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Cupcakes, Cosmos, and Choo’s | The Sex and the City Tour

Carrie Bradshaw said to Mr. Big, “You’re the Chrysler Building!”  New York would be naked without it glistening in the skyline, and HBO sure felt naked to me after Sex and the City aired its’ final episode in 2004. I had devoured the shoes, the fashion, and the locations week after week for six years. I was in love with a city I had never even been to. Sarah Jessica Parker certainly had it right when she said in an interview “Manhattan is the fifth lady”, because of the characters, it was the one I wanted to know most. I began plotting my Sex and the City Hotspots Tour of New York…
Chrysler Building Little more than a year after Sex and the City ended, three girls set out on their first trip to Manhattan looking for labels and, having each already found love, a love of the city. I didn’t need a guide book to plan our visit; instead I watched my DVD box set for inspiration. And when I found On Location Tours also had a Sex and the City Hotspots Tour, I knew I definitely get to talk a walk in SJP’s Choo’s. Tour booked, all I needed was my very first pair of Jimmy Choo’s!

My mom, our friend Mel, and I boarded the comfortable bus with a group of other Sex and the City fans. Just in case you don’t remember the locations you’re about to visit, clips from the series and from the Sex and the City movies play on monitors throughout the bus as you traverse Manhattan from end to end.

Carrie Bradshaw's steps

Posing on Carrie Bradshaw’s steps

I won’t spoil your own Sex and the City tour by telling you about all of the locations you’ll get to visit, but one of my favorite highlights was posing on Carrie Bradshaw’s famous steps. While in the show, Carrie lived on the Upper East Side, the real-life brownstone is actually located in the West Village between Bleecker and West 4th Streets. *Note that “Carrie’s brownstone” is privately owned, and the tour can no longer stop for photo ops on the steps. But there are more than 40 other show and movie locations you’ll see on your Sex and the City tour.
Magnolia Bakery

I devoured the cupcake before I could take a picture

While in the West Village, we took a walk to the famous Magnolia Bakery where Carrie and Miranda devoured cupcakes while Carrie dished about her new boyfriend Aiden. Bypassing the line that usually snakes around the corner and down the street, we each got to try a delicious cupcake.

Bleecker StreetOn a Magnolia Bakery sugar high, we had time for a little retail therapy in the chic shops along Bleecker Street. We popped in shops like Marc Jacobs, Lulu Guinness, and the surprisingly affordable Patricia Field’s (SATC costume designer).

O'Neal's Speakasy

Smiling after Cosmos at O’Neal’s Speakasy, aka Scout

I was with my mom, so I may have blushed a little (or a whole lot) when we visited The Pleasure Chest, the sex toy shop where Charlotte bought The Rabbit. A visit to the Sharper Image, where Samantha went looking to replace her vibrator – er, I mean neck massager – probably wouldn’t have been as fun. Though, had we had our fabulous pink cosmos at Onieal’s Speakeasy, where the scenes for Steve and Aiden’s bar Scout were filmed, first before hitting The Pleasure Chest, I could have at least blamed by red face on the alcohol!

There were plenty of fun stops all around the city and other locations like the gallery that Charlotte worked at, Jimmy Choo, and Tiffany & Co were pointed out from the bus. In all, we saw more than 40 locations from Sex and the City.

And in case you were wondering, after the Sex and the City tour we did visit Jimmy Choo and I got my first ever pair of Jimmy Choo’s. It may have been the start of a life-long addiction, because now at least half a dozen of the lavender boxes dot the shelves of my closet!

A Giveaway!

On Location Tours contacted me to invite me on one of their great tours in NYC or Boston. Since I had already been on this fabulous Sex and the City tour, I am giving away 2 tickets for On Location Tours. The tickets never expire and you can use them for any of On Location Tours NYC or Boston tours! Confession time: I was also addicted to Gossip Girl and the Sopranos and On Location Tours has both of these available, plus our friends at Inspiring Travellers did the Sopranos tour and it sounds awesome. Check out all of the On Location Tours on their website.

To enter to win, just use the widget below. You must enter by August 21, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be notified no later than August 26, 2013.

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Know Before You Go

  • The Sex and the City Hotspots Tour is $49 per person and can be booked online. It is not suitable for children as this is an X-rated tour just like much of the show!
  • The Sex and the City tour runs at 11am and 3pm daily and lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours.
  • Continue your Sex and the City tour by booking tables at restaurants featured on the show like Tao, Asia de Cuba, or Buddakan (where Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner). Stay at the Four Seasons (the only hotel in NYC according to Big) and have afternoon tea at The Plaza (where Big had his engagement party with Natasha).

