Europe’s historic restaurants – foodie heaven, untouched

Au Rendez-vous des Chauffeurs, Paris opened in 1904 and is still serving the no-frills, traditional French dishes eaten by the original clientèle who gave this small restaurant its name.

Except for the original pewter in the bar (requisitioned by the Nazis in 1940) the restaurant has remained as it was, and to eat here, even for Parisians, is to experience the old days with regulars who've been coming for decades. Rabbit, andouillettes, bavettes de boeuf and steak tartare are all on the small menu, Yum!

A little further south is Lhardy, Madrid. But for a cup of Caldo – broth – and a glass of sherry, there’s no better place. Served from a silver urn in the restaurant's beautiful wood and stone front room, the broth alone clears away clouds on a rainy day, but paired with the sherry, it's a ray of sunshine in your mouth. In the specialised land of tapas in Madrid, you go to one place for one thing and another place for something different. At Lhardy, you get the broth. Carrera de San Jerónimo 8.

And for a final historical stop, there’s no more historical than Antico Caffe Greco, Rome. Located on busy Via dei Condotti, the Bond Street of Rome, this café has watered and fed passersby of every class and nationality, famous and unknown, since 1760, making it one of the three most ancient cafés in the world, it hosted the likes of Byron, Shelley, Keats and Casanova, Antico Caffe Greco.

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