I went to the oldest McDonald's in the world – it’s so retro and the only place you can taste the original apple pie | The Sun

A TRAVEL bug who took a trip to the oldest operating McDonald’s in the world has revealed that it’s the only branch that sells the original apple pie.

Michelle Fonseca visited the branch to see how it ranked against modern builds of the takeaway giant. 

She documented the experience on Tik Tok and shared clips of the old-school décor, mascot sign and memorabilia.

What’s more, Michelle divulged that it is the only McDonald’s outlet in the world where you can taste the original apple pie. 

She narrated: "There are over 34,000 McDonald’s all over the world but none can compare to the one in Downey, California.

“This location is the oldest operating McDonald’s in the world.

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“Dating back to 1953, when a McDonald’s hamburger was only 15 cents.

“Be sure to check out the museum with tons of retro memorabilia. 

“And definitely don’t forget to order the fried apple pie – the only location you can get this at.”

Brits know that you can get an apple pie at any of its restaurants this side of the pond for £1.19.

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But as with all dishes, the original US recipe is different to what we have here in the UK.

Maccies apple pies in the UK consist of “a thin layer of deep-fried dough and an abundance of mouth-watering filling.

The original American menu ones were changed from fried to baked in the 90s – meaning the eatery's oldest store is the only place you can get a fried one in the US.

The takeaway has décor dating back to 1953 and is situated in Downey, California – a short drive from Downtown Los Angeles.

The retro location has a light up mascot that represents the days before Ronald McDonald.

It has its own museum lined with memorabilia and signs showing the 1950s prices.

In 1955 America, a McDonald's hamburger cost 15 cents and a portion of chips was 12 cents.

You could even buy a loaf of bread for 20 cents.

Michelle shared the seating area full of red and white chairs, which had some viewers feeling nostalgic.

One said: “It was and still is so colourful.

“Most McDonalds are just beige and sad looking.”

Another penned: “Such a charming design when down the block is another McDonald's and it’s the sad minimalist ones.”

However, it seems the retro spot is a point of tension for developers who want the land after it was shut down for two years in 2017.

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Michelle revealed: “It’s on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 1994 list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

“With both the public and preservationists demanding the restaurant be saved, McDonald's spent two years restoring the restaurant and reopened it.”

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