The Sobrino de Botin, One Of The World’s Oldest Restaurants, Has Been Charming Tourists For Over Three Centuries

10:00 am 22 Jul, 2017


After reading this, most of you will probably wish to book tickets and serve your taste buds the delicacies of the world’s oldest restaurant — the Sobrino de Botin, in Madrid.

Dining Space Wikimedia Commons


As recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records it was opened in 1725 by French cook Jean Botin and his wife, who later converted the place into a dine inn. To this day they use an oven which is 300 years old.

Interior of the restaurant. Wikimedia Commons



The artist Francisco de Goya worked in Casa Botin as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

This restaurant has been a part of pages of literature and was mentioned by Ernest Hemingway in his novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’ published in 1926. 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.

Historic dish- Suckling Pig. Wikimedia Commons


The signature dish, cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig), attracts tourists till date. Here, wine bottles are considered relics.

This restaurant has been in the same family for three generations and now, brothers Carlos, José and Antonio González run it with and have the most exotic recipes you will ever come across.

Even after 300 years of existence, this restaurant is deeply attached to its Spanish roots. Though the interiors have changed but the new ones also depict themes of Spain across four floors.

However, its legacy is clearly thanks to its astounding age rather than to its ties to art and literature.



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