McDonald’s looks different in the world, but when it comes to the funkiest and most unusual restaurants, these countries take the cake.
In most countries of the world, eating at fast food establishments like Burger King, KFC, and McDonald’s would hardly be considered fine dining. These restaurants are often run-of-the-mill and are simply seen as something quick, cheap, and easy, if not unhealthy. The buildings themselves are boring and appear to have been mass produced on an assembly line.
But this is not always true all over the world. Famous when the first McDonald’s opened in Moscow after the collapse of the USSR, people were so keen to try Western food and culture for the first time that there were queues during hours spanning boulders.
How McDonald’s is viewed in many countries
While McDonald’s operates its successful franchise around the world, it does not operate all over in the world. It does not work in countries with high instability or very underdeveloped countries where they cannot be sure that their standards and supply requirements will be met. McDonald’s has very strict food and service requirements and there are a number of strict rules that all McDonald’s employees must follow.
- The biggest: McDonald’s is the largest restaurant chain in terms of turnover
- Electrical outlets: Mickey D’s had 37,855 points of sale in 2018
- Nickname: They are known as “Maccas” in Australia and New Zealand
- A BIG employer: It is the second largest private employer in the world with 1.7 million employees (behind Walmart)
- Requirements: McDonald’s has strict requirements for the countries in which it chooses to operate
In Africa, only about four countries in Africa have McDonald’s (South Africa, Mauritius, Egypt and Morocco) – there are about 56 countries in Africa.
- Africa: Only 4 of around 56 countries have McDonald’s
Another factor is that street food and informal restaurant food in many developing countries is often very cheap. Local food is often much cheaper than what you find at a McDonald’s or other large franchise.
- Expensive: McDonald’s is often expensive compared to local food in many countries
For these and other reasons, McDonald’s is often considered a top class dining establishment. It is sometimes a place where you can get away from it all by making a first date. It may even be a mark of pride that McDonald’s has deemed its country suitable for the franchise. And often buildings are built to show it.
McDonald’s in the Republic of Georgia
The Republic of Georgia is a small country in the Caucasus Mountains between Russia and Turkey. It is doomed to be forever confused with the state of Georgia in the United States even though there is no connection (the state of Georgia is named after King George II of Great Britain).
Most (or arguably) all McDonald’s restaurants in Georgia (the country throughout this article) are awesome and big. But the famous McDonald’s restaurant in the Black Sea resort town of Batumi takes the cake.
- Most restaurants: 14,146 points of sale in the United States
- First of all: The first McDonald’s opened in Georiga on February 5, 1999
- Number of restaurants: There are 18 McDonald’s in Georgia
McDonald’s can be found in most major Georgian cities, with the largest concentration being in the capital, Tbilisi.
The prices of these restaurants are cheap by Western standards, but still expensive for many locals.
Funky McDonald’s restaurant in Batumi
Batumi is a very funky little town that one will marvel at with its attractions and its incredibly strange buildings (like an upside down White House). So here the odd Mickey D from the space age fits right in.
- Batumi: A small seaside town on the Black Sea (and a great one)
The McDonald’s building is constructed in a triangle. On one side, the triangle rises from the ground and below is a gas station (the gas station is invisible to the restaurant’s Big Mac customers). On the other side are the Maccas (or Mickey D’s).
- Gas station: There is a gas station across from McDonald’s
Getting inside is just as strange. There is space upstairs and plenty of seating. That being said, the menu is typical of McDonald’s (KFC in Georgia is more of a burger joint than a fried chicken joint). Some McDonald’s – like those in Ukraine and Russia – serve alcohol, and it’s okay to go there for a beer in the street.
The exterior is covered with 460 glass panels and the entire building is surrounded by a reflecting pool. The indoor dining area overlooks the reflecting pool and there is a large open-air patio with tilting vegetation walls which has been designed as a “ecological shield”.
There are two McDonald’s in Batumi, this one is on Khimshiashvili Street.
- Address: Batumi, Khimshiashvili Street
- Open: Daily
- Meals inside: Open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Drive-thru: Open 24/7
- Call: +995 032 247076
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