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We’re Lovin’ These Unique McDonald’s From Around The World

(Photo Credit: Nagel Photography/ Shutterstock)
(Photo Credit: Nagel Photography/ Shutterstock)

Although McDonald’s originated as an American fast-food chain, it quickly expanded to include locations across the globe. Although the food chain offers a pretty standardized menu worldwide, many of the locations offer a unique experience for hungry customers. Here, we take a look at the most unique McDonald’s around the world.

1. Taupo, New Zealand

New Zealand's, Taupo McDonalds
McDonald’s located in an old airplane in Taupo, New Zealand. (Photo Credit: Nigel Killeen/ Getty Images)

Starting off our list is the McDonald’s located in Taupo, New Zealand. Part of this McDonald’s is located in a decommissioned DC3 plane. Guests can eat inside the plane and view the cockpit as well! The plane was first built in California in 1943 and worked as a passenger plane in Australia until 1961. The plane then was used for the New Zealand Post Office until it was retired in 1984.

2. Houston, Texas

McDonald's in Houston
Space-themed McDonald’s in Houston Texas. (Photo Credit: John Cummings / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Houston, Texas features a space-themed McDonald’s to honor their next-door neighbor, the NASA Space Center. The restaurant also features a huge astronaut holding a large fries on the roof of the restaurant. The space theme continues in the interior of the restaurant, as all the McDonald’s characters are wearing space suits and posing against a starry background.

3. Sedona, Arizona

McDonald's in Sedona Arizona
McDonalds in Sedona, Arizona. (Photo Credit: anokarina / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Golden Arches” is a term that has become synonymous with McDonald’s. However, the McDonald’s in Sedona, Arizona, opted not to go with Golden Arches, instead opting for a turquoise-colored “M.” When the Sedona McDonald’s was first built in 1993, city officials worried that a yellow-colored “M” would clash with the natural, red-rock, mountainous landscape. As a result, the Golden Arches were changed to turquoise to match the city’s natural decor.

4. Hangzhou, China

McDonald's in Hangzhou, China
McDonald’s located in Hangzhou, China. (Photo Credit: Zhang Peng/ Getty Images)

This McDonald’s located in Hangzhou, China, might be the most controversial McDonald’s location in the world. The Hangzhou McDonald’s is located near the city’s famous West Lake, and is situated in a villa that once housed former Taiwan leader Chiang Ching-Kuo. The site was designated a cultural heritage site by Hangzhou officials in 2003, and there were initial hopes of it becoming a museum.

5. Kristiansand, Norway

McDonald's in Kristiansand, Norway
McDonald’s located in Kristiansand, Norway. (Photo Credit: trolvag/ Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The McDonald’s located in Kristiansand, Norway looks like it could be located in a City Hall building. In reality, the building that now houses the McDonald’s used to be a bank, and interestingly enough, the original main doors are still intact.

6. Paris, France

McDonald's in Paris France
McDonald’s located in Paris France, on Rue Saint-Lazare. (Photo Credit: Tangopaso/ Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Since 1998, a Parisian McDonald’s has been occupying a building that was originally built in 1892. Located at 119 Rue Saint-Lazare, what is now a McDonald’s used to be a brasserie. In 1997, various aspects of the building were registered as a Historic Monument.

7. Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell McDonald's
McDonald’s located in Roswell, New Mexico. (Nagel Photography/ Shutterstock)

Like Houston’s McDonald’s, the McDonald’s located in Roswell, New Mexico fully leans into a space theme. However, unlike Houston that has a NASA base in their backyard, the Roswell McDonald’s leans into the space theme because of the supposed extraterrestrial visit in 1947. The restaurant itself is shaped like a flying saucer, and features neon lights on the outside. The location is complete with the McDonald’s mascots dressed up in space suits.

8. Batumi, Georgia

McDonald's in Batumi, Georgia
Modern looking McDonald’s located in Batumi, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Grisha Bruev/ Shutterstock)

This McDonald’s located in Batumi, Georgia puts a modern twist on a classic fast-food restaurant. Georgian architect Giorgi Khmaladze designed this McDonald’s to be a haven from the busy world surrounding it. This McDonald’s features dining areas that overlook the water, as well as a patio area that is covered in diverse vegetation.

9. Debrecen, Hungary

McDonald's in Debrecen, Hungary
McDonald’s located in Debrecen, Hungary. (Photo Credit: tviolet/ Shutterstock)

This McDonald’s in Debrecen, Hungary was built inside a beautiful, historic-looking building.

10. Birch House in George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Mcdonald's located in Birch House in George Town, Penang, Malaysia
McDonald’s located in Birch House in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. (Photo Credit: Artaporn Puthikampol/ Shutterstock)

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The Birch House, located in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, was originally used as a tin smelting plant called Eastern Smelting in 1908. Today, the McDonald’s that is in the Birch House is two stories high, open 24-hours a day, and has a modern-day drive-through attached to it.

Madeline Hiltz

Maddy Hiltz is someone who loves all things history. She received her Bachelors of Arts in history and her Master’s of Arts degree in history both from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Her thesis examined menstrual education in Victorian England. She is passionate about Princess Diana, the Titanic, the Romanovs, and Egypt amongst other things.

In her spare time, Maddy loves playing volleyball, running, walking, and biking, although when she wants to be lazy she loves to read a good thriller. She loves spending quality time with her friends, family, and puppy Luna!