Strap on your manolos (or maybe just a pair of flats) and see your favorite Sex and the City sites! The Manhattan based American television sitcom that helped define a generation may only being showing re-runs these days, but you can still visit all the New York hot spots where some of the series most memorable moments happened.
While Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte may still entertain us, Manhattan is the fifth character and truly the heart of the show. It’s the city that intrigues us and takes us on an adventure; the other four are just along for the ride with the rest of us.
New York City was Carrie’s first love, and we know you’ll fall in love with it too when you visit.
Here are some places we once journeyed to through our TV screens that you can see first hand when you visit the city.
- Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry; remember the firefighter calendar contest on Staten Island. The ferry ride is free and will give you a fantastic view lower Manhattan.
- Pastis. This is the French bistro Carrie and ‘the Russian’ have brunch at. Just make sure you make a reservation at least a week in advance.
- Jefferson Market Garden in Greenwich Village. This popular green space is where Miranda and Steve said their I do’s.
- Il Cantinori, a celeb hot spot, this is where Carrie celebrate her birthday all by her lonesome.
- Magnolia Bakery, the cupcake shop that started the whole cupcake craze. Remember the scene where Miranda and Carrie enjoyed these sweet treats while talking about Carrie’s latest crush, Aidan.
- Pete’s Tavern, the longest continuously operating bar and restaurant in the city is where Miranda asked Steve to marry her.
- Eleven Madison Park. This uptown restaurant is where Big broke Carrie’s heart and told her he was marrying Natasha.
- Manolo Blahnik. While few people can afford the famous ski-high stilettos, these shoes helped define Carrie.
- Buddakan, the modern Asian cuisine restaurant located in the Meat Packing District, where Carrie and Big held their rehearsal dinner. Don’t forget “ Life is what happens when you are waiting for a table”, according to Bradshaw.
- Columbus Circle Fountain is the place where Carrie and Aidan parted ways and a great place to have a seat and people watch.
- The Loeb Boathouse Restaurant located in Central Park is where Carrie and Big went for a little ‘swim’. Overlooking the water, visitors can rent rowboats or take a ride in a classic Venetian gondola.
- TAO at 58th and Madison. Carrie and the girls loved hitting the hottest bars in the city. With only the newest and trendiest bars making the cut, Carrie went on a date at TAO where she then ran into Big. This is great place for an evening cocktail.
- The New York Public Library. One of the grandest places in the city to hold a wedding, this is the location of the almost wedding between Carrie and Big in the first movie.
- The Paris Theatre is an old school, single-screen theatre, where Carrie went on here own date night. For a little added romance, be sure to get the seats in the balcony.
Lastly take a page out of Carrie’s column and shop until you drop! Carrie once said “Women come to New York for the two L’s: Labels and Love” so check out the labels that helped Carrie Bradshaw set trends onscreen and off. While in New York you can see the shops she adored and dare to make your own fashion statement in the city where anything goes!