While some travelers enjoy getting an adrenaline rush from extreme sports, others are more interested in exploring a destination's local culture. Furthermore, some travelers enjoy visiting different destinations simply for the food. Aside from delicious food, foodie travelers are on the hunt for beautiful restaurants with unique charm and atmosphere that stands out from other establishments in the area. Whether it's for social media purposes or for personal reasons, foodies who love traveling to special restaurants worldwide may want to check out this list; these are some of the oldest restaurants in the world, that are still in operation!
10 Sobrino de Botín (Madrid, Spain)
- Established: 1724
- Address: C. de Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Guinness World Records recognized Sobrino de Botín as one of the oldest restaurants in the world, while Forbes recognizes it as one of the most classic restaurants ever. Famous for its suckling pig and lamb, this establishment in Madrid serves up traditional Castilian cuisine. While touring numerous national parks in Spain, travelers can build an appetite before paying a visit to Sobrino de Botín!
9 White Horse Tavern (Newport, Rhode Island, USA)
- Established: 1673
- Address: 26 Marlborough St, Newport, RI 02840
Rhode Island's White Horse Tavern is the oldest restaurant in North America and is nicknamed "America's Oldest Tavern." For over 350 years, the restaurant was originally a two-story home for Francis Brinley, a Newport residence. In 1673, the home was purchased by William Mayes Sr and converted into the restaurant people enjoy today. In modern times, visitors can enjoy the restaurant's decor that reflects the 17th American architectural charm. The restaurant offers guests fresh seafood caught in Narragansett Bay, alongside local delights like cheese, honey, and high-quality meats from local farms. Curious travelers can head on over and grab a beer at America’s oldest tavern!
8 Antica Pizzeria Port Alba (Naples Italy)
- Established: 1738
- Address: Via Portalba, 18, 80134 Napoli Campania, Italia
Today's pizza pies and cheesy slices are thanks to the Antica Pizzeria Port Alba, the reportedly first pizzeria in the world. This restaurant started off as a stand, then developed into a restaurant in 1830. Tourists flock to this cozy restaurant to try their homemade pizza and traditional cuisine!
7 Sean's Bar (Westmeath, Ireland)
- Established: 900 AD
- Address: 13 Main St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 DW76, Ireland
Between Galway and Dublin lies Westmeath, home to the oldest pub in the world known as Sean's Bar. Lonely Planet recognized this Irish watering hole as one of the "50 bars that'll blow your mind!" No other bar in the world is as old as Sean's, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Today, curious travelers can relax with a pint and admire a section of the wall made entirely of coins or "waddle and wicker."
6 The Brazen Head (Dublin, Ireland)
- Established: 1198 AD
- Address: 20 Lower Bridge St., Usher’s Quay, Dublin, DO8 WC64
Dublin's Brazen Head is not as old as Sean's Bar (despite reportedly being "officially recognized" as Ireland's oldest pub), but it's still equally magnificent. Since 1198 AD, the bar was used as an alehouse or tavern house. Tourists can find the bar today at the heart of Dublin, specifically along Merchant's Quay.
5 St. Peter Stiftskulinarium (Salzburg, Austria)
- Established: 803 AD
- Address: Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1/4, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Also known as Stiftskeller St. Peter, this Austrian restaurant is reportedly one of Europe's oldest restaurants. The St. Peter Stiftskulinarium was first documented in 803 by Charlemagne's henchman. Today, the restaurant boasts 11 rooms that can comfortably seat 620 guests (meanwhile, their outdoor patio can accommodate 300 diners). For some fine dining Mediterranean cuisine, the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium in the heart of Salzburg is the place to go.
4 Honke Owariya (Kyoto, Japan)
- Established: 1465
- Address: Japan, 〒604-0841 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Niomontsukinukecho, 322
For over 16 generations, Honke Owariya serves a unique specialty to customers: soba mochi. This red (azuki) bean dessert is encased within a soba crust, alongside a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Since the 1860s (around the Edo period in Japan), customers flock to Honke Owariya to taste this delight, alongside other signature desserts like soba-ita.
3 Wurstkuchl (Regensburg, Germany)
- Established: 1146
- Address: Thundorferstraße 3, 93047 Regensburg, Germany
Sometimes, classic recipes are perfect the way they are, with no modifications necessary. At Wurstkuchl, Elsa Schricker's homemade sauerkraut with charcoal-grilled pork sausages keeps customers coming, even after 500 years. This historic restaurant sits beside the Stone Bridge, waiting for hungry travelers to stop by for their juicy pork sausages (with sauerkraut and mustard). Wurstkuchl is recognized as the oldest Bratwurstsube in the world.
2 Ma Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House (Kaifeng, Henan, China)
- Established: 1153
- Address: Kaifeng, Henan Province, China
Also known as Ma yuxing, the restaurant was established in 1153 during China's Jin Dynasty. The establishment is famous for its "bucket-shaped" chicken, otherwise known as bucket chicken. Another specialty of the restaurant is "Ma Yuxing Roast Chicken Soup." The restaurant started when the restaurant's founders (the Ma family) traded bucket chicken in China's province of Nanjing.
1 The Old House 1147 (Llangynwyd, Wales)
- Established: 1147
- Address: Llangynwyd, Maesteg CF34 9SB, United Kingdom
Recognized as the oldest pub in Wales, The Old House 1147 is 2 hours away from Maesteg. Today, it functions as an inn, restaurant, and wedding venue. Hungry travelers can sink their teeth into signature dishes like pigs in a blanket (and pork scratchings), duck bonbons, the Old House Pie (or Pie Y Dydd) with chips and peas, and other delicious dishes!