McDonald’s around the world

7 of the Most Unusual McDonald’s Around the World

The world’s favourite* fast food brand (*we made this up but it’s basically undeniable), McDonald’s is famous for its exotic and different menu items across the globe. A McFalafel? Hook it to our veins. But the chain also excels when it comes to unusual and often downright beautiful McDonald’s restaurants around the world.

McDonald’s operates more than 34,000 restaurants worldwide in 118 countries, but some stand out more than others. From a McDonald’s inside a plane in New Zealand to a ‘McSki’ on the slopes in Sweden, here’s some bizarre places for a Big Mac.

Unusual McDonald’s Around the World

1. Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand, has the honour of being home to the only McDonald’s location that includes a decommissioned DC3 plane as part of the store. There are seats inside the plane for your dining enjoyment, and you can view the cockpit as well!

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2. Bray, Co. Wickow, Ireland

McDonald’s in Bray is a beautifully old school-style restaurant. Outside, the red brick of the former town hall stands out. Built in 1881, the town hall is one of the most distinctive buildings in the town. Inside there are dark wooden beams.

3. Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia

This McDonald’s is consistently named among the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world. The Art Deco-style brick building was built in 1937 and was originally the United Kingdom Hotel.

4. Roswell, New Mexico, USA

Where else would you find a UFO-shaped McDonald’s?! In the home of the famous alien incidents, McDonald’s has gone all out to fit in with the town’s theme. The interior of the “ship” holds the massive play place which is similarly space-themed, complete with the McDonald’s mascots in space suits.

5. Kristiansand, Norway

You won’t feel like you’re dining in a fast food restaurant at this stunning location. The restaurants is in an old bank. The original main doors are still intact, but customers have to enter from the side of the building.

6. Piteaa, Sweden

How amazing is this McSki? In 2002, McDonald’s opened its first drive-thru restaurant for snowmobilers in Piteaa, Sweden.

McDonald’s around the world

7. Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

The only branch of the fast food chain on the island of Cuba is within the compound at Guantanamo Bay naval base. Surrounded by barbed wire, only the base’s personnel can access the restaurant to purchase food.

McDonald’s around the world

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Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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