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Saving Money, But Maybe Not Your Waistline At McD’s In Lima

by Tony · 9 comments

Cheap Ice Cream and Coffee in Peru

Don't you dare judge us...

Mickey D’s, McD’s, and to our Australian Friends… Mackers.

Whatever you want to call it, McDonald’s is the Magneto of fast food chains. The Super-villain extraordanaire… and for good reason.

But have you been lately?

We sure hadn’t. But only6 blocks down the road from our family-stay in Lima, Peru is a newly renovated McDonald’s that blew our minds.

If you have been following our hostel-cooking 101 articles, you know Meg and I tend to like food that is healthy, delicious, and doesn’t make you want to die when you’re done eating it. McDonald’s only goes one for three on that count, but that is just from the regular meal menu.

Their ice cream/Fro-yo though… is just fan-freakin-tastic! I highly recommend the MilkyWay MilkFlurry on a late night stroll. Also, for poor backpackers like us… how can you beat $2.15 for a giant bowl of ice creamy goodness?


We need the extra calories after the Inca Trail Trek... right?

And don’t you dare look down your nose at the McCafe.

Vanilla Latte GoodnessWhile I met have laughed when I first heard McDonald’s was opening a Starbucks competitor, I am not laughing now. Beautifully integrated into the new layout of a grand Mickey D’s in downtown Lima, McCafe offers great coffee that is actually cheap!

Oh… and there is Wi-Fi. Now that’s just crazy, right?

We don’t really eat fast food, so I am sure we are late on this realization… but seriously, McDonald’s is kind of kick-ass for a backpacker on a budget (at least in Lima)!

Bonus for any wandering traveler’s that take us up on this recommendation and check out the McDonald’s in downtown Lima: The bathrooms are THE best in all of South America. You are welcome.

Any other surprising chains that have wowed you overseas? 

2nd floor balcony at McDonald's?

Oh, and did I fail to mention that it had a 2nd story balcony... cause it did!

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

JR April 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

R U kidding me :) This one I did not expect. I guess it must feel pretty good to see a Mickie D’s when traveling the world.

tony April 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

A McDonald’s with a second floor balcony? Come on! We HAD to investigate!

catherine rulli April 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

The coffees look rather fantastic and so does the ice cream. For the bathrooms alone I think it was a wise choice.

tony April 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

hahaha the bathrooms really took it up a notch in our eyes… almost like it was a McDonald’s spa!

Kipp April 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

I’m pretty surprised by the McCafe. I haven’t heard much about it, but now I’m intrigued. Anything is better than Starbucks prices.

It’s always good to see a familiar chain in a foreign place. After being in Spain for over a month, running into a Dunks in Madrid was amazing.

tony April 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I still love Starbucks… but not on a backpackers budget. We did a walk-by comparison and the Lima Starbucks had a vanilla latte for 3.50 vh McD’s 2.25… that’ll add up.

Lauren April 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

This entry (article, update…) gave me a good laugh. We had the exact same Lima and Milkyway McFlurry experience. We actually waited 20 minutes in line for it. And damn, was it ever worth it!!!

tony April 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

SO GLAD that someone else can back us up on this… best McD’s ever right? And that McFlurry was totallllly worth it. I think I ate 6 of them in 4 days…

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