Dine in the World's Oldest Restaurant
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest restaurant in the world is Botín, established in 1725 on Cava Baja in Madrid. Rumor has it that de Goya was a dishwasher here as a boy; less debatable is that Botín was a legendary haunt of numerous important public figures and writers: Ernest Hemingway sets the final scene of The Sun Also Rises in this very dining room.
What keeps a restaurant in business for nearly 400 years?
The food, of course, and at Botín, you can expect a flawless meal of hearty Castilian fare.
The signature dish—a must, by all accounts—is whole suckling pig, stuffed with aromatics, doused with white wine, and crisped in a wood-burning oven.