How to Visit "Sex and the City" Hot Spots

See Manhattan through Carrie Bradshaw's eyes on a "Sex and the City" tour.
See Manhattan through Carrie Bradshaw's eyes on a "Sex and the City" tour. (Image: william87/iStock/Getty Images)

"The island of Manhattan is a cozy village populated by more than 7 million fascinating individuals who all behave like they own the sidewalk," Carrie Bradshaw once quipped on "Sex and the City." For six seasons, the ladies of "Sex and the City" ate, drank, shopped and gossiped on those New York City sidewalks, and you can too. Follow in their beautifully heeled footsteps by hitting up the many Manhattan hotspots featured on the hit TV show.

Take a Bus Tour

Grab your best girlfriends and hop on board the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour, a three and a half hour guided bus tour that stops at more than 40 "Sex and the City" locations. The tour takes you through Midtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village, SoHo and the Meatpacking District. Along the way, you'll see hotspots like Carrie's apartment stoop, Aidan’s Furniture Company and the Plaza Hotel, where Carrie said goodbye to her on-and-off love interest, Mr. Big. The bus also makes stops along the way for a chance to shop, snap photos, or grab a quick cosmo. Advance purchase is required.

Hit the Streets

If you'd rather see Carrie Bradshaw's New York on foot, Celebrity Planet offers a 90-minute guided walking tour Friday through Sunday with advance booking. The tour starts in front of Pastis on 9th Avenue, the "fabulous" restaurant where the "Sex