The Oldest Shops Around The World That People Can Still Visit

It can be tough to keep a shop open for a couple of years, but there are a select few that have managed to stick around for centuries. These range from book stores, restaurants, bike shops, pharmacies, butcher shops, candy stores, and more.

These are some of the most historic places on the planet and they’ve influenced the millions of shops that followed in their footsteps. They have been around through wars, natural disasters, economic downfalls, and more, so find out what makes them stand the test of time.

Colombia Has The Oldest Tamale Shop

the interior of a tamale shop called la puerta falsa
Federico Tovoli/VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Federico Tovoli/VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

La Puerta Falsa, translated to “the false door,” has been in operation since 1816. It’s located in Bogotá, Colombia and is the world’s oldest tamale shop. They have stuck to their same menu items the whole time.

Their most popular items besides their signature tamales are their nearly-sacred chucula y almojábanas, which are sweet bread and soft cheese with a cup of hot chocolate. Guests often have to wait a while to get a seat in the small, two-story tamale shop, but they don’t usually mind because they get to look at the classic Candelaria colonial architecture.