I am sure some of you have heard about the new café opened by Primark which is designed to look exactly like the Central Perk café from Friends, the famous comedy series. Funny enough, I am living in Manchester, but had no idea about this. I had to find out from other people who are not even living in UK! 😂 The café has opened on Wednesday 12th of June and in the same day, I started to receive messages from my friends from France and Romania letting me know about this event. Of course I was mega excited to find out these news and I had to go down there and visit this café. Now I m not saying I am the biggest fan of Friends, but I watched it 3 times in the past 10 months…
The café was so much prettier and more realistic than I expected. It is situated on the ground floor of Primark (on Market Street). Just outside the café, there is a photo opportunity with the iconic orange velvet sofa.
The café’s walls are decorated with friends-themed artworks. Let’s play a little game: I will share all the prints here and you will say in which way each of these artworks is connected to Friends.
Inside the Central Perk from Manchester there are large rugs on the floor, black and gold patterned seats and orange velvet banquettes – plus faux-exposed brick walls and a marble counter top.
I spent maybe one hour at the café and I heard the Friends theme song-I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts-more than 4 times. Each time, after the song ended, I was expecting to see Rachel or Joey coming into the café, but unfortunately that did not happen 😄
The menu is, of course, Central Perk-themed and it has a larger selection of drinks, food and desserts than you may think! There’s a range of coffees, teas, soft drinks, sandwiches, waffles, with toppings including double chocolate and banana and salted caramel, giant pretzels, a rainbow cake, muffins, pastries, cookies etc.
Just outside the café, there is a range of Friends-themed merchandise at very affordable prices and some items are really cute and funny.
If you are a Friends fan and have the opportunity to visit this café, don’t miss it!