From October 5-18, fans of the show were treated to free coffee while snapping photos on the famous orange couch. Photo: Warner Bros. Entertainment

I visited the Central Perk pop up store when it was in Sydney

To celebrate the launch of Friends becoming available on Internet streaming subscription service Stan, a real-life Central Perk cafe popped up in Sydney’s Hyde Park for two weeks.

From Monday October 5 to Sunday October 18, fans of the show had the opportunity to visit the Friends cafe replica and enjoy a free cup of coffee in Central Perk-branded paper cups.

Fans were also invited to take photos on the famous couch that made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer household names.

As a huge fan of the show, I wanted in on the action and visited the cafe on Saturday. Here is my Friends experience:

 

I began documenting my wait at 1.14 pm when I posted this video to Vine:

Stan staff then told a couple people in front of me that it would be roughly an hour and a half to two hour wait. Oh, boy. What had I gotten myself into?

1.29 pm: I should have brought a friend.

1.30 pm: Hello, ibis, will you be my friend?

1.30.15, probably, pm: Oh, there’s two of you.

They're no chick and duck, but the ibises of Sydney kept me amused. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

They’re no chick and duck, but the ibises of Sydney kept me amused. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

1.36 pm: I began scrolling through my Facebook friend list, performing a mini ‘friend clean’.

1.41 pm: I received a text from a friend about boy drama. As someone who has very minimal experience in the relationship sector, I began giving her relationship advice.

1.43 pm: OMG, getting closer.

The portable cafe coming closer in view. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

The portable cafe coming closer in view. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

1.48 pm: They say never look back. I looked back, and this is what I saw:

The lines were long to sneak a peak of the famous TV cafe. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

Pivot! The lines were long and winding to sneak a peak of the famous TV cafe. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

There’s no turning back now!

1.53 pm: This waiting game is really start to test a few relationships in line. New sitcom, anyone?

2.10 pm: OMG.

Central Perk in all its glory. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

Central Perk in all its glory. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

Pssh! 1.5 – 2 hours? Yeah, right.

2.14 pm: The final stretch.

'No chill' factor for all involved. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

‘No chill’ factor for all involved. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

2.21 pm: Is. this. real. life?

With an array of memorabilia and cast photos on show, fans took photos on the orange couch before enjoying a complimentary cup of coffee. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

With an array of memorabilia and cast photos on show, fans took photos on the orange couch before enjoying a complimentary cup of coffee. Photo: Stephanie Youssef

I loitered in the cafe for another fifteen minutes or so, snapping photos of every. little. thing. and taking in the Central Perk-y vibes. It was happening.

My “Friends experience” Vine:

Bye, bye, Central Perk. Until next time…

Did you swing by Central Perk for a cuppa when it was here? Did you snap a pic on the famous Friends couch? Were all your fangirl dreams answered? Share your photos and experiences with us below.

We’ll be there for you, always. Rembrandt that.

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