Traveling around Europe, tourists definitely want to get acquainted with the local cuisine. Especially on the mainland there are many restaurants that appear to be original museums. Such institutions are no longer one hundred years old. However, such a respectable age does not affect the quality of products, and it’s interesting to simply visit an old restaurant. So it’s worth getting acquainted with the list of the most ancient institutions of the continent.
Sobrino de Botin, Madrid, Spain.
This institution got into the Guinness Book of Records, as the oldest restaurant in the world with continuous work. The institution appeared in the capital of Spain in 1725. Then there appeared a large stone stove, which still works. Originally it was just a tavern at an inn, which eventually transformed into an independent cafe. It is said that at one time a novice artist Francisco Goya, who was not yet a famous beginner, worked here as a waiter. In the middle of the last century Ernesto Hemingway visited the restaurant. He immortalized the glorious institution in his novel “And the sun rises”. Although the restaurant is very popular with tourists, they cook here really well. From the assortment of dishes it is necessary to highlight cordero asado – tender roast lamb.
Peter Stiftskeller, Salzburg, Austria.
This “Pogrebok St. Peter Monastery” claims the right to be called the oldest restaurant in Europe. His current owners say that the institution appeared within the monastery for a very long time. The first mention, about what we ate here, dates back to 803. The motto of the modern restaurant is “Hospitality 1200 years”. However, there is no documentary evidence that the institution worked all these years continuously. Today the restaurant offers monastic cuisine, markedly transformed by the imagination of the chef. Despite the high prices, tourists remain satisfied and the quality of food, and service.
La Tour d’Argent, Paris, France.
This institution is fighting for the right to be called the oldest in the capital of France. The Silver Tower is located in the Latin Quarter. The owners of the restaurant claim that it was opened in the late 16th century. Only here in written sources the first mention of him is found only at the end of the XIX century. Today, the “Silver Tower” is truly a legendary institution for Paris. The restaurant is famous for its unique wine collection, which includes about half a million bottles. Only one wine book weighs 5 kilograms. The firm’s dish is a duck cooked in its own blood. Here many celebrities ate it, beginning with Charlie Chaplin, ending with Vladimir Putin. Only for the right to visit a historical place and enjoy the service and dishes of French cuisine will have to fork out.
Le Procope, Paris, France.
This establishment is officially considered to be the oldest in the French capital. Opened restaurant Le Procope native of Sicily Francesco Procopio back in 1686. The history of this place literally teems with interesting events. First of all, more than a hundred years ago, women were not allowed in at all. The restaurant is known for its advanced experiments, here almost for the first time in Paris, coffee began to be prepared, then frozen whipped cream began to be served, which later turned into a famous delicacy – ice cream. The restaurant was a favorite place for freethinkers and an intellectual. Le Procope liked to sit out Voltaire, drinking forty cups of coffee a day. Today his table is available for order. The restaurant remembered the philosopher Diderot, the revolutionaries of Danton and Marat. And young Lieutenant Bonaparte left here as a pledge his hat.
A La Petite Chaise, Paris, France.
This modest institution also boasts of its age. The restaurant is located in a house that turned 400 years old. Since 1660 in it French wines began to be sold, to them the snack also was offered. So was born in this place a tavern.Legends say that in the XIX century it was often visited by the famous detective Vidok, he even made some of his high-profile arrests here. So tourist gastronomy must certainly visit this place. It is said that here the best onions in Paris are served onion soup and lamb’s tenderloin. Inside there is a restrained classic interior, and prices do not bite. In the restaurant, business negotiations are often held at lunch.
Zur Letzten Instanz, Berlin, Germany.
No one disputes the fact that Zur Letzten Instanz is the oldest restaurant in Berlin. Only it remains to find out in what year it was opened. Mention of the restaurant is found in the documents of 1621, but the owners claim that their establishment at that time had existed for at least half a century. The modern name “Last instance” was given to this place only in 1924. The matter is that nearby there was both a court building, and a cemetery. With what exactly the name is related – remains unknown. Legend has it that in court two peasants conducted a long trial, and in a restaurant with a glass of beer they eventually entered into an amicable agreement. The restaurant brightened and in the domestic cinema, under the signboard “Rough Gottlieb”, viewers saw it in the tape “Seventeen Moments of Spring”. Interior decoration resembles a tavern, inside there are seats for 120 guests. Still there is a beer garden for 50 people.
Rules, London, UK.
The oldest restaurant in London is located in a typical British house. The first visitors visited here in 1798, originally it was an oyster bar. Scandalous fame received the institution a hundred years later, then King Edward VII met with his numerous girlfriends. Today there is a room in which the monarch indulged in his love affairs. Another attraction of the establishment is the room of Charles Dickens, who liked to dine here. The institution was also often visited by the famous scout and writer Graham Greene. Guests of the restaurant are advised not to philosophize with the choice of dishes and order something primordially English – pudding or pie. Fans of the same variety of dishes can be advised to try here the best in town, Windsor soup, partridge stuffed with nuts and dried apricots, pates and venison. The interior is reminiscent of a Victorian mansion. On the walls are hanging engravings and paintings. Rules became the meeting place of the bohemian London audience, here you can meet artists, designers, models.
Tavares Rico, Lisbon, Portugal.
This most expensive and elegant establishment in the city is also the oldest. It appeared on the map of Lisbon back in the late 18th century. For the quality of its dishes of European cuisine, the restaurant received a Michelin star. But this determines the high prices in the institution. You can enjoy here not only food, but also interiors. Everywhere there is gilding and wall mirrors, huge crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling. Only guests should know that it is better to order some dishes in advance.
U Fleku, Prague, Czech Republic.
In the Czech capital for a long time already know the sense of delicious food. Just a few restaurants here are afraid for the right to be called the oldest in the city. It can be safely said that the most popular institution in Prague is U Fleku. There was a tavern at the brewery, which has been working since 1499. In 1762, the brewery was bought by Yakov Flekovsky, who gave it the modern name. In this place it is still possible to order a branded dark 13 percent beer, here in general only this sort of drink is offered. As a snack, Czech dumplings, goulash or cheese are perfect. Only here the numerous tourists can spoil the pleasure of eating. Those who decide to dine here will have to listen to the performance of a folklore ensemble, an accordion. The capacity of the pub is impressive – about 1200 people. At the same time, prices are higher than in other similar institutions in Prague, and beer is served in portions not in half a liter, but in 400 grams.
Zum Franziskaner, Stockholm, Sweden.
This restaurant is the oldest in Sweden. In 1421, it was founded in Stockholm by German Franciscan monks. Today, tourists can settle in spacious halls and order a dish of mostly German cuisine. Usually people choose sausages with beer. But here gourmets do not go here, the main guests are tourists. After all, the most important thing here is history. The very same food is not particularly tasty, and prices discourage. So many are simply photographed against the backdrop of a remarkable facade and move on. Hostaria dell’Orso, Rome, Italy.
Italy itself is able to conquer the deli, and such restaurants are real pearls of the country. Hostaria dell’Orso is located in a building dating back to the 13th century. According to the legends, Dante Alighieri stayed at this restaurant, and the stern Pope Boniface VIII dined here, the sworn enemy of the poet. In Hostaria dell’Orso loved to feast the great writer Francois Rabelais and the ideologist of selfishness, the philosopher Michelle Montaigne. Today the famous restaurant offers dishes in a romantic classic setting. Often live piano music is played here. The interior is decorated with stylish elements and paintings. The kitchen is mostly Italian, they use the freshest ingredients. The restaurant is often visited by married couples.