It is said that the oldest restaurant in the world is located in the city of Madrid.

The Guinness World Book of Records, in its 1987 edition, mentions the restaurant Sobrino de Botín or Casa Botín or Botín Restaurant, founded in 1725, as the oldest in the world. Located in The Madrid of the Austrias, the restaurant tries to preserve its original appearance.

In 1606, the Court returned to Madrid after its temporary transfer to the city of Valladolid. The Plaza Mayor became the commercial axis and the adjacent streets were named after the trades that were performed in them: calle de Cuchilleros (Knives Street), calle de la Ribera de Curtidores (Tanners’ Riverside Street), plaza de Herradores (Blacksmiths Square), calle de Bordadores (Embroidery Street).

Jean Botín, a French chef, arrived to Madrid accompanied by his Asturian wife with the idea of working for someone of the nobility. In 1725, a nephew of Botín’s wife, opened an inn in the calle de Cuchilleros (Knives Street). At that time, you can only cook what the guest brings.

The restaurant, which specialty is Castilian cuisine, has not changed location and managed to stay in operation during the Spanish Civil War.

It still retains the original wood-burning oven in which the lambs and piglets they offer are cooked in.

Address calle de Cuchilleros, 17

How to get there

  • Bus: 17
  • Underground: Sol, Tirso de Molina, La Latina

For more information about the restaurant Sobrino de Botín.

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