New York: The must-see places of Sex and the City

Along with Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), New York has often been considered as the fifth main character of Sex and the City. Normal, so much does the series awarded several Golden Globes and Emmies highlight many places in the “Big Apple”. Let’s take a tour of some of the unmissables.

Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment

The famous brownstone still attracts a lot of fans.  Even if, in the series, Carrie is supposed to live in the Upper East Side, it’s the façade of this building in Greenwich Village that we see on the screen. It’s here that the journalist writes her articles on the love lives and trials and tribulations of singles for her column in the New York Star.  As we mention in our Guide New York of 1000 cult movie, series, music, comics, novel locations Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress who plays the role, also lives in this area, just a few blocks away.

Magnolia Bakery

One of the best known bakeries in New York with their famous cupcakes that Carrie and Miranda adore.  Even years after the end of the series articles and photos are on view in the window as a reminder of the shop’s importance in the show.  And of course the pastries just have to be tried.

Pete's Tavern

Ready for a cult moment!  It’s in this historical Italian restaurant open since 1864 that Miranda asks Steve Brady (David Eigenberg) to marry her.  Veritable institution, Pete’s Tavern is the oldest bar still serving in New York.  It appears in numerous films.


Carrie, Amanda, Miranda and Charlotte usually get together in this very chic place to talk over a coffee or brunch.  Another unmissable with a mouth-watering menu and reasonable prices.

The Loeb Boathouse

Tucked into the heart of Central Park on the water’s edge, this restaurant is one of the most romantic of New York, that is if you are not too clumsy as Mr Big (Chris North) and Carrie manage to fall in the lake as she tries to escape one of his kisses.

The Pleasure chest

It’s in this erotica store open since 1971 that Charlotte buys her famous “rabbit”, a sex toy whose fame is partly due to the series.

Sushi Samba

Richard Wright (James Remar) invites Samantha to this restaurant to apologize after cheating on her.  She takes revenge by throwing her drink in his face with this cult reply:  “Dirty Martini, dirty bastard”.  The dishes served are delicious with a combination of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine, but the prices are high.


Renamed Scout in the series, Oniel’s is a restaurant-bar as much appreciated for their cocktails as for their food.  Steve and Miranda meet there for the first time.  Nothing like a “Cosmos” to make you feel a member of the band.

Manolo Blahnik

Carrie is an unconditional lover of this famous New York store. Prices hover between $500 and $2,500 for a pair of shoes by the celebrated Spanish stylist.

Barneys New York

Founded in 1923, this famous New York label is one of the favourite fashion stores of the four heroines.   You can find items of haute couture or by designers in clothes, shoes or leather goods.

Samantha's apartment

After having lived in the Upper East Side during the first three seasons, the hot blond moves to the Meatpacking district, in Chelsea.  It’s in this apartment that she brings her numerous conquests and where she quarrels regularly during the night with the prostitutes making noise under her windows.

Charlotte's apartment

In season 1, here is where this idealistic and romantic figure hides the box containing her dreams.  Before meeting Trey McDougal (Kyle McLachlan) she runs the Louis K. Meisel art gallery.  In reality this gallery specializes in photorealism and contemporary realism.

Miranda and Steve's house

In the last season, Miranda leaves her beautiful apartment of the Upper West Side and moves to Brooklyn with Steve to this Clinton Hill house.  If you run into the owners, don’t ask them any questions about the series, they have signed a confidentiality clause forbidding them to talk about it!

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