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McCafes on the Champs Elysees

Does Paris have room for another cafe? I guess that's a pretty silly question - sort of like asking whether or not I have room for another baked good (hint: the answer is always yes). However, does Paris have room for another McCafe? That's right a McCafe, as in McDonald's. Over the next two years, McDonald's is hoping to open 250 McDonald's-branded cafes in France. The move is being considered by McDonald's as a way to be considered more than just an American hamburger joint. The pilot McCafe is open now on the Champs Elysees and does not feature the classic McD's red & yellow colors, it uses a darker, richer color palette instead.

I'm personally not sure how this will do (although Starbucks broke through eventually), so maybe people will be okay with this. What I want to know is, if it does well in Paris, will McD's try to open some McCafes in the US too?

Source: Yummr

Yeye-Lynvonne Yeye-Lynvonne 8 years
I live in Chicago and was in Nice, France in July. There were lots of McDonalds with McCafes, yet I never went to them. Now McCafes are popping up all over my neighborhood. The decor is warm and inviting, perfect for the fall and winter. Blessings Yeye
DCStar DCStar 10 years
If McCafe's came here, and they served european coffee and euro-style espresso, etc. I don't think it could have a downside! How nice. It would also be more affordable than other options. THat being said, I'd prefer a local european brewed cafe creme any day.
mireille mireille 10 years
I think this is sad.
riva riva 10 years
We have McCafe here in Germany, too. I was sceptical at first, but the coffee is really not that bad and much cheaper than Starbucks. I prefer "real" cafes, though, but when you are travelling, it is nice to pick up some coffee and muffins to go, instead of other fast food at the train station or autobahn stops. -- Of all the things I've lost, my mind I miss the most.
Mmmarshmallow Mmmarshmallow 10 years
Being from New Zealand, I was firstly surprised to find that there were no McCafes in the US - and secondly, I was VERY surprised to find the quality of Starbucks incredibly BAD to what is served in other countries. I avoid Starbucks like the plague in New Zealand, but in the US, there aren't many alternatives, and are even worse than the New Zealand versions - we have rivals like Australia's Gloria Jeans, and Canada's Esquires which provide MUCH better coffee - and McCafe is much better than Starbucks, gives people an alternative to a Big Mac Combo when taking their kids in to McDonalds I think that McDonalds are barking up the wrong tree trying to get the French to drink any American coffee at all. Starbucks, McCafe, or anything.
Indygirlie Indygirlie 10 years
Actually, they have already test-marketed these in the States, not as standalone stores, but as special McDonald's stores. The coffee was Lavazza branded and they had nice bakery items and good soups and sandwiches for lunch/dinner. Everything from the McCafe side of things was really good. I often picked up a nice turkey sandwich on good bread there for lunch as it was right by my former place of employment. Unfortunately, the one around here in Indianapolis, lasted about 3 years or so before they took it out. And now I never go to McDonald's. The US was actually the 18th country to have McCafe's.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
McD's needs to stick to what they're good at - Happy Meals and apple pies. Leave cafes to authentic Parisian entrepreneurs and restauranteurs. Return the shoes? I can't talk to you when you're hysterical.
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
I have to add that while I LOVE European coffee, after a month I was craving a "mug" of coffee, those little cups are cute tho. And I did start missing the great servers that keep my cup full at my favorite diner.
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
I'm with ccsugar. I avoid fast food when abroad. It doesn't taste the same anyway. OK, if I knew how to do all these cute smiley faces I would have a "lmao" over the "fourbucks" comment by bobcatsteph3!!!!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Yeah, if you're an American and you're in Europe, why in the world would you want to go to a McDonald's??!?!? Makes no sense.
Leoschoice Leoschoice 10 years
I'm not sure those McCafes will change the way Parisians have their coffee. Starbucks opened a dozen branded cafes here in Paris since 2003, and it didn't make any real difference. I guess I'll check the McCafe though, just out of curiosity. I totally agree with partysugar about globalization of food. When i go to the States, i don't look for baguettes and foie gras, i like to have "food experiences" :) Diversity is what makes us so rich and unique.
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
ugh. give me my nice small cafe anyday, i'm pretty sure their stuff will be full of chemicals and they're probably mutilating the rainforest or something to make this possible.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Hmm. Interesting. Makes you think about the image of McDonald's in Europe.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I've seen them abroad as well. I think we have enough places to get coffee...
GeorgiaCharlotte GeorgiaCharlotte 10 years
They have McCafes here in Russia. I got a coffee there once because I was in a group of people and everyone else wanted to go there. I needed some coffee, how bad could it be? Never again though, it was awful.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
This makes me sad. I hate the globalization of food as much as I hate the globalization of fashion. I don't want to eat the same foods everywhere in the world, if it's all the same why travel? Likewise goes for shopping.
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
I think I could see these in college towns where they must be cheaper than "Fourbucks!" Also I could see the draw for American's rather than those who are native in other countries, no doubt they have been eating at much better cafes for decades! Never had as good of pastries as I did in Europe!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Okay--so I went by this yesterday and did a double-take! I went inside, cuz I had to, and (THIS IS NOT A RUDE COMMENT) almost all the customers had American accents. But then, I'm not shocked that most of the patrons were tourists. Starbucks has been here since 2003 and the French STILL reject it as "fast fud coffee!" Hehehehe...sorry, couldn't resist the accent on the word food!
beamer1 beamer1 10 years
When I went to the Philippines last year, I saw some McCafes around the big cities. It's a good, cheaper alternative to the Starbucks that are in the malls.
kikichantelle kikichantelle 10 years
I live near Milan right now, and every single McDonald's in Italy seems to have one of these McCafe's! They're ok, but I go to McD's when I'm in the mood for french fries, NOT when I feel like a cappuccino!!!! haha... They seem to be really popular here for breakfast though- you can buy a brioche and a coffee (the quintessential Italian breakfast) for only a euro or two. It's sad- they don't even have Egg McMuffins... I don't think they know what they're missing.
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