The restaurant Botín is located just off Madrid’s Plaza Mayor in calle Cuchilleros (knife makers street). Botín is written of in Hemingway’s ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and was one of his favourite restaurants, hence its popularity amongst tourists. The Guinness Book of records lists it as the oldest restaurant in the world (1725, the building dates from 1590) and it is said that the painter Goya actually worked as a dishwasher here. The restaurant is renowned for its suckling pig and roasted lamb and serves typical Castilian food. It has 4 floors and the woodfire oven is said to be the original from the 18th century. Prices are not cheap but it’s not every day that you eat at the oldest restaurant in the world.

Address: c/Cuchilleros, 17-19
Metro: Tirso de Molina or Puerta del Sol

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  1. Botin’s is right up there in the top of wonderful places I have experienced!! My daughter is traveling to Russia and coming back through Madrid for 2 days – hoping she’ll stop by and visit this wonderful part of history!!

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