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The One Can't-Miss Restaurant in 32 Countries Around the World

Spain: Botín
> Location: Madrid

Since 1725, the oven has been burning at Sobrino de Botín, said to be the oldest continually operating restaurant in the world. Take a guided tour of the historic building before dining on meats roasted in the original cast iron wood oven. Botín‘s suckling pig has been the star of the dining room for nearly 300 years, and the Castilian-style roast lamb is a close second. Recipes four generations old are still the mainstays of the kitchen, and the sopa de ajo (garlic soup with egg) is a local favorite.

Source: Courtesy of Paula M. via Yelp

Sweden: Tennstopet
> Location: Stockholm

For classic Swedish cuisine in generous portions, head to Tennstopet, a 150-year-old restaurant with exquisite wood paneling and original decor. Alongside standards like wallenbergare (breaded veal burgers) and beef rydberg (tenderloin with fried onion, potatoes, dijon cream, and horseradish), a seasonal rotation of local game includes wild boar and hare.

Source: Courtesy of Mikhail S. via Yelp

Switzerland: Kronenhalle
> Location: Zurich

A Zurich institution, Kronenhalle is both a restaurant and an art gallery, and became a meeting place for artists, writers, and fashion designers soon after its opening in 1924. Expect upscale surroundings and traditional fare with relaxed and professional servers. The Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (sliced veal in gravy) is the premier dish and the rösti (crispy shredded potato cake) is another favorite.

Tanzania: The Rock
> Location: Pingwe (Zanzibar)

The most iconic restaurant in Zanzibar, the Rock is actually built onto a rock jutting out of the turquoise waters of Pingwe Beach. Accessible by foot during low tide and boat during high tide, the fantastical eatery excels at fresh seafood preparations, from stewed rock lobster with couscous to grilled catch of the day with carrots and ginger cream, as well as house-made pastas. The cocktails feature local spirits and botanicals, and the coconut tiramisu is worth saving room for.

Thailand: Bo.Lan
> Location: Bangkok

For a decade Bo.Lan was regarded as one of the best restaurants in Bangkok; but during the pandemic, the chef-owners shut their doors and restructured into a sustainable food center with a market, café, and 12-seat dinner club that continues to serve the fare that the restaurant is famous for – all with a zero waste kitchen. Expect Royal Thai cuisine in its purest form, made with the freshest local ingredients.

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