It’s a drive-thru for personal watercraft.
McDonald’s has over 36,000 restaurants around the world, but only one of them offers a floating option.
Off the Elbe in Germany, on a small canal, sits the McBoat, the restaurant franchise’s only paddling place.
Although open since 2015, the location of the nautical fast food chain recently hit a new virality after YouTuber Tom Scott recorded his recent visit.
“Now, just to manage your expectations, this isn’t a moat-surrounded McDonald’s where there’s a line of kayaks lining up for each window in turn. It would be better,” Scott says in the clip, which has racked up more than 1.4 million views since its publication on Oct. 11. The McBoat once boasted of a microphone and speaker for customers coming to the dock to place their order, but this has been phased out for a smartphone app.
The location is open 24/7 during spring and summer, only closing during the colder months, restaurant manager Adrian Dudziak told Scott.
Many come to visit us after learning about McBoat’s existence in Hamburg on social media.
“People are so happy to see this because they’ve read this or seen that on Instagram,” Dudziak noted.
As well as being adjacent to the water, the McBoat also works somewhat differently than most McDonald’s locations. “We can see you ordering on the [closed circuit television] screen and we prepare your food, and one person goes and brings the bag, ”Dudziak explained.
Scott, whose 4.4 million subscriber channel focuses on showcasing “amazing places” across the world, said the McBoat had struck him as worthy of profile because of his combination of different and predictable. “I think it’s fascinating to find something that’s very close to what you already know, but it changes things in a couple of interesting ways,” he said while eating his McDonald’s meal in a kayak.