Paris: the must-see places of Sex and the city
During the lunch between Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Juliette (Carole Bouquet), her fiancé’s ex-wife, viewpoints are divided on the subject of the premises. For the French girl, the chairs are “hideous” whereas the American thinks that the Kong is one of most chic and Parisian places ever. Epitome of glamour, the Kong is situated at the same address as La Bulle Kenzo. Really another world.
At the bar of this five-star hotel having been home to the romances of Marlène Dietrich and Jean Gabin, Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) offers Carrie an impressive piece of diamond jewelry. But their relationship deteriorates rapidly and during the separation dispute in their room, the piece of jewelry breaks and the diamonds scatter all over the floor. Gone down to reception, Carrie runs into Mr Big (Chris Noth) in the entrance hall and embarks on a fresh start in his company.
Dior is amongst the compulsory addresses for the fashion fiend that Carrie is. But she would have liked to make a less noticeable entrance into the Champs-Elysées boutique. Going there on a rainy day, water drips from her red umbrella forming a puddle in which the young woman slips. She ends up completely spread out on the floor spouting her very Frenchy “bonjour”.
Sat at a table in this chic restaurant, Carrie very nostalgically observes four young women, not far from her, reminding her lot of her little New York group as we mention in our guide Paris of 1000 cult movies, series, musics, comics and novels locations. The establishment is located on the capital’s avenue where there’s the greatest number of luxury boutiques as well as the Plaza-Athénée hotel where the heroine resides during her Parisian stay.
Carrie calls Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) from a grey and blue telephone booth, to tell her that life in Paris is not as beautiful as she expected. Behind her, we can see the splendid fountain built from 1843 to 1848 by the architect Louis Visconti. Don’t bother looking for the phone booth though; it was put into place by production especially for the scene.
Totally taken up by his exposition, Aleksandr Petrovsky ignores Carrie all evening. Established in the Tuileries garden, this 1,200 m2 center for 20th and 21st century photography and media art is the venue for numerous expositions. The building was constructed in 1861 to house the “jeu de paume” courts, the ancestor of tennis.
Carrie moved to Paris with Aleksandr Petrovsky, her Russian lover. Mister Big meets with her on the Pont des Arts to declare, finally, « Carrie, you're the one ». What could be more romantic than such a declaration on this famous bridge spanning the river from the Louvre to the Institute of France?
Carrie and Aleksandr live a veritable moment of joy in this square embodying the romantic and luxurious Paris every American dreams about. She’s really happy that her book is selling so well in France, while he is totally wrapped up in his new exposition. The Place Dauphine appears regularly in movies but also in songs such as Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille by Jacques Dutronc or Nous nous sommes tant aimés by Yves Simon.
It’s while walking between the Luxembourg Garden and Place Saint-Sulpice that Carrie dirties her white pumps in some dog poo and washes them thanks to a nearby fountain. She’s not the first heroine to travel this road. In the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas, the character d’Artagnon lived at 7, rue des Fossoyeurs (currently 12, rue Servandoni) and Marius Pontmercy, a character in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, used to live on rue Servandoni from 1817 to 1827.
This establishment doesn’t exist anymore: the former pastry shop was replaced by Cojean, an organic café, and the inside was totally redecorated. The view of the back of the Louvre is splendid. In the series, Carrie is seated beside a big dog and….smokes a cigarette inside. A little historical anecdote, a café called Le Fumoir (the smoke house) is just a few steps away at number 6.