Last Updated on February 1, 2023
If you love all things Friends, then you need to check out this amazing Friends-themed apartment in Victoria, British Columbia. From the Central Perk coffee shop sign and Monica’s kitchen, to the art of Phoebe Buffay on the walls, this place is like a real-life version of the iconic TV show.
And it’s not just for superfans – the owners have thoughtfully designed the space so that it’s also welcoming and comfortable for guests who might not be as familiar with the show. Whether you’re a long-time Friends fan or simply looking for a unique and cozy place to stay in Victoria, this is definitely worth checking out!
Where Is Victoria?
Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a beautiful coastal city in British Columbia. It is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, as well as its stunning natural landscapes. Whether you are looking to visit local attractions like Butchart Gardens and Chinatown or want to explore the rugged coastline and nearby islands, there is something for everyone in Victoria. In addition, the city is also home to many excellent restaurants, shops, and attractions that make it a popular destination for tourists from around the world. If you are looking for a unique and memorable vacation destination, be sure to add Victoria, BC to your list!
How To Get To Victoria
Traveling By Ferry
The best way to get from Vancouver to Victoria is by taking a ferry across the Straits of Georgia. Not only is this the most scenic route, but it provides a chance to view some of coastal British Columbia’s most stunning shorelines. Taking a ferry also allows for more flexibility with regard to timing – many services run throughout the day and night – as well as having meal options en route. The journey by sea is one of the best ways to get from Vancouver to Victoria, one that will leave lasting impressions and plenty of happy memories. This way also gives you the option to drive on and provides a little more convenience getting around the city. If you walk on the ferry, you will need to take an hour’s bus ride downtown.
Traveling By Float Plane
Taking a float plane from Vancouver to Victoria is a unique way to travel between the two cities. The flight itself takes about 30 minutes, which is far less time than it takes to make the drive across the water. Not only do you get to enjoy a bit of aerial sightseeing, but getting there in such a short amount of time makes this mode of transportation ideal for those who want to get from one city to another quickly. Before you know it, you will be landing on the waters that call Victoria home and taking in breathtaking views of British Columbia’s coastal beauty. For those looking for an adventurous and fast journey, taking a float plane between Vancouver and Victoria is definitely worth considering.
About The “Friends” Sitcom
Are you familiar with this show? The one where one of the main characters lives in a vibrant lilac apartment? If you have ever wanted to feel like you’re living in the iconic apartment from “Friends,” an Airbnb in downtown Victoria is here to make that dream come true!
“Friends” is a popular television sitcom that ran for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004. Centered around the lives of six young adults living in New York City, the show quickly became a cultural phenomenon and is often credited with helping to define American pop culture during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The series was beloved for its relatable characters, clever writing, and lighthearted humor, and it continues to hold a special place in the hearts of fans around the world. Today, “Friends” is available to stream on Netflix and other online platforms, and many fans are still discovering new things about this classic show. If you’re a fan of all things Friends, be sure to check out this amazing Friends-themed apartment in Victoria, BC!
The One With The Purple Apartment
Where Is The Apartment?
Nestled in the heart of downtown, this luxurious suite – aptly named “The One with the Purple Apartment” – is located inside a heritage building. It is an easy 10-minute walk from Victoria’s harbor, one of the most picturesque spots in Victoria.
It’s the perfect place for a stay in downtown Victoria, whether you’re visiting to explore local attractions or simply looking for a unique accommodation experience.
Unfortunately, there are no parking spaces available onsite. However, conveniently located near the apartment are city-run parking areas that provide plenty of options for vehicles.
What To Expect
The entire space has been fully outfitted with nods to the “Friends” show. From photos of actors from the series, details from Monica’s kitchen, Joey’s stuffed penguin “Hugsy” on the bed, Pheobe’s art, and every kind of Friends-themed game and trivia you can imagine, this apartment is a must-see for any Friends fan.
While it is not an exact replica of Monica’s famous apartment, it is just as beautiful and comfortable. Unmistakably, the walls are awash in that iconic purple hue. The television is perfectly situated between the two doors, and the kitchen–which contains a dishwasher, stovetop, and microwave–is painted in the same delightful turquoise hue. The counter has a smooth curve to it that blends beautifully with its surroundings. Of course, you can’t forget about the refrigerator that adds an air of elegance to this fun Friends scene!
