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You Can Dine At The World's Oldest Restaurant

Have you ever dined in a restaurant so old that the wine bottles are considered museum relics? Travel to Sobrino de Botín behind Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain, and you can enjoy traditional Castilian fare from the world's oldest restaurant.

300-Year-Old Flavors

French cook Jean Botín opened Casa Botín with his wife in 1725, and it remains the oldest open eatery that has yet to change its location. The Spanish tavern's name has only adjusted once, from Casa Botín to Sobrino de Botín (nephew of Botín) when Jean Botín's wife passed away and left their culinary legacy to her nephew. In addition to ancient wine, Botín serves up traditional, roasted meats from a 300-year-old oven.

The Rioja Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway was particularly fond of the roast suckling pig (cochinillo asado), referencing the dish in his novels. In The Sun Also Rises, he wrote: "We lunched upstairs at Botín's. It is one of the best restaurants in the world. We had roast young suckling pig and drank rioja alta." And in Death In The Afternoon: "...but, in the meantime, I would prefer to dine on suckling pig at Botín than sit and think about the accidents which my friends could suffer."

Cook prepares suckling pig in oven.

Botín has been in the González family for three generations and is now helmed by brothers Carlos, José, and Antonio González. Hear co-owner José and recent diners talk about the cochinillo asado, famous guests, and Botín's Guinness World Record in the video below.

Take A Peek Into The World's Oldest Restaurant, Sobrino de Botín

Restaurant co-owner José González and guests delve into the history and mystique of Sobrino de Botín in Madrid. Take a peek into their dining room, where famed painter Francisco de Goya once waited tables.

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Written by Curiosity Staff October 21, 2016

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