McDonald’s is bringing some of its biggest international hits to the US. Here’s what McDonald’s restaurants look like around the world.

Sweden has a ski-up McDonald's in one of its resorts.

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Sweden has a ski-up McDonald’s in one of its resorts.
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  • McDonald’s operates more than 36,000 restaurants around the world.
  • The menu varies to reflect the local cuisine of the country where it’s located. The stores themselves vary in appearance, too.
  • McDonald’s is bringing four international hits to the American menu this summer, including the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain and the Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands.
  • See what McDonald’s restaurants look like around the world.
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McDonald’s operates more than 36,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries around the world.

Many of the McDonald’s restaurants around the world look similar to the ones we see in the US, but the menus vary to reflect the local cuisine of the country.

In early June, the fast-food giant is adding four “Worldwide Favorites” to the American menu, according to internal documents shared with Business Insider. New menu items include the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain and the Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands.

Read more: Leaked documents show that McDonald’s is adding international hits to its American menu, including the Spanish Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger and the Dutch Stroopwafel McFlurry

Beyond the menu, some McDonald’s locations stand out from the rest. Around the world, there are high-end McDonald’s with marble walls and chandeliers, McDonald’s in historic buildings, and even a McDonald’s on a ski slope.

In countries like Spain and Italy, McDonald’s serves pastries like macarons. And in Rome, McDonald’s has a gelato bar.

See what other McDonald’s restaurants are like around the world:

Jessica Tyler contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article.


This McDonald’s restaurant in Bergen, Norway, is located in one of the oldest traditional Norwegian wooden buildings in the area.

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The exterior is white wood paneling, and the golden arches are a bit more subtle than at McDonald’s restaurants in the US …

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… but the inside is pretty similar to what McDonald’s looks like in the US.

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The menu isn’t especially different, either.

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This location in Madrid, Spain, is not your average McDonald’s. It has a grand staircase and marble walls, and the architecture blends in with the buildings around it.

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Downstairs is a seating area with marble floors and chandeliers …

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… and upstairs is a second seating area that feels more high-end than your typical McDonald’s.

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It has digital-ordering kiosks …

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… and it serves pastries like macarons.

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Paris, France, has a McDonald’s in a gorgeous decorative tower on Rue Saint-Lazare.

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The inside is spotless. It has mosaic floors and lots of easy-order kiosks.

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The McDonald’s in Rome’s Piazza de Spagna, at the base of the Spanish Steps, blends in with its surroundings. Easy-order kiosks are situated on columns inside.

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The menu looks pretty different from your typical McDonald’s …

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… just look what it calls a Quarter Pounder …

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… and it sells pastries like macarons.

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It even has a case of cookies, cakes, doughnuts, and other desserts.

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It also has a gelato counter.

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In Porto, Portugal, a historic building from the 1930s that was once known as the Imperial Cafe is now home to a McDonald’s.

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It has Art Deco stained glass, high ceilings …

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… and chandeliers hanging down over the spacious dining room. It’s definitely more high-end than your typical McDonald’s.

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Right next to the Museum of Communism in Prague, Czech Republic, sits a McDonald’s with giant, bright red-and-yellow umbrellas and chairs …

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… but the inside is pretty similar to a typical American McDonald’s.

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This McDonald’s location in Taupo, New Zealand, is located inside a decommissioned airplane.

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The views are stunning.

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One unique menu item is the Georgie Pie, a New Zealand classic with a McDonald’s twist. It comes in three varieties: Steak Mince ‘N’ Cheese, Chicken ‘N’ Vegetable, and Apple ‘N’ Blackberry.

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In Yangshuo, China, a McDonald’s sits in a pagoda at the base of mountains and has beautiful water views.

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Here’s another look at the mountainside McDonald’s.

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Sweden’s Lindvallen Resort has a ski-up McDonald’s in one of its lodges.

Sweden has a ski-up McDonald's in one of its resorts.

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It opened in 1996 and is the first ski-up McDonald’s.

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McDonald’s asked Swedish chef Johan Jureskog to create a gourmet line of burgers for its restaurants in Sweden.

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One was the Jureskog Texas, a limited-edition barbecue burger consisting of two beef patties, pickled red onion, smoked gouda cheese, crispy bacon, salad, mayo, and barbecue sauce.

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It also came with flat fries and limited-edition truffle mayo.

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In Bray, Ireland, there’s a McDonald’s in a 19th-century Tudor building.

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The ground floor is a McDonald’s, but the upper floors are the chambers of the Bray Town Council.

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The interior still looks like a traditional Tudor-style building.

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This futuristic McDonald’s in Batumi, Georgia, was designed by Georgian architect Giorgi Khmaladze.

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Its glass panels are reflected in a surrounding pool.

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Inside, there is an open-air patio.

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Khmaladze apparently wanted it to feel like an escape from the outside world.

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Israel has a McDonald’s in the middle of the Negev Desert. Despite being in the desert, it gets quite a bit of tourist traffic.

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For one of the 15 salad options on McDonald’s Israel’s menu, fresh chopped vegetables are topped with olive oil, lemon, and fried corn sticks.

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Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is home to the only McDonald’s surrounded by barbed wire.

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It’s the only McDonald’s in Cuba, and only the base’s personnel can access it.

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In some places, McDonald’s isn’t all too different from what you’d find in the US. This McDonald’s in Beijing looks similar to a McDonald’s you’d find in Manhattan.


McDonald’s recently announced plans to double its presence in China within the next five years.

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This McDonald’s in Delhi looks very similar to its locations in the US.


There are more than 400 McDonald’s locations in India.

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One item that’s special to the McDonald’s India menu is the McAloo Tikki Burger. “Aloo” means “potato,” and “tikki” means “a small cutlet.”

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The burger consists of a potato and peas cutlet, sweet tomato mayo, onions, and fresh tomatoes. It’s served on a regular bun.

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The Masala Grilled Veggie Burger is another item on the McDonald’s India vegetarian menu. This veggie patty has bay leaves, peppercorns, and garam masala that give it a traditional Indian flavor.

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