QR Code Friends Scavenger Hunt
Scan the QR code near the door after entering the apartment for fun scavenger hunts that were created to help you appreciate every detail that was included in the apartment.
How Many People Does It Accommodate?
The 350 square feet apartment has one bed up top and a couch that another person could sleep comfortably. This would best be experienced with a friend or two or as a fun romantic getaway. The apartment is small, but if you love the show Friends, it will blow your mind!
Where To Eat Nearby
Frankie’s Modern Diner (910 Government St) – A popular diner just a few blocks from the apartment, Frankie’s Modern Diner is an excellent choice for breakfast or lunch. With classic American diners fare like eggs benedict and juicy burgers, this family-friendly restaurant is perfect for any time of day. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, you’ll find plenty of options on the menu at Frankie’s Modern Diner. Expect generous portions, and to wait in a line outside. The 15-minute walk from the apartment and the wait to get a seat is completely worth it when you take that first bite.
Sult Pierogi Bar (609 Yates St.) – Sult Pierogi Bar takes a classic Eastern European dish and elevates it with global flavors and toppings. The pierogi are so delicious, you will not be able to get enough! This restaurant is just a few minute’s walk from the apartment.
Darcy’s Pub (1127 Wharf Street) – A Scottish pub with live music on the weekends. The food is well worth it. Come and tantalize your taste buds with delicious fish & chips, house-made burgers, succulent pork tacos, and homemade salads.
Jam Cafe (542 Herald St) – A gourmet take on classic comfort food, the Jam Cafe is a great option for a casual brunch. With a spacious, welcoming atmosphere and an extensive menu, there’s something for everyone at the Jam Cafe. Whether you’re in the mood for unique eggs benny, pancakes, or a drink with a kick, this popular cafe is sure to have something to satisfy your cravings.
Chocolats Favoris (1010 Government St) – If you have a sweet tooth, Chocolats Favoris is the place to go. This chocolaterie specializes in chocolate-dipped treats like soft ice cream cones, fruit, and even marshmallows! They also offer delicious fondue that will warm up your cold winter day.
Other Nearby Attractions
Inner Harbor– Experience all that Victoria has to offer from the doorstep of your apartment! Just a mere stroll away, you can explore museums, shops, and restaurants in the glorious Inner Harbour – with breathtaking views of the Victoria cityscape.
Beacon Hill Park – If you love spending time outdoors, Beacon Hill Park is the perfect place to explore. With beautiful gardens and trails to wander through, there’s no shortage of scenic views.
Market Square – Just a short walk from the apartment, Market Square is home to boutique shops, adorable cafes, and plenty of local events throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or just want to soak up the lively atmosphere, Market Square is worth a visit.
Munro’s Books – A short walk from The One with the Purple Apartment, Munro’s Books is a beloved independent bookstore that offers an eclectic selection of books and gift items. Whether you’re looking for a bestseller or a quirky gift, Munro’s Books is the perfect place to explore. And with its central location in downtown Victoria, it’s easy to stop by on your way to or from The One with the Purple Apartment.
Royal BC Museum – The Royal BC Museum is another popular attraction in downtown Victoria, and it’s just a short walk from the apartment. With exhibitions that explore BC’s natural history and culture, as well as archaeological artifacts from indigenous communities throughout Canada, the Royal BC Museum is an essential stop for anyone interested in learning more about this beautiful part of the world.
Tour The BC Parliament Building – If you’re looking for a way to explore more of downtown Victoria, consider taking a tour of the BC Parliament Building. Here, you can learn about the history and architecture of this beautiful building and its significance to Canada’s democratic system. Tours are available year-round. Check the website for days and times of tours.
Whale Watching – Of course, no trip to Victoria would be complete without a chance to see some whales. A walk to the harbor and you can hop on a whale-watching excursion and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. Make sure to book your tour in advance, as these trips often sell out!
This apartment will make you exclaim, in the words of Janice, “Oh. My. God!” With its central location, delicious food options nearby, and exciting local attractions, The One with the Purple Apartment is the perfect place to stay in Victoria and is reservable through Airbnb.
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