Seeing Where Carrie and the Gals Hung Out
Whether you watched "Sex and the City" religiously when it aired, or currently binge-watch reruns, seeing where it all happened is a fun way to spend a day in Manhattan. There are a few organized tours that run about three and a half hours, but if you are looking to check out the show's hot spots on your own here is where you will find film locations for this HBO TV series.
Carrie Bradshaw's Front Stoop
Carrie Bradshaw's front stoop features prominently in many scenes in "Sex and The City." On the show, she is depicted as living on the Upper East Side, but the building used for exteriors of her apartment is actually in the West Village at 66 Perry Street (Between Bleecker and West 4th).
The Pleasure Chest: Where Charlotte Bought The Rabbit
The Pleasure Chest became instantly famous when Charlotte bought herself a rabbit vibrator here. This sex toy shop does not shy away from its identity, so be prepared if you are modest or shield the eyes of those too young! The Pleasure Chest is located at 156 7th Avenue South, in the West Village.
Onieal's Speakeasy—Referred to as Scout on SATC
Onieal's Speakeasy is where scenes from Scout, the show's popular bar, are shot. In the show, Scout was owned by Aiden and Steve, Carrie and Miranda's ex-boyfriends. In an episode, Carrie ventures inside and says, "The whole place looked and felt just like Aiden," describing the wooden bar, old wood floors, and carved ceiling. Onieal's Speakeasy is located at 174 Grand Street in lower Manhattan.
Jimmy Choo's: One of Carrie's Favorite Shoe Boutiques
Jimmy Choo, one of Carrie's favorite shoe designers, plays a significant role in "Sex and the City," especially in the episode where Carrie "lost her choo!" Jimmy Choo has four New York City boutiques—one in the Olympic Tower (pictured) at 645 Fifth Avenue (Entrance on East 51st), one at 699 Madison Avenue, another at 1000 3rd Ave., and a downtown shop at 111 Greene St. Visitors peek into the windows of Jimmy Choo to get a glimpse at the shoes and bags, as well as the clientele. A pair of shoes at Jimmy Choo costs between $400 and $1,200.
Little Church Around the Corner (Actor's Church)
Here is the Little Church Around the Corner where Samantha met "Friar Fuck," as she liked to call him. The Church, located at One East 29th Street (Between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue), is also known as the Actor's Church, which was one of the reasons they were so cooperative for filming. The chapel scenes where Samantha talks to Friar Fuck are on the righthand side, inside the church. There were also scenes filmed on the nearby sidewalk.
Magnolia Bakery: The Girls' Favorite Cupcakes
A day after Carrie and Miranda devoured cupcakes outside this little bakery, a line formed around the corner and Magnolia Bakery became famous for their cupcakes. There are now six locations throughout Manhattan, but the shop that made Magnolia hot is at 401 Bleecker Street.
Louis K. Meisel Gallery: The Gallery Where Charlotte Worked
The Louis K. Meisel Gallery, at 141 Prince Street in lower Manhattan, was used as the gallery where Charlotte worked in season one (before she met Tray). There is a memorable scene where Carrie and the girls are at a show featuring a famous artist's work of vagina paintings. Due to rising prices for a day of shooting ($18K for the first time, $28K for the second time, and an offer of $37K for the third time), the storyline led to Charlotte no longer working there.