While the TV show “Friends” ended six years ago, it’s still one of the most popular TV shows today with daily reruns all over the world. I’m one of those big fans, owning the complete DVD set which I have watched countless of times. Other die hard fans can agree after watching it over and over again everything is pretty much imprinted in your brains, the apartments, the quotes and Central Perk.
Central Perk has become my measurement to other coffee shops, I know of one shop that comes close but their coffee sucks. But who can forget the comfy orange couch, Phoebe’s guitar, and the wooden table which till today I want something like that for my living room.
Du Xin from Beijing, China a die hard fan of “Friends” took matter into own hands and opened an exact replica from Central Perk on the 6th floor of a building located in the middle of Beijing. And when I say exact replica I mean from the shop window to the blackboard in the back with the menu written on it.
By watching the DVD’s with attention to all details and looking at photos after 5 months Du Xin was able to complete his replica. Once word of mouth got through the cafe quickly became busy with college students and professionals who watched “Friends” when it was originally airing in the 90’s and early 2000.
If you are planning a trip to Beijing and are a “Friends” fan you should make a stop at, Central Perk, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Building A, Suite 0616. 朝阳门外大街,朝外SOHO,A区0616室.
The staff speaks perfect English so you’ll be able to order your coffee with no problems and enjoy your time there. Maybe by then an alter Phoebe will have shown up to play and sing Smelly Cat on her guitar.