Update [Nov 27, 10.00am]: Central Perk SG is now open to public, with operating hours from 10am to 10pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. Central Perk SG will be closed on Mondays.
When Lim Jit Min posted a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year in hopes of setting up Singapore’s first FRIENDS-themed cafe, fans quickly grabbed at the chance of seeing their favourite cafe come to life.
With over 4,000 pledges garnered, many were excited at the opportunity to sit on the iconic orange couch where Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe spend most of their days.
We had the opportunity to visit the cafe and boy, does it look pretty faithful to the NBC hit sitcom.
Besides the couch, the owners recreated Phoebe’s music corner with the iconic Central Perk logo on the window along with the bar counter from the show and neon lights in the background.
Fans will also recognise the main entrance door which Ross stood, staring at Rachel before they kissed in Season 2.
While Gunther won’t be serving the coffee at the cafe, the gold espresso machine will be present in all its glory.
In addition to the Central Perk set, the cafe also features an alfresco area as well as character-themed sections that pay homage to all six protagonists, inclusive of their memorabilia and merchandise.
For instance, Ross’s section is filled with miniature dinosaurs as seen in his apartment on the show, while Phoebe’s corner has a ‘smelly cat’ and peculiar artefacts.
Fans of Rachel will get to see her cheerleading outfit while Monica admirers will enjoy sitting in her apartment kitchen.
Joey and Chandler has a shared space inclusive of their iconic foosball table, dart board, and their famous TV cabinet.
No word yet on the official opening, but the cafe is expected to be opened to public within the next few weeks.
Central Perk Singapore is located at 1 Magazine Road, #01-01 Singapore 059567.