A few of the Dubai oldies might remember that once upon a time there used to be quite an accurate copy of Central Perk, so much so that it was as if it had been taken straight out of a FRIENDS episode. The bad news is that cafe no longer exists, but the good news is that there’s finally a replacement in the city.
This new cafe isn’t quite a replica of the famous one in Friends, first evident with the slight variation in the name; Cross Cultural Perks Cafe & Bistro and by the overall exterior/logo as seen in the instagram picture below. If you’re a FRIENDS fan, then you can recognise the immediate similarities between the Cross Cultural Perks and Central Perk logos, with a few differences in font and iconic coffee cups at each end replaced with more traditional Arabic teapots. The inspiration is very much apparent, yet the cafe manages to assert its own unique identity that’s very fitting with its UAE roots.
Located at the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa in Al Fahidi, the good news is that it’ll be open for business 24/7, meaning you don’t have to restrict yourself to whatever time you feel like grabbing a coffee and muffin! You’ll also find an eclectic menu of all the comfort food we love such as, sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasta, as well as some traditional Indian and Asian dishes. Whether you stop by to catch up with some friends, grab a quick coffee or spend the day working (they have wifi!), the cozy ambience and decor is perfect for everything.