The TV show Friends
was a worldwide phenomenon – Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Joey – the characters of this groundbreaking sitcom found their way into the hearts of many around the world. To revive and recreate the magic of the classic Friends
era, there are cafés in India based on the show that will transport you into the characters’ world. So, if you’re a prodigious fan and you’re travelling in India, check out these Friends
FRNDS Cafe, Pune
Cafe, Fast Food, Indian, $$$
fans in Pune rejoice as there is a café dedicated to your favourite sitcom, FRNDS Cafe
. It looks like it came straight out of the show with its orange couch, purple door, brick walls, olive green Central Perk sign and Monica’s kitchen lookalike. You can even dine in the Monica’s kitchen itself.
The walls are embellished with all things Friends, from quotes and one-liners from the series to the posters of the characters along with the theme song etched underneath it I’ll be there for you – the sight of all this will leave the fan in you jumping for joy. With great attention to the aesthetics, this cafe perfectly recreates the setting and vibe of the show and allows the patrons to relive their favourite Friends moments and feel like one of the characters. The icing on the cake is its delectable and reasonably priced multi-cuisine menu.
Central Perk 7, Bhubaneswar
Cafe, Barbeque, Indian, Italian, $$$
If you’re fascinated by Friends
, do check out Central Perk 7
, when you’re in the city. The walls are adorned with artwork of the show’s characters, and the orange couch and other memorabilia from the show beautify the place. This café has everything to rekindle your love for the show.
Plus, their menu is nothing short of delicious. You can sink your teeth into hot BBQ, pasta and kebabs, while watching Friends, as the TV series is played all day long on the massive LED screen. In fact, they even have steaks that are named after Joey, and their bestsellers are the vegetarian and non-vegetarian Live BBQ buffet, Joeyland Steak and Unagi Omelette. There are also branches in Pune, Kharghar, Raipur, Vijaywada and Kolhapur.
Friend’s Cafe, Kolkata
Cafe, Indian, $$$
This cafe in the ‘City of Joy’ will have you reminiscing about the sitcom from the moment you step through the door. The walls of the cafe are embellished with murals and objects, such as Phoebe’s bicycle, plus the iconic orange couch, the doors that will remind you of Monica’s apartment, as well as Pat the Dog, too.
The highlight is the mural on the outside wall that features the iconic pose of the characters at the fountain, in the opening credits of the show. While the café’s setting gives you the feel of the sitcom, the menu is entirely vegetarian replete with Phoebe’s choices, along with cheesecake named after Chandler and Rachel. However, the bestseller, is the Ross’s Moist Maker Sandwich. Everything here from the décor to the food is Insta-worthy!
Cafe Friends, Gurugram
Cafe, Italian, Indian, Fast Food, $$$
is not an entirely Friends
-themed café, but has a ‘Central Perk’ board adorning its wall, which is alone enough to take you down the Friends
memory lane. Just to create the vibe of the show, the place is donned with quotes on the subject of friendship. The space is lively and airy, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Guests can expect finger-licking fast food, street food, Italian and Indian meals here.