Eating McDonald’s satisfies a very specific kind of craving. The juicy burger patties, the salty French fries, the creamy Special Sauce — it’s a set of mouthwatering flavors you can practically taste just from reading this. You can probably even sing the Big Mac jingle from memory: Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and a sesame seed bun. And while you can almost certainly order a Big Mac in nearly any McDonald’s restaurant around the world, there are a whole slew of McDonald’s international menu items you’ve probably never heard of before — and definitely weren’t expecting.
When we say that McDonald’s is everywhere, we mean that it’s everywhere. The franchise has restaurants in over 100 countries. In fact, there’s even a McDonald’s and McCafé at the Louvre fine art museum in Paris, France. Yes, cheeseburgers, French fries, and McNuggets are menu staples almost everywhere. But McDonald’s locations around the world also cater to local flavors.
For example, McDonald’s restaurants in Asian countries feature menu items made made with regional spices and sauces. European locations have seriously elevated dessert menus, and some countries, like India, have extremely vegetarian-friendly menus. Some of the McDonald’s international menu items are expected; like we said, it only makes sense that McDonald’s India caters to vegetarians. But other McDonald’s international menu items will make you do a double take. There are some flavor combinations that our Western palates simply never dreamed possible.
So the next time you see those familiar golden arches abroad, pop in and peep what’s on the menu. Eating at McDonald’s in another country might feel like the ultimate tourist move, but in some ways, it’s actually the perfect way to see what daily life is like in another place. You never know what menu items you’ll find. And don’t worry: If you’re just craving the American McDonald’s goodness that you know and love, you can find that around the world, too.