Hidden gem in Jerusalem


A few weeks ago I was traveling in Israel and it was quite an intense trip. Jumping into a car, driving to a new town, checking in, having lunch, sightseeing, and repeat. Only in Jerusalem did I have a chance to slow down and check out ‘off the map’ places like hidden local coffee shops.

Located in a courtyard, Tmol Shilshom isn’t easy to find but worth the effort. I like how Israelis pay a lot of attention to plants (they are literally at every balcony and used to decorate almost every entrance), so the first thing you see is a big pot. A few steps up and you get to choose where to go – to the right where it looks like ordinary cafe or to the left where you get into a book haven with big cozy arm chairs in the corner of the room and lots of stuff to read.

The place has its own unique atmosphere – simple and relaxed, where you feel at home and away from queuing tourists and pilgrims. For 16 shekels or £2.60, you get a big latte which you can enjoy on the small balcony. Here, you can be almost exclusively alone – the absence of fans and A/C makes it not so popular among visitors and a perfect place to chill out.

I found the service in Israel surprisingly slow, but here it’s different – a hipster looking tattooed girl that doesn’t make you wait long for the moment you can enjoy your afternoon coffee ∗



Where? Solomon Str, Jerusalem, Israel

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    • Katya Jackson

      Hi Noora,

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  • Ela

    This is such a beautiful cafe, when you look around you can definitely see the history


    • Katya Jackson

      Hi Ela, yes, you are right. It presents local culture as well

  • Hey! Thanks for following me on bloglovin. As this was the first post I saw in your bloglovin preview AND since I’m Israeli I had to check it out first. Seems cute! Do you know what tmol shilshom means? Etmol means yesterday and shilshom means the day before yesterday. Cute name.

    Excited to check out more of your posts 🙂

    • Katya Jackson

      Hi Hadas,

      thanks for translating the name for me! And thanks for visiting my blog. Keep in touch!


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      Thanks Alfredo 🙂

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