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Published on Feb 24, 2012
Tmol-Shilshom*, bookstore-cafe restaurant in Nahalat Shiva, opened in 1994. Named after Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon's novel, Tmol-Shilshom is located in a 130 year-old building. Originally, the space was used as a dwelling, but in the 1970s, as the entire neighborhood gradually turned into a commercial center, this building, too, hosted small businesses and tradespeople
In 1996, we expanded Tmol-Shilshom to include two separate sitting areas, and since then we frequently accommodate literary or other events in one hall, while serving our regular customers in the other.
Our claim to fame (aside from the salmon fillet in fig sauce, the Amanda Salad and the cheese cake) is that we quickly became a well known establishment, where Israel's best known writers read from their works. The first one was Yehuda Amichai, who read from his poetry at the opening of Tmol-Shilshom in June 1994. Since then we`ve had Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua, David Grossman, Batya Gur and many others.
In the course of the years we`ve had to overcome many challenges, such as the hard days of the second Intifada. Having survived all that, we`re now one of the veteran and favorite cafes in town. Some people like us for the food, others for the books, and others yet for the atmosphere. There`s always something to do at Tmol-Shilshom.
Tmol-Shilshom is open from 9 a.m. till 1 a.m. (closed on Shabbat).