Who doesn’t love “Sex and the City”? It’s iconic. Miranda, Carrie, Samantha, and Charlotte influenced generations of young women and men, fashion trends, and taught even the most experienced a little something about sex. One of the best TV shows and one of the best cities in the world – or so I’ve been told.
If you want to wander in the tracks of Carrie & Co, this tour is perfect for you.
Only read this if you’ve finished the series and the movies, or if you are ready for spoilers.
42 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022
Tao’s is where Carrie first officially met Big; and – if you can afford it – an amazing place for food and parties.
2. Magnolia Bakery
401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
One of the most iconic bakeries in New York, and maybe even the world. Here you can get the best cupcakes, and eat it while sit outside on the café’s bench, just like Miranda and Carrie did.
3. Carrie’s Apartment
Bleecker St & Perry St, New York, NY 10014
This really doesn’t need much explanation. This is where Carrie lived for years, the steps she sat and cried on, the door in front of which she kissed quite a few men, and the street in which Big surprised her for her birthday. Definitely the most important stop of the “Sex and the City” tour.
20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020
Christie’s is where Samantha and the girls went to an auction – and some bidder on the phone outbid Samantha on a gorgeous diamond ring. (She ended up getting it anyway.)
5. Columbus Circle Fountain
Central Park West and Broadway, NY 10023
This is where Carrie and Aidan finally realize that their relationship is not working out, and break up.
6. New York Public Library
476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
The library was first seen when Miranda told two fellow young women sitting on the library’s steps, that the guy one of the girls was texting, just wasn’t “that into her”. But it is also where Carrie got married to Big – or rather where she showed up to get married – and he didn’t.
7. Russian Samovar
256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Russian Samovar is the restaurant Carrie and Aleksandr had their first (and pretty weird) date in. Aleksandr Petrovsky’s actor Mikhail Baryshnikov is also part owner of this restaurant.
8. Central Park
Central Park, New York, NY
Well, a lot of scenes were shot in Central Park: Charlotte on her horse, Charlotte running and falling in love with Elizabeth Taylor, the ice rink, and countless moments of the women strolling through (and sometimes even meeting a cute guy).
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Though this restaurant is not featured in the series, it plays a fairly important part in the Sex and the City movie. This is where Carrie and Big have their rehearsal dinner, and – yes, you remembered correctly – where Miranda told Carrie not to get married.
10. Miranda’s new Apartment
Henry St & Rutgers St, New York, NY 10002
After Miranda and Steve split, this is the apartment Miranda moved into. It is located in a – according to Miranda – very hip and upcoming neighborhood.
11. Hotel Giraffe
365 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016
Big’s Apartment is not an actual flat – but the penthouse suite of the luxurious Hotel Giraffe. Unfortunately, you cannot visit the room (unless you book it of course).
Bryant Park, 6th Avenue and West 41st Street, 10018
This too doesn’t need much context. This is the merry-go-round Charlotte and Harry took their small daughter on.
13. Jefferson Market Garden
70 A Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011
Without a doubt one of the most beautiful weddings in film history – the marriage of Steve and Miranda. A small-scale wedding with a stunning scenery, located in the centre of Manhattan.
14. Onieal’s Restaurant & Bar
174 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
Though its official name is Onieal’s, Sex and the City fans might know it under the name “Scout” – Steve and Aidan’s bar.
15. Il Cantinori
32 E 10th St #1, New York, NY 10003
Il Cantinori is a pretty, small Italian restaurant with great food. But it is also where Carrie celebrates her 30th birthday – on her own.
16. St. Mark’s Comics
11 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
In search of her cleaners, Carrie stumbles upon this comic book store – or rather, she discovers that her cleaners has moved. This is where she meets Wade, the guy who still lives with his parents, looks like a typical surfer-boy, and from whom Carrie gets enough weed to last her a few years.
17. Church of the Transfiguration
1 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
Do you remember the hot priest Samantha met, and bought peas for? Well, this is the church she met him in.
18. Lumi Restaurant
963 Lexington Ave #1, New York, NY 10021
Lumi’s is the restaurant in front of which Charlotte saw Big again for the first time after he left Carrie at the altar. But this is also where her water breaks and Big takes her to the hospital.
19. Louis K. Meisel Gallery
141 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
This is not only a beautiful gallery with fantastic exhibitions, it is also the gallery Charlotte worked in. Even if you’re not interested in Sex and the City filming locations, it is still worth a visit.
20. Monkey Bar
60 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022
Remember Ray, the jazz-musician with the many, many, many instruments? The restaurant/bar Monkey Bar is where Carrie first met him.
21. Carrie & Big’s Apartment
5th Ave & E 82nd St, New York, NY 10028
This is the apartment – the apartment Carrie fell in love with, the apartment Carrie and Big wanted to move in together, and the apartment they never got to live in.
22. Raouls’s Restaurant
Prince St & Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Raoul’s is the restaurant Carrie and Miranda enjoyed a delicious dinner in – on Valentine’s Day – and were mistaken for a couple.
* This post is not based on my own travels.