Carrie Bradshaw's New York

by Jane.Anderson

Manhattans and Manolo Blahniks at the ready, girls. You watched the series, you’ve seen the film... now it’s time to experience New York City Carrie Bradshaw-style

What right-thinking woman wouldn’t have the lifestyle of one Carrie Bradshaw? Even if it's just for a weekend... Until the second Sex & the City movie hits our screens, you can sate your SATC fixations with an SJP-style trip to Manhattan, visiting all the key locations.  

The Mandarin Oriental New York is one of the hottest hotels in Manhattan. Head to the Lobby Lounge on the 35th floor for amazing cocktails and views of that celebrated skyline and Central Park. For a spot of detox, the spa is to die for.

Henri Bendel’s on Fifth Avenue is one of the city’s chicest stores and a total girls’ playground. Many of the bags and accessories in SATC are sourced here. Go find!

Begin a night on the town with dinner at the 21 Club, which began life as a speakeasy in the days of Prohibition. 21 has been the location for scenes between Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney in One Fine Day and appeared in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery. And, of course, Carrie and Big dined here (in episode 85, series 6).

Other must-do places to eat that have featured in the series include Town at The Chambers Hotel and the amber-lit Bar Siene at the Plaza Athéneé Hotel. In ‘An American Girl in Paris’ (episode 93, series 6), it appears that Carrie and Big spend the night at the Plaza Athéneé in Paris; however, these scenes were all shot in the sister NYC hotel.

The Brasserie at the Seagram Building, where diners enter a space-age catwalk and their photos are beamed up to a row of video screens above the bar, is where Carrie said goodbye to her friends in the penultimate episode of SATC.

Other must-do hangouts that are just perfect for the girls include The Kingswood, Pearl Oyster Bar, Tao and Stanton Social with its raw bar, two lounges and one of the hippest new bars in the city. The Beatrice Inn is another must.

If you really want to go cutting-edge Carrie, there’s no better place than the Meatpacking District. Stay at the Gansevoort or Soho Hotel, with rival rooftop pools just made for posing. For shopping, there’s Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Jeffrey – the perfect bijou designer department store. Late night is when this district comes into its own. Go clubbing at APT, styled as an apartment and a must during New York Fashion Week.

And finally, to out-Carrie Carrie, book a suite at the Crosby Street Hotel even before she does. Scheduled to open soon, this is all part of the trendy Brit invasion, as Tim and Kit Kemp of London’s Firmdale Hotels fame are behind the fab new hangout. Situated in SoHo between Prince, Spring and Lafayette, it will have floor-to-ceiling warehouse-style windows in the suites, a liberal sprinkling of art and a sexy 100-seat cinema - just the place for Carrie and the girls to watch their favourite movies.

Dedicated SATC fans can tour the city in search of locations featured in the movie. Try these for starters:

Buddakan restaurant, 75 9th Avenue: a party was filmed here

Starbucks at Astor Place: Carrie interviews for her PA here

Tiffany on Fifth Avenue: shopping scenes

Bryant Park: scene of New York Fashion Week

Silvercup studios in Queens: where a lot of interior scenes were shot

St Patrick’s Cathedral: wedding scenes were filmed here

Diane von Furstenberg, 874 Washington Street: shopping scenes

Perry Street, West Village: where you'll find Carrie’s apartment

New York Public Library: wedding scenes

Mercedes Dealership, 55th Street and Park Avenue: this was turned into a club for a scene in the movie

Raoul’s Restaurant, Prince Street: backdrop for a scene between Carrie and Samantha

Jane.Anderson

Travelling the world and writing about it has been my dream job for over 15 years. I write for many publications from the Sunday Times Travel Magazine to Elle, and currently specialise in romance and family travel. I have two new books out this year, Footprint Guide to Dorset, New Forest & Isle of Wight and the Brit Guide to Las Vegas. Using my past experience as travel editor of You & Your Wedding magazine, I am also the guest editor of an inspirational new website, www.101honeymoons.co.uk