The Friends Experience In Paris: An Outing For Fans Of The Cult Series
After having met with success in several cities in the United States and Canada, The Friends Experience is coming to Paris until January 22, 2023. If you've always dreamed of sitting on the famous orange couch from the series Friends, go and discover this immersive experience imagined for the fans!
Welcome to the sets of Friends
Twenty years after Friends went off the air in France, nostalgia is still alive and well, as evidenced by the immersive exhibition dedicated to the famous sitcom.
If you are a fan of the adventures of Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Joey and Chandler, this event is for you. To realize the dream of going to the other side of the small screen and walk in the sets of the series, you just have to go to the Parc des expositions de la Porte de Versailles. That's where the exhibition The Friends Experience has set up shop until January 22, 2023.
More than just an exhibition, this event is an immersive and unusual experience that brings visitors into the world of this American fiction. You will be able to see the famous orange couch from the credits and much more!
You'll really feel like you're entering the New York building that serves as the setting for the adventures of the group of friends. The highly Instagrammable set design was designed to allow visitors to take as many pictures as possible. You will be able to have your picture taken on the orange couch and leave with a personalized souvenir of the exhibition (for 10€).
At the end of the tour, you can also have a coffee in a recreation of Central Perk and shop at the food stands offering American specialties, including a Thanksgiving menu with a turkey sandwich!
A first in Europe
After crisscrossing the United States and Canada, The Friends Experience has chosen Paris for its first European stop. This is a godsend for fans of the first hour who will be able to relive the highlights of the cult series in Monica's kitchen, Joey and Chandler's apartment and of course the inevitable Central Perk café!
From the moment they line up, visitors are immersed in the atmosphere of the series thanks to screens that continuously show emblematic excerpts from the 236 episodes.
Another part of the exhibition allows visitors to go behind the scenes of the series and its creation. The actors' costumes are on display and each of the 6 characters is given their moment of glory.
An entire wall is dedicated to The Rachel (Jennifer Aniston's iconic haircut) and its evolution over the course of the series: a hair symbol very evocative of how this soap opera influenced the fashion of the decades 1990 and 2000!
The love stories of the characters are represented by a subway map and a Wall of fame reminds us that guests like George Clooney and Ben Stiller appeared in the show.
If you spent part of your youth watching these episodes, this experience will act on you like a real Proust's madeleine! You will surely feel nostalgic in these very carefully reconstructed settings and have a great time taking pictures.
It should be noted, however, that this experience offered in French and English is mainly for fans and that the others won't understand much of it... The visit lasts one hour and you can take all the pictures you want in the sets of the series.
The Friends Experience takes place in Paris from November 21, 2022 to January 22, 2023.
Reservations are required and time slots must be adhered to in order to be allowed to cross the threshold of the exhibition in small groups.
Parc des expositions Porte de Versailles
1 place de la Porte de Versailles
Monday and Tuesday: from 10am to 6pm (last entry).
Wednesday to Sunday: from 10am to 9pm (last entry).
Adult : 25 €
Children: 20 €.
Reduced rate for people with reduced mobility: €15.50