Tuesday, March 19, 2019

McDonald's Imperial: Art Deco McDonald's in Porto

McDonald's Imperial in a landmark in Porto. Named for the majestic eagle that rests above the sign, formerly the Imperial Cafe. When Mcdonald's took over they preserved much of the structure and decor, which makes for an ironic sight: fast food amidst historic luxury. 

At this point in my life, I don't eat at McDonald's anymore, so I merely went inside to photograph and capture any culturally-specific relics. 

The first thing I noticed were the large self-ordering stations, made to look like giant smartphones. Here guests order and pay first, and pick p their purchases at the counter. No need to talk to the staff. 

Although it was extremely crowded, I still got to see the beautiful chandeliers inside, as well as the stained glass designs. 

There were even finer details in the ceiling if you take the time to look up. 

In all, this is probably one of the most interesting McDonald's locations in the world. I'm glad I got to experience the richness of Porto's architectural history...without any of the fast food calories. 

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