These Iconic 'Friends' Locations Are Being Recreated — Here's How You Can Visit

screenshot of Friends apartment
credit: Netflix

As it turns out, Friends actually will be there for you, even 25 years after it first aired. The beloved TV show debuted in 1994 (which means that people born during the first season are roughly the same age as the characters in the show — yep, we feel old). But despite all that time passed since we first met the coffee-loving gang, fans are obsessed as ever. Case in point: a Friends pop-up is coming to New York City this fall, and tickets are all but guaranteed to sell out.

screenshot of Central Perk from Friends
credit: Netflix

The experience — cheekily named "The One with the Pop-Up" in a nod to the naming convention of the episodes — will feature reconstructions of some of the most famous sets on the show, from Monica's perfectly priced purple apartment to the Central Perk coffee shop. There will also be a cleaning lesson for all the Monicas out there, sponsored by Method.

It's the first full-fledged experience dedicated to the show with multiple sets, although a Central Perk pop-up presented by Eight O'Clock Coffee occurred in New York in 2014, timed to the show's 20th anniversary.

This new Friends pop-up will run from September 7 through October 6, and timed tickets for the experience go on sale here Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. And if you can't make it to New York this fall to get all your Instagram shots of the sets, you can still deck out your own home in Friends style, thanks to Pottery Barn's themed collection. We're ready to relive the unmistakable decor style of this classic show.


Stefanie Waldek

Stefanie Waldek

Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.