazing, service was inattentive and very relaxed.
Make an effort and visit !

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JoeC1974
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Milano
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171 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“A very pleasant, alternative corner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

It is located inside an old house with courtyards in the centre of Jerusalem so it may take a couple of minutes to find it (keep asking). However, it is really worth while. It is a cosy, nicely decorated place with both indoor and outdoor tables and it has a romantic, old-fashioned atmosphere. The quality of the food is very good and it includes traditional dishes along with more "usual" ones. All that we tried was good, desserts included. I recommend going there.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nymonica
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