The World's Top 5 Coolest McDonald's

The Daily Meal
McDonald's New Hyde Park
McDonald's New Hyde Park

These days it seems like you can't go anywhere in the world without being greeted by those familiar Golden Arches.

Sometimes the vision of them can be comforting, especially when you're traveling abroad and surrounded by mysterious, slightly intimidating food. Sometimes it can be annoying, like when you get off the interstate craving a steak and McDonald's is the only restaurant within sight. Usually, though, that meal of a Big Mac and fries is always welcomed.

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Most McDonald's are comfortingly identical: red and yellow color scheme, beige floors, plastic tables, cardboard cutouts of Ronald McDonald, and ball pits for the kids. Around the world, though, there are some pretty innovative examples of how creative franchise owners blend into (or stand out from) their surroundings., as the brand has brought on some of the world's top architects to craft some incredibly creative restaurants. From the New Zealand location that incorporates a decommissioned airliner to the minimalist "Quarter Pounder" store in Tokyo, read on to find out the top 5 coolest McDonald's locations in the world.

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5) Bray Town Hall, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Around the back of this picturesque Irish building dating back to the 19th century, McDonald's has once again found a home in a historic building. The walk-up restaurant looks a tad out of place in such a pastoral location, but with a location right inside the Town Hall, they've certainly figured out the most central location in the city!


4) Dallas, Texas

Driving down Montfort Drive in Dallas, Texas, you'll see something you'd probably only see in Texas: the World's Biggest Happy Meal. In the state where bigger is better, this massive meal of a building includes a playroom in the Happy Meal box, as well as huge hamburgers, towering french fries ,and massive cups of Coke. The inside of the restaurant sports Austrian crystal chandeliers, Ralph Lauren wallpaper, granite floors, and mahogany booths. Fancy digs for burgers and fries!

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3) Rome

This marble- and mosaic-filled restaurant is among the fanciest McDonald's locations we know of and has become a tourist attraction in its own right. Located next to the Spanish Steps and entered through a Perugina Baci chocolate shop, the restaurant tries to blend into its very European surroundings, and succeeds. It offers a large salad bar and other rare (for a McDonald's) items like pastries.

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2) New Hyde Park, N.Y (Pictured at Top of Page)

A gorgeous Georgian mansion that dates back to 1795 houses one of the most beautiful McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. McDonald's originally purchased the house with the intent of tearing it down and building a standard restaurant, but the citizens of New Hyde Park managed to wrangle landmark status for the residence (whew!). This resulted in the most elegant restaurant in the McDonald's franchise, complete with a glassed-in veranda seating area and a grand staircase.


1) Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand, has the honor 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! Maybe they hand out wings to first-time customers.



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-Rosemary Pantaleo, The Daily Meal

McDonald's Bray Town
McDonald's Bray Town
McDonald's Dallas
McDonald's Dallas
McDonald's Rome
McDonald's Rome
McDonald's New Zealand
McDonald's New Zealand