First of all, French people call it “McDo.”
Hi! I’m Marie, I’m French, and I’m here to talk to you about McDonald’s. This may come as a surprise, but McDonald’s is very popular in France.
And, as I was reminded after I moved back to France after seven years in NYC, French McDonald’s are pretty different from American ones.
The differences are true of any global McDs. But no matter what country you’re in, locations are designed so you’ll always recognize one.
Here’s a peek into the menu at McDonald’s in France:
First things first: French people don’t call it McDonald’s. We call it McDo.
French McDo restaurants can actually get pretty fancy.
This is what the display at a French McCafé looks like.
In the morning, you can also get a croissant or a pain au chocolat with your coffee.
French breakfast isn’t complete without bread and jam, which you’ll also find at McCafés.
And yes, in Paris, you CAN buy a beer in McDonalds.
While we’re talking about Pulp Fiction, the Quarter Pounder with cheese was indeed called “Le Royal Cheese” in France.
What you will find on the menu though is McDo’s take on a croque-monsieur.
You will also find a TRIPLE cheeseburger.
Speaking of cheese, you can also get a burger with Raclette cheese and Emmental, two of the most beloved cheeses in France.
There’s also the “Le Blue Cheese and Bacon” burger.
When it comes to sides, you can go traditional with some French fries, or try the “Potatoes”, which are thick-cut potato wedges.
Let’s talk desserts! There is “le Very Parfait”, an ice cream parfait with caramel, chocolate, or strawberry sauce, topped with a ton of whipped cream.
And, last but not least, the McFlurry. Just like the US, we have M&Ms and Oreo toppings, but there are other options too.
What are the food and drink items specific to McDonalds in your country? Leave them in the comments!