When I was in college, Thursday night was always spent crowded around the TV watching the show Friends. Thanks to the help of a box set Christmas present, I can say that I have seen every episode created. I thoroughly enjoy the show, especially the scenes shot at the Central Perk, a coffee house in New York.
In 2006, an Iranian businessman decided to cash in on the Central Perk idea and started a franchise of the coffee houses in 32 different countries. Fortunately one of these cafes is located in Shanghai! So over the Mayday holiday, Chris and I stopped by to have a cup of coffee and enjoy a few episodes of Friends.
|The cafe is a little tricky to find. Don't enter the doorway by the 160 street sign. Keep walking down the street to this sign.|
|Chris decided to dress in 90's flannel for our visit.|
|As we were walking in, this little kitty was walking out. I couldn't help singing "Smelly Cat".|
|This Central Perk window was actually inside the cafe. It looked remarkably like the sign on the show.|
|In addition to coffee, the cafe offered character themed cupcakes.|
|They were out of the Monica, so I settled for an awesome Red Velvet Rachel cupcake.|
|Chris cuddles Hugsy, Joey's penguin, on the couch.|
|The drinks are served in Friends favorite quote mugs. I loved the episode with Ross and Emily's wedding!|
|The barista added a little Central Perk touch to Chris' Brown Sugar coffee. At the cafe, patrons can sip coffee while watching old episodes of Friends.|
|I was quite impressed with their coffee selections.|
If you like Friends, cupcakes, and/or coffee I highly recommend a stop to Central Perk. For instructions on how to get to Central Perk, click here!