If you're in New York City and want to see the for-real locations where the teen TV drama "Gossip Girl" was filmed, you don't have far to look. Manhattan is studded with places you'll recognize from this CW Network show, which aired from 2007 to 2012 and starred Kristen Bell, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, and Kelly Rutherford.
Lotte New York Palace
The Lotte New York Palace Hotel is used as the home of Chuck Bass, as well as the Van der Woodsen family on "Gossip Girl." Scenes were shot throughout the hotel from the open courtyard to what is now known as The Gold Room, where Serena Van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) sipped the hotel's signature drink, "The Queen of Mean."
The restaurant GILT was also formerly located in the New York Palace Hotel and was well-known for being featured in a scene where Serena enjoys a grilled cheese sandwich with truffles. GILT is now closed.
Museum of the City of New York
The front of the Museum of the City of New York is used in the series as the front entrance to the Constance Billard School for Girls and St. Jude School for Boys.
Steps at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The steps at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are where Blair (Leighton Meester) often has lunch with her friends on "Gossip Girl." The show makes it seem as if the museum steps are just across the street from the school, but in reality, the locations used for the school and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are about 20 blocks apart on the Upper East Side.
Dylan's Candy Bar
Dylan's Candy Bar is where Dan and Vanessa hang out while Vanessa buys Nate an anniversary gift of sour gummy worms on "Gossip Girl." With more than 7,000 types of candy and 15,000 square feet of retail space, Dylan's Candy Bar is the largest candy store in the world. It was opened in 2001 by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren. The one featured on "Gossip Girl" is their flagship location at 1011 Third Avenue.
Henri Bendel, at its 712 Fifth Avenue location, is a favorite shopping destination on the series. The "Gossip Girl" Season 2 Premiere Party was actually held at Henri Bendel, and many dresses and accessories used on the show came from Henri Bendel, including both Serena and Blair's prom dresses. Henri Bendel was used as a shooting location when Jenny Humphrey calls her brother Dan when she's having a "fashion emergency" as she looks for a dress for the Kiss on the Lips Party. Henri Bendel is now closed but stroll by its remaining facade for a familiar "Gossip Girl" scene.
Barrio Chino is featured as a location on "Gossip Girl" during a flashback scene where Serena Van der Woodsen stumbles out of a bar drunk on Thanksgiving and bumps into Dan Humphrey.
Babycakes NYC (now Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC)
Dan Humphrey emerges from this bakery with Thanksgiving pies before bumping into Serena Van der Woodsen as she stumbles out onto Broome Street. Dan ends up dropping the pies when he stops Serena from getting hit by a car. Babycakes is now Erin McKenna’s Bakery.
Dan Humphrey gets sandwiches for himself and his dad at Cafe Habana on "Gossip Girl."
Tory Burch Shop
Tory Burch fashions are discussed on "Gossip Girl," and Blake Lively was spotted wearing a Tory Burch Sgt. Pepper jacket on the set of the series. Tory Burch actually makes an appearance (as herself) in the fourth episode of Season 3 of "Gossip Girl." Check out the shop at 38-40 Little W 12th Street.