Who wouldn’t want to live in Manhattan, let alone have the money and free time to nearly-constantly hang out in a cafe like the eponymous Friends? With a wealth of cozy couches, Central Perk seems like it would be a fantastic place to spend some time if there weren’t six extremely loud and obnoxious people taking up the best spot every day.
The titular Gilmore Girls sure do love their coffee, but seem to hate to make it themselves. If you turn on an episode of the series, a trip to Luke’s Diner is nearly-guaranteed. Not that they seem to have a wealth of options in Stars Hollow, Luke seems to be passionate about his craft.
It’s no wonder that the American coffee craze began in Seattle, Washington. What better way to spend a day in the perennially rainy city than to cozy up with a hot cup of joe? Niles and Frasier Crane may not have love or familial relationships figured out, but they certainly know how to spend their disposable incomes: espresso.
Sometimes what you really want is an unassuming diner with no frills and endless refills of drip coffee. That’s precisely what the characters of Seinfeld get at their favorite hangout, Monk’s Diner. It’s so famous today that people regularly go out of their way to take a picture of its real-life exterior—actually called Tom’s Restaurant—in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
David Lynch’s infamous attention to detail pays off in spades with Twin Peaks’s beloved diner, the Double R. The home of some “damn good cherry pie” continues to inspire fledgling film fans to this day. Though the town of Twin Peaks is full of dark mysteries, The Double R Diner is unmistakably warm and inviting.