The most beautiful McDonald’s around the world including an old cinema and grand former bank – The Sun | The Sun

MCDONALD'S is the largest restaurant chain in the world, serving billions of people around the world.

While it may not be associated with being architecturally beautiful, some of the stores are surprisingly stunning.

Many of the restaurants around the world have re-purposed old buildings to keep the original designs.

The first restaurant opened in Los Angeles in 1953 – although the newer designs have certainly come a long way.

With over 38,000 restaurants in the world, the buildings are now varied in design depending on the country.

From an old bank in Norway to a modern glass dome in Georgia, we've rounded up some of the most beautiful McDonald's in the world.

Bray, Ireland

Built in 1881, the McDonald's in Ireland is found in Bray Town Hall.

The fast food chain took over the ground floor in 1997 – although town meetings are still held on the first floor of the building.

Porto, Portugal

A McDonald's which is regularly voted one of the most beautiful in the world is found in Porto.

Previously a 1930s cafe called Cafe Imperial, the building has retained the unique Art Deco stained glass windows, as well as the crystal chandeliers and ornate friezes.

Budapest, Hungary

Another fancy McDonald's is in Budapest in an old train station.

The building was created in 1877 by the same people who designed the Eiffel Tower – McDonald's opened inside the train station in 1988 as the first in Hungary.

Madrid, Spain

Inside the McDonald's in Madrid are the original features of the historical building such as marble columns and a winding grand staircase.

The food is fancier than some of the usual options – alongside the standard Big Mac, they also serve macarons and scones.

Batumi, Georgia

Georgia's McDonald's is one of the most modern designs, built in 2013 by architect Giorgi Khmaladze who used 460 glass panels to reflect the water around it.

There is even a fuel station built into the back of the building.

Hangzhou, China

Built inside an 84-year-old home is the McDonald's in Hangzhou city, China.

The McDonald's was controversial as it was the home of former Taiwanese leader Chiang Ching-kuo, which locals slammed for being disrespectful, although it hasn't stopped thousands of tourists visiting.

Kristiansand, Norway

One of Norway's McDonald's is found in a marble-column bank.

The original door is no longer in use, although guests can visit from the side entrance.

Sydney, Australia

The McDonald's in Sydney doesn't seem like much from the outside, but the interior is definitely the main attraction.

Found in the Plaza Theatre, it was once a 2000-seat cinema in the 1930s before closing in 1977 and becoming a McDonald's with original pieces including gold balustrades and large chandeliers.

Paris, France

Wedged between two other cafes is the McDonald's in Paris, originally a restaurant called Au Roi de la Biere – The King of Beer – in 1892.

Now, the skinny building has kept the decoration on the front such as a king holding a pint of beer as well as a stork on the roof and the Strasbourg coat of arms.

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