Disclosure: On Location Tours is providing us with 2 tickets for this giveaway. All opinions about their awesome Sex and the City tour are entirely my own and I was in no way asked to write a favorable review for this giveaway.

Would you like to take a Sex and the City tour of NYC?

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is based in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Jdomb's Travels was named one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. Her iPhoneograpy has also been featured on publications such as USA Today and Travel + Leisure. Google+

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  1. Jess Madaglia

    How awesome is this?! What a cool prize :)

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Being a Boston-er (Boston-ite?), have you ever done a tour of the city?

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  2. Heather

    I need to dig out my SATC box set and watch it again from the beginning. It’s probably my favorite show of all time. I only own one pair of Choo’s, however :-)

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Mine too! Next rainy day with nothing to do, I’m curling up in bed and having a SATC marathon!

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  3. KJ Fisk

    We love the Boston area! Would love to visit any of the tours! The city is filled with some history. Can't wait to go back!

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  4. Kenin Bassart

    BOSTONNNN!!!!!!! WOOOO!!!!!! Would totally take any tour of Bean Town!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    We’ve never been to Boston! One of these days…

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  5. Brittany Ricciardi

    You can’ t think about NYC without thinking about Sex and The City, the two go together! Would love to check out this tour first hand!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Agreed! SATC was really the whole reason I wanted to visit NYC in the first place. Love that city!

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  6. Leah

    I went to the Magnolia Bakery a few years ago. Surprisingly, they have excellent banana pudding.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Too funny, Leah! I do like their cupcakes. I picked up the Magnolia Bakery Cupcake Cookbook and they do turn out pretty tasty!

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  7. Donna

    I would so go to the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour. Thank you for posting the On Location Tours. They all sound like so much fun.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Hi Donna! Congrats, it looks like you’ll get to go on that Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour because you’ve won 2 tickets! Look for an email from us soon with the details.

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  8. Cacinda Maloney

    I am such a huge fan of Sex in the City. I love to watch it when my hubby and boys are away, with snacks and tissue (for the crying moments) I love Carrie and Mr. Big! What a great series and I have always wanted to go on that tour… maybe one day.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Maybe you’ll win and get to go, Cindy! I love getting out my SATC DVDs and just having a marathon. The shoes, the fashion, the city, the characters…I love it all!

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  9. jane canapini

    loved SATC! Just finished the entire series for the second time, and I’m going with 5 girlfriends to NYC this November for a 20th anniversary Gurlz Weekend tradition. This year we thought we’d celebrate 2 fiftieth birthdays in the Big Apple! Would love to win those tickets to send the two birthday girls on the tour!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    That sounds like a really fun way to celebrate some birthdays!

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  10. Jdomb's Travels

    We've never been to Boston! Totally need to get there one of these days.

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  11. Andrea

    These are fun tours! We did the Sopranos tour – good day out!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    I remembered you did the Sopranos tour. That one sounds really fun too! I just got done re-watching that series.

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  12. Holly Catanzaro

    I love that area!

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  13. Angela Turner

    The sopranos sounds interesting.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    We just got done re-watching the Sopranos after James Gandolfini sadly passed away. Would love to go on that tour as well!

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  14. Colleen Wilson Fogarty

    Sounds like fun!

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  15. Pam Minneman Wells

    Thought I would pick NCY, but I've never been to Boston, so maybe there?!

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  16. Jackie Italiani

    I might pick Boston since I've never been there.

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  17. susan mendell

    even though we live in New England, we haven’t been to Boston for over 20 years. It would be a great experience for this newly retired couple

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Congrats on being newly retired, Susan! Sounds like Boston would be a great getaway close to home for you!

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  18. Shandiin

    I’ve recently found and started following your blog and really enjoy it. What places have you found to be the cheapest for American dollars?

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Thanks, Shandiin! Glad to hear you’re enjoying our blog! Jordan was excellent value for the money and Eastern European countries like Serbia and Bosnia have been really inexpensive to travel in. Exchange rates change all the time, but Canada is about 1 to 1 at the moment too.

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  19. Jdomb's Travels

    On Location Tours are great fun! Check them out the next time you're in NYC or Boston, Angela!

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  20. Jdomb's Travels

    We haven't been to Boston either. A movie and tv tour of the city would be a fun way to explore!

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  21. Jdomb's Travels

    Good choice! We don't actually know much about Boston besides there's baseball and supposedly good clam chowder!

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  22. Jdomb's Travels

    Had I known how fun that area around NYU is, I'd probably have applied there instead of UNLV! ~Jennifer

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