This may earn me a Big Mac thrown in my face, but you have to give McDonald’s credit for cool design.  The tired cookie cutter design with sloped roofs has long been passé along with the bland menu.  Whatever you may think about McDonald’s menu makeover, more of its restaurants are now chic--compared to the institutional Barbie plastic that in the past made McDonald’s more of a burger prison than a place to hang out.

Franchisees may balk at the cost of the makeover, and Mickey D’s must do more to convince dubious customers that is menu is more family and artery friendly, at least the outlets have more personality.  From Hacienda Heights, California (pictured above, click to expand) to Belgrade, Serbia (below), the Golden Arches are not a bad place to spend a few minutes to duck the rain or use the loo--or the Wi-Fi.  The interiors even match the salads (if you want a healthful meal, do not go overboard on the dressing!).

McDonald's, Downtown Belgrade

McDonald's, Downtown Belgrade

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.