It’s never been easier for Friends fans to channel Ross, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, and Chandler with a Central Perk-inspired hangout. Whether you decide to visit a Friends pop-up with your besties or take a virtual tour of all the show’s most iconic filming locations from the comfort of your home, you know it’s got to be as epic as the Friends cast coming together. Be inspired by the OG Central Perk crew by doing one of the manyFriends TV show-inspired experiences and events that are available.
Instead of just planning to rewatch your favorite episodes from the series for the millionth time, “pivot” your plans a bit to include a little Friends-themed adventure as well. If you’re in a city like NYC or Dallas, you and your crew could visit some of the replicated sets from the show for a few Instagram snaps. If you don’t have a “pla” yet for how you’ll be rewatching Friends, you can make one by renting out a Friends-themed Airbnb and watching the show together in your matching Friends crewnecks ($38.25, Etsy). Keep in mind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that you should delay any travel plans until you’re fully vaccinated, and even after you’ve all received all your vaccinations, you should still follow the COVID-19 protocols of the places you’re visiting. Once that’s all set, you can live out your Friends-related dreams with the Rachel to your Monica.
You and your Day 1s are no longer on a break, so make this hangout one that would leave Janice saying, “Oh. My. God.” Any of these nine Friends-inspired experiences would be a good start.