Botin Restaurant in Madrid is touted as the “Oldest Restaurant in the World.” Such prestige is confirmed and awarded by the Guinness World of Record. The restaurant has been serving food since 1725! Yeah, 9 more years and the restaurant will be celebrating its existence for 300 years! Wow, right?
But, let me say this: I didn’t eat here. Not because it was expensive but I forgot my wallet at my apartment and I only had €20 with me. So, I told myself that I’d be back but I got busy with my summer course. I totally forgot this “must thing to do in Madrid.” However, most locals I talked to won’t really recommend it because it’s “for tourist only.” That’s their way of saying, “Ive never been there” 😀
Perhaps, the most famous waiter employed by Botin Restaurant is Francisco de Goya.
Goya is a well-known Spanish romantic painter and printmaker. He worked at Botin as a dishwasher while still at school.
Rumour has it that suckling pig is the restaurant’s specialty which costs €22.
Botin Restaurant is also one of Ernest Hemingway‘s favourite places to eat while living in Madrid.
In fact, Botin is mentioned several times in his internationally-acclaimed novel,
Botin Restaurant is just adjacent to Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas Restaurant. It’s right off Plaza Mayor, along Calle Cuchellero.