Discover the 22 most unusual McDonald's restaurants in the world
Some McDonald's restaurants are located in the most unusual places and buildings. Here are some of the strangest McDonald's restaurants on the planet.
It is the oldest McDonald's still in operation in the world, and it doesn't even have a drive-through—the last straw in car country! Instead, customers can walk up to the restaurant windows to order.
Speedee, a chef with a hamburger for a head, appeared on the original McDonald's signs alongside the brand's logo of two interlocking golden arches.
Some signs also advertised the price of McDonald's burgers—only 15 cents at the time.
Before it was turned into a McDonald's and McCafé restaurant, the building was considered a cultural relic. It was the residence of politician Chiang Ching-kuo for a month in the 1940s.
Many locals opposed the opening of the restaurant inside the historic building, calling it a perfect example of Western capitalism invading Chinese culture. Nevertheless, the restaurant has become something of a tourist attraction since it opened in 2015, welcoming visitors from all over the world.
At the self-proclaimed 'coolest McDonald's in the world,' customers can enjoy everything from classic Big Macs to Chicken McNuggets to McCafé drinks, all inside the plane.
Patrons of this unique McDonald's can also see the cockpit of the old D3 plane.
The building was originally the United Kingdom Hotel and was designed by architect James Hastie Wardrop. Built between 1937 and 1938, it has been called one of the most beautiful McDonald's restaurants in the world.
Filled with music and pop culture memorabilia, the eatery stood two storeys tall and was a replica of the first Ray Kroc McDonald's.
Known for its giant sign made up of thousands of light bulbs, the restaurant—perhaps surprisingly—is not closing because of the coronavirus pandemic, but rather as part of McDonald's regular review of its restaurant portfolio, a spokesperson said.
Moored just south of the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi River, this McDonald's was the chain's first ever riverboat opening.
It was open for 20 years before closing in 2000.
Some McDonald's establishments try to blend in with the local landscape and are designed in a more friendly manner.
This McDonald's, however, was built inside a pre-existing 150-year-old colonial mansion. Located in Freeport, a small coastal town in Maine, the building was transformed in 1984 into the town's only McDonald's.
The restaurant is located on rue Saint-Lazare in Paris. Although the building is now a McDonald's, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Although the location of the restaurant is less colourful today, it still has the same shape and features giant sculptures of a hamburger, fries and a Coca-Cola cup.
Inspired by the Roswell alien story, the interior of the 'ship' houses a play area, also designed with an outerspace theme.
The giant bronze eagle was designed by Portuguese sculptor Henrique Moreira and is usually the first thing customers notice when they approach the restaurant.
The stained glass windows date back to when the café occupied the premises and features beautiful coffee-related scenes.
The restaurant is considered by some to be the most beautiful McDonald's in the world.
It was designed to meet the building requirements of the city where the median household income is over $100,000 (about £72,000), according to census data.
'The building is one of a kind and it's a joy to take a break and go to the second floor to enjoy the view while I have breakfast or lunch,' wrote one Tripadvisor user.
Located in downtown Batumi, this McDonald's features a reflective glass exterior. Customers eating inside the restaurant can also look out over the pond and manicured lawn surrounding the building.
Built in 2013, the venue also won the Best Commercial Building of 2014 award by architecture website ArchDaily.
This makes it possible to take beautiful photos or simply to admire the show while the customers eat their meals.