Food... a fundamental element of life, one of the more enjoyable aspects of humanity and reason enough to travel the world.
Different smells and flavors, the heat of the kitchens, the sound of clinking glasses and people's conversations and white table cloths -- the establishment of restaurants has brought this all to life and turned eating into a ritual.
So when a staggering 60 percent of restaurants don't make it past their first year, it is a testament to their success that some have had a steady stream of customers for centuries.
2015 marks the 290th anniversary of the world's oldest restaurant -- Restaurant Botin, which opened in Madrid, Spain, in 1725 and holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the world.
Restaurant Botin, Madrid, Spain
To mark the occasion (and to have an excuse to daydream about food!) Cheapflights.com embarked on a journey to find nine other historic restaurants and inns from around the world.
Some of them are much older than the record holder, but cannot claim the title due to their undocumented and sometimes turbulent past.