Grab a coffee. Sit down. Relax. Let’s take a look at some real coffee shops that have been spotted in film and TV.
From Jim Jarmusch’s unforgettable Coffee and Cigarettes to Twins Peaks and Amelie, coffee shops and that delicious beverage drank there have become a staple of cinema. Big chunks of the TV shows Friends and Seinfeld take place precisely there. Coffee shops in sitcoms often serve as a ground zero for hilarious antics and misadventures. Sometimes, their interiors are characters of their own.
However, did you know that some of those coffee shops, such as Twede’s Café from Twins Peaks and Café des deux Moulins from Amelie are actually real and that you can visit them in real life? Let’s have a look at some of those that are real and spotted frequently in famous TV shows and Movies.
This one is in the neighbourhood. Regency Café is a British café designed in art deco style and found in Regency Street, London. Opened way back in 1946, this coffee shop has been used as a filming location on multiple occasions, both for BBC series such as Rescue Me, Judge John Deed, and London Spy and for the films Brighton Rock, Layer Cake, Pride, and Rocketman.
Featured in memorable TV series Twin Peaks, Twede’s Café is an old-school diner know for its burgers, breakfasts, and pies. Previously known as Mar-T Café, Lynch directly translated this coffee shop into the campy Double R Diner, the epicenter of the series’ universe where somehow coffee and pie looked cool as hell. Its address is on the other side of the pond – 137 W North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045 to be precise.
When shooting of the original Twin Peaks series started in 1989, this coffee shop was well-equipped to serve as the noir Americana backdrop to investigatory and romantic intrigue in Lynch’s haunted mountain town. Its horseshoe lunch counter, tobacco brown wood paneling, and chrome-and-vinyl stools appeared in the series pilot and also in the later prequel movie Fire Walk With Me.
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Tom’s Restaurant is a diner found at 2880 Broadway (on the corner of West 112th Street) in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Cinephiles better know it as Monk’s Café, a fictional coffee shop from the famous TV sitcom Seinfeld. Its exterior was featured as a stand-in for this fictional café, where comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s eponymous character and his clique frequently gathered to eat. Although, the interior shown on the TV show looks very little like the real “Tom’s”, since indoor scenes were filmed on a set in L.A.
It is one of the wildest dreams for any Friends fan to get to live the Friends version of N.Y City, drink coffee in Central Perk and lose time on the orange couch with six of their closest friends: Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey. While you can’t actually hang with them since they’re fictional characters, you can definitely go to Central Perk.
Located in NYC, at 199 Lafayette Street at the corner of Broome Street in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, Central Perk is a fully functioning pop-up coffee shop. Plus, the pop-up features more than just free coffee – fans can check out signature props from the sitcom in the decorated storefront, hang out on the iconic orange couch, listen to live performance of “Smelly Cat”, and even meet Friends star James Michael Tyler, aka Gunther.