Getting my Carrie on: the Sex and the City tour

Getting my Carrie on: the Sex and the City tour

I didn’t start watching “Sex and the City” until  I went to see the movie with my mom on my 20th birthday. After recovering from the embarrassment that ensues after watching said film with your mother, I immediately watched the entire series from start to finish.

Christine Amorose & Renee Eggers on Sex and the City Tour with On Location in New York City

I’d be lying if I said that SATC hadn’t played at least a little part in my decision to move to New York City: the allure of falling in love, finding a fabulous friend group and looking fabulous while doing it is hard to resist.

The Sex and the City Hotspots Tour with On Location Tours is a must-do for any SATC fan visiting (or living in) New York City. While most of the interior scenes were shot at Silver Cup Studios in Long Island City, many of the most memorable moments were shot on the streets of New York City.

I was a little worried when we got on the bus: it had been a few years since I had watched the series in its entirety, and I wasn’t sure how much I’d actually be able to recognize. Huge sigh of relief when we boarded the bus and discovered that they’d be showing us relevant clips as we saw each sight. Since I loved the first movie (HATED THE SECOND), I was also stoked to find out that we’d be seeing a few key locations from the movie as well–like the New York Public Library, where Carrie gets stood up by Big. (Note: I’ve since been inside and I can confirm that it would be an absolutely beautiful wedding venue–the ceiling and stairway are just gorgeous!

New York Public LIbrary with On Location Sex and the City Tour

My highlights of the tour: tasting a Magnolia Cupcake, having the chance to wander down Bleecker Street, seeing where Carrie and Big’s engagement party was held (and finding out that it’s always a communal table in the basement!), having a cosmo (of course!) at Aidan and Steve’s bar.

Magnolia Cupcakes on Sex and the City Tour with On Location in New York City

It’s also a brilliant way to familiarize yourself with the neighborhoods of Manhattan: here’s where Carrie’s West Village is in relationship to Samantha’s Meatpacking District, the bars of note in Union Square and along Madison Avenue. As someone new to the city, it was a nice way to get a broad overview of the architecture and vibe of each neighborhood. I keep stumbling over places that were on the tour; I’m finally able to pinpoint where they are all in relation to each other.

I also feel like I got a fabulous list of restaurants and bars to try. Many of the venues mentioned are still popular with locals, celebrities and tourists alike–like French brasserie Pastis, where Carrie goes for brunch with the Russian, or Buddakan, where Carrie and Big had their engagement party. They give you a great little brochure after the tour that notes all of the locations and addresses featured, so it’s easy to go back and try a place that looks interesting. The takeaway also comes with coupons for Michael Kors and fun quotes and facts from the four main characters and map.

Christine Amorose & Renee Eggers on Sex and the City Tour with On Location in New York City

I can’t talk about the tour without mentioning our gorgeous and hilarious tour guide: Emily was right en pointe with shiny hair, a LBD and heels. She’s super passionate and knowledgeable about SATC–she just kept coming with more and more trivia facts about the show!

Christine Amorose & Renee Eggers on Sex and the City Tour with On Location in New York City

Of course, the tour ends with a Cosmopolitan! Bonus: it’s at the backdrop used for Scout, the bar opened by Aidan and Steve. In real life, it’s Oniel’s Speakeasy, a place with plenty of history of its own.

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free til they find someone just as wild to run with them.” -Carrie Bradshaw

Note: On Location Tours kindly offered me and a friend a complimentary tour, but all opinions are my own. 

  • ahhhh man we went to NYC last January and I really wanted to go on it, but my fiancé needed more convincing. After reading this, I will definately do it next time. x

  • Fun! I didn’t get into SATC until it was in syndication. After watching the show, NYC was never the same.


  • Oneika_the_Traveller

    Ooh! This looks like so much fun! Love the glamour! Will have try this the next time I’m in NYC!

  • I loved the first movie and hated the second one, too. I heard they might be making a third? Too much of a good thing, in my opinion. I’ve always wondered about this tour and I’m glad it seems to cover some of the best stuff, especially the library!

  • Oh yum, those cupcakes!
    I have never seen Sex and the City (show or movie)! but this tour looks fun any ways!!

  • How much fun! SATC really shaped my dating/love life in a huge way. You looked gorgeous btw.

  • I didn’t realize they were still doing these tours. I’m still way into this show, I keep recording episodes on the DVR daily. How cool to get a drink from Aidan and Steve’s bar!

  • My mom wouldn’t let me watch SATC at home, so you can imagine my delight when my rommate in college had every episode on DVD! Looks like a fun tour. Magnolia cupcakes are ok in my opinion, their real secret is the bread pudding! It’s the best dessert I ever ate, hands down! I recommend a try 🙂

  • Sounds like a fun tour. Loved that it ended with cosmos! 😉

  • Izy Berry – The Wrong Way Home

    Your post brought back many images and feelings from the time I watched Sex and the City 🙂 I would like a Cosmopolitan right now 🙂

  • Are those Magnolia Bakery cupcakes I see? 🙂 Sounds like a fun thing to do with a girlfriend–the wisdom of SATC will never get old!

  • I love On Location tours, I had a great time with them and will definitely check out this tour my next trip to NYC.

  • camorose

    Let your fiance hang out somewhere else and watch sports or drink beer–it’s definitely a girls only kind of tour 🙂

  • camorose

    I had never been to NYC until after I watched the show–much more fun to rewatch it now that I can recognize some of the streets and sights!

  • camorose

    Totally worth it–so much fun!

  • camorose

    Ugh, I’m happy with the series and the first movie–don’t need anymore! Totally love rewatching it all and getting to go see those places in real life now 🙂

  • camorose

    It’s just a really fun to see a few new neighborhoods and sights in the city, even if you’re not super into the show!

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! I’m loving rewatching the show now that I’m actually living (and dating!) in NYC 🙂

  • camorose

    Really fun–and it’s also one of the oldest bars in NYC!

  • camorose

    My mom never let me watch it in high school either–I didn’t start watching it until mid-college! I haven’t tried Magnolia’s bread pudding but that’s one of my favorite desserts–can’t wait to check it out!

  • camorose

    Totally the best part–you just can’t do SATC without having a cosmo!

  • camorose

    Go make yourself one! I’m super tempted to drink more Cosmos in NYC just because it feels like the proper SATC thing to do 🙂

  • camorose

    Yup, those are Magnolia Cupcakes–delish! Such a perfect way to spend a day in NYC with a girlfriend 🙂

  • camorose

    I really want to check out their general one–but I need to watch a bunch of movies beforehand to properly appreciate it!

  • Monica Suma

    I just went on a SATC tour with On Locations as well, about a month ago. So fun! I was embarrassed I knew 99% of the scenes. I loved Buddakan Restaurant and Steve’s old bar most. This is the review I wrote:


  • camorose

    I know–I’m really hoping to do a girls night out at Buddakan sometime, it looks like such a posh place! (Obvi, since Carrie chose it for her party!)

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