Friends Central Perk is getting a real cafe location

Central Perk, the coffeehouse that served as one of the main settings of the iconic sitcom Friends, is getting an actual physical location.

Is the Central Perk a real place?

Friends Central Perk is a fictional coffeehouse known as the ultimate hang-out space for Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry), and Ross (David Schwimmer) in the hit NBC series. But because of the show’s massive popularity, Central Perk has inspired a number of real coffee shops around the world.

Central Perk Coffeehouse

It is the inspiration for the soon-to-rise Central Perk Coffeehouse from Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and CenPer Holdings, LLC. Announced in August 2022, Central Perk Coffeehouse is a modern-day coffeehouse imbued with the same heart and soul as the iconic setting from the sitcom. The first real-life location of Central Perk Coffeehouse will open in 2023.

“Central Perk is more than just a coffeehouse, it was a home away from home for our six favorite FRIENDS,” said Peter van Roden, SVP, Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment. “Working closely with the CenPer Holdings team in creating this fresh, yet familiar environment, we’re looking forward to giving fans a Central Perk of their own — coffeehouses that capture the heart of the show while delivering a first-class coffee experience.”

Central Perk Coffee

While the first location and the exact opening date of Central Perk Coffeehouse have yet to be announced, fans are now able to get their coffee fix with the new Central Perk Coffee, a line of artisanal quality coffees made with the highest quality premium Arabica bean. Sustainably sourced, produced, and packaged using responsible environmental practices, Central Perk Coffee is available in three varieties: “How You Doin’?” (medium roast), “Pivot Blend” (medium/dark roast), and “We Were on a Coffee Break” (dark roast).

“Our goal with this partnership and the Central Perk brand, like all of my food and beverage enterprises, is to secure the best ingredients and then deliver superior products and services for a great customer experience,” Tom Colicchio, chef and CenPer Holdings partner, said of the venture with Warner Bros. “With Central Perk, we can’t wait to offer friends old and new a really enjoyable premium cup of coffee and hope they settle in with us for the next chapter of this beloved story.”

Lovingly roasted and shipped directly to consumers through a customizable coffee subscription service or a curated multi-blend variety pack (starting at $16.99), each blend of the Central Perk Coffee is available in whole bean and ground formats, as well as BPI Certified compostable single serve coffee pods compatible with Keurig K-Cup brewers. Single Central Perk Coffee products are also available.

Launched last August 24th, Central Perk Coffee can be ordered by visiting The first 6,000 new Central Perk Coffee subscribers will receive a complimentary, individually numbered limited-edition collectible can of “How You Doin’?” coffee.

Where is the Central Perk from Friends?

In the TV series, Central Perk is located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, in the same apartment block as Monica’s apartment. There are 97 steps away from Chandler and Joey’s apartment as Joey counts in season 1, episode 4, The One with George Stephanopoulos.

In 2006, Iranian businessman Mojtaba Asadian started a Central Perk franchise in real life, registering the name in 32 countries, including Dubai. James Michael Tyler, who portrayed the Central Perk manager in the series, Gunther, attended the grand opening of the Dubai cafe, where he worked as a waiter.

From September 24th to October 7th, 2009, a Central Perk replica at Broadwick Street, Soho in London sold real coffee to customers and featured a display of Friends memorabilia and props. There were also three Central Perks in Liverpool, United Kingdom but all shut down in 2016.

Business owner Du Xin also opened a coffee shop named Central Perk in March 2010 in Beijing, China.

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