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"Have a Meal in the Oldest Restaurant in the World" Plaza Mayor Tip by DanielF

Plaza Mayor, Madrid: 144 reviews and 258 photos

The Plaza Mayor stands in the middle of a maze of medieval looking streets, known as Madrid de los Austrias, most of which are car free and inviting to take long discovery tours. Also the outer enclosure of the Plaza Mayor is interesting and picturesque, in particular the façade on the Moat of Saint Michael (Cava de San Miguel). This street receives its name because it runs along one of the moats of the second city wall of Madrid, built after the Reconquista by the Christian Kings. It is lined with the buildings on the eastern side of the Main Square, whose basements are sustained by the stones of the former wall. The curved façades, painted in terracotta colours, make of it one of the most photogenic in the old town.

In the corner with Cava de San Miguel, the Knivers Arch (Arco de Cuchilleros) is unarguably the most graceful and photographed of the nine gates that give access to the Plaza Mayor. It has been become indeed one of the most characteristic spots in Madrid. As its name clearly shows, it was in this area that the knivers carried out their trade, but today, it is mostly a popular spot with tourists, with flamenco show venues, souvenir shops and restaurants, including the one which, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the oldest still functioning in the world. Rather than the quality of its cuisine, its ancienty seems to be the restaurant's main merit, but I do not have any personal experience here.

Address: Main square of Madrid
Directions: Metro Sol & Opera

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 11, 2008
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