A Real ‘Central Perk’ Coffee Shop Is Happening—and People Couldn’t Be Any More Excited

Grab a giant coffee mug—Central Perk is coming to life!

Nearly 30 years after it premiered, Friends still has a tight grip on pop culture. It wasn’t just the titular friend group that Friends fans grew to love—even their apartments and Central Perk hold a dear spot in their hearts.

Friends wouldn’t be Friends without Central Perk. Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, and Ross’ hangout appeared in every episode. If you’ve always wanted to sit on the couch and catch up with your best friends, that dream will soon become a reality. A coffee shop inspired by Central Perk is set to open next year—and this time, it’s sticking around for good.

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Central Perk Is Opening for Real This Time

The concept of a real-life Central Perk cafe sounds familiar because it’s happened a few times before. Warner Brothers held its first Central Perk pop-up up in New York in 2014 in honor of Friends 20th anniversary. Since then, it’s made appearances and inspired a few imitators.

This time, however, Central Perk will actually have a brick-and-mortar location and sell its own Friends-themed coffee. Don’t forget to brush up on the type of coffee you want before you get there!

When Can I Visit?

Central Perk coffeeCourtesy Central Perk

Unfortunately, all we know about the new Central Perk cafe is that it’ll open sometime in 2023. Even the location hasn’t been decided yet! The team behind Central Perk Coffeehouse is set to announce more details on social media soon, so keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram. In the meantime, Central Perk coffee is already available to purchase. Look for three varieties: “How You Doin’?” a medium roast; “Pivot Blend,” a medium/dark roast: and “We Were on a Coffee Break,” a dark roast.

If you can’t wait until 2023 to get your Friends fix, stream old episodes and enjoy one of these Friends-inspired recipes, gift yourself a Friends-themed mug or make the Jennifer Aniston salad that she allegedly ate on set every day.

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Sarra Sedghi
Sarra Sedghi is a Birmingham-based writer and editor specializing in food, travel, and history. Her work has appeared in Allrecipes, Atlas Obscura, Eater, MyRecipes, Polygon, and Tasting Table. She excels at narrative writing, and received her MFA in Narrative Nonfiction from the University of Georgia in 2017.