Lonely Planet Writer

Luke's Diner is popping up all over the United States and giving away free coffee to Gilmore Girls fans

If Lorelai Gilmore is your spirit animal and you share her fanatical need for a regular caffeine fix, then get excited. More than 200 Luke’s Diners will be popping up all over the United States on Wednesday 5 October and serving up free coffee to Gilmore Girls fanatics.

A Luke's diner pop-up is coming to a town near you.
A Gilmore Girls pop-up is coming to a town near you. Image by Netflix

The Gilmore Girls pop-ups will appear in every US state (and a few venues in Canada), and, will be giving away free coffee and Gilmore Girls-themed cups and sleeves. The giveaway will only last from 7 am until noon, so, fans will need to be quick to take home their souvenirs. The cafes will be transformed into Luke’s Diners with the help of branded aprons and t-shirts to give you the full experience.


Eater confirmed the nationwide giveaway is sponsored by Netflix in celebration of the upcoming Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, a mini-series which revisits the beloved characters eight years after their story ended. The date is also the 16th anniversary of the series’ first air date in 2000. For the uninitiated, coffee – and Lorelai’s love for it – played a huge role in the series ,with the unofficial tally of cups consumed on screen coming to a whopping 503.

Gilmore Girls fever is reaching what might be an all-time high in the run up to the new series. A fan festival will take place later this month in Washington Depot, the town that inspired the fictional setting of Stars Hollow. With the Gilmores’ Friday Night Dinner, a knit-a-thon and recipes inspired by the show, it promises to be a mega-fans dream event.

If you can’t make it to Connecticut however, check out the nationwide locations online for Luke’s Dinner to get your caffeinated Gilmore fix.