The One Where We Visited Central Perk
Its true the Chinese are good at copying things, and so therefore it makes sense that there is a Central Perk coffee shop in Shanghai. Obviously as a huge Friends fan, I HAD to go visit this knock off set. Overall, they did a good job copying the furniture pieces (even down to the fabric on the bar stools) and the overall layout of the cafe. The space was significantly smaller than the actual set so everything was a bit crammed but you could still make out the stage where Pheobe would serenade with delightfully off color tunes and obviously they had “the couch”. My favorite things were the mugs, all custom made with friends quotes (“My name is Chandler…could I BE wearing any more clothes?!”) and the fact that they played Friends episodes non-stop on a TV mounted to the back wall. Brian and I watched a few episodes (including The One with the Blackout…one of my faves!) while enjoying their overpriced, mediocre coffee. The only thing that would make this place better is if Gunther actually served the coffee instead of a bow-tie-less asian man.
This is awesome