A Jerusalem institution, thick with atmosphere, this is one of the best vegetarian choices in town. It’s also an unofficial social club, a place where people come during off-hours to sit and talk over coffee or a glass of wine. Many stay through dinner so they can order steaming bowls of soups, salads, a slice of hefty lasagna, or shakshuka (a spicy Jerusalem home-style tomato-and-egg casserole). The daily menu ranges from excellent fillet of Denis from the Red Sea served on a bed of couscous to homemade bread with lox and cream cheese. Fabulous cakes and Ben & Jerry’s ice creams are added pluses; recently, the chef has been printing out her recipes for such treats as crispy quinoa cakes as an added incentive to stop by. Set in a 19th-century house with rooms lined with used books, the cafe sponsors a program of readings and talks in Hebrew and English on some nights, music on others. Check the monthly schedule of events.
Tmol Shilshom Bookstore Cafe
5 Yoel Salomon St
Our Rating Neighborhood Zion Square Area Hours Sun–Thurs 9am–after midnight, Fri 9am–1pm, Sat after Shabbat Phone 02/623-2758 Cuisine Type Vegetarian Web site Tmol Shilshom Bookstore Cafe Other (in rear courtyard of Yoel Salomon St.; enter from alley at 11 Yoel Salomon St., next to Ceramics Gallery; cafe is at far left and upstairs). Main courses NIS 40–NIS 90
Map5 Yoel Salomon St Jerusalem
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