A La Petite Chaise (1680), Paris.
A La Petite Chaise (1680), Paris. Founded under the reign of Louis XIV, the restaurant, famous for its herring, salmon, and duck terrine, is a favorite eatery of artists, writers, and politicians.

8 Oldest European Restaurants

1. Stiftskeller St. Peter (803), Salzburg, Austria. The oldest by several centuries, this establishment was built inside St. Peter Abbey. 

2. Zum Franziskaner (1421), Stockholm, Sweden. Built by the friars, it is popular because of its brewing techniques, which have been maintained since its opening.

3. La Tour d’Argent (1582), Paris. Pressed duck is a specialty at this restaurant, which offers a view of the Seine.

4. Zur Letzte Instanz (1621), Berlin. The restaurant has hosted Beethoven, Napoleon, and Angela Merkel.

5. A La Petite Chaise (1680), Paris. Founded under the reign of Louis XIV, the restaurant, famous for its herring, salmon, and duck terrine, is a favorite eatery of artists, writers, and politicians.

6. Botin Restaurant (1725), Madrid, Spain. Botin—where artist Francisco Goya worked—is known for its specialties, including eels, roast lamb, and roasted suckling pig.

7. Tavares Rico (1784), Lisbon, Portugal. This iconic restaurant offers an exquisite menu of seafood, beef, pork, lamb, and duck.

8. Rules Restaurant (1798), London. Guests here have included Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, Clark Gable, and Charlie Chaplin.

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