Buzz·Posted on 18 Aug 2014There's An Amazing Real-Life Version Of The "Friends" Cafe In BeijingChinese fans flock to the replica café to eat "Ross cupcakes", stroke a real-life smelly cat, and relax in a knock-off version of Joey and Chandler’s apartment next door.by Jamie FullertonBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink On the sixth floor of an otherwise deserted Beijing shopping mall called Chaowai Soho lies Friends’ Café. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed As that iconic logo suggests, it’s inspired by Central Perk: the café where the characters in Friends guzzled drinks for years. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed It opened in 2009, five years after the last episode of the show was broadcast. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed They’ve got the Friends font down pretty well. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed And the atmosphere is spot on, too. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed (Despite that escalator being visible from certain angles.) Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed It’s a great place to take a selfie, especially if you have a special selfie phone-camera holder. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed It shows Friends episodes constantly. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed And, of course, you can watch from the comfort of a replica of that famous couch. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed You can enjoy coffee “straight from the mutter’s utter”, whatever that means. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed Plus there’s a real-life (slightly) smelly cat to stroke. Even the original didn’t have that. Friends' Café "What are they feeding you?" A live goldfish, if someone doesn't step in here... Friends' Café All the staff members adopt names of the show's characters. Here’s the business card for the sister branch in Shanghai, along with the staffers’ English language names. Jamie Fullerton/Buzzfeed This wall art helpfully reminds you of the catchphrases. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed “WE WERE ON A BREAK!” Etc. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed You can buy cupcakes named after each character while being reminded that “life is a cup of cake”. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed If you get bored you can head to this replica of Joey and Chandler’s apartment next door. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed The café guestbook is an interesting read. Some of the messages are very sweet. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed This reads: “We are finally here! After twists and turns, we finally found this place. So exciting! We have seen Friends for four times. The whole season! Super! Four times! Since I can’t go to America, here is the perfect place for me to get a little bit closer to America. 2013 > June > summer my friend WJ will go to England! Wish her the best and have a nice trip! Aviva & Dolphin.” Some of them are mildly creepy. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed This reads: “I want to have a rest. Stay in my home: eating, watching. Here is Friend’s Café.” Some of them are hugely poignant. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed This reads: “Phoebe: you cannot save all the Christmas trees, but you can save the young and the old for Monica! I love you! Lena.” Some of them are depressingly pessimistic. Jamie Fullerton This reads: “Dream came true finally. First got in touch with Friends in freshman year, since then I just couldn’t help myself falling in love with the six great guys – esp. R&R. Actually I had a crush on Ross, maybe I like man like him, but I know I’ll never find a guy like him. Who’s the man worth waiting for… Ruby.” Some of them are brilliantly optimistic. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed This reads: “Chandler, I hope you are gay. Jerry.” Some feature detailed character diagrams. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed But everyone there agrees on one thing: Friends’ Café in Beijing is brilliant. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed You might even find your lobsters there. Jamie Fullerton/BuzzFeed Find the café in the Chaowai Soho mall (and tell "Rachel" that BuzzFeed sent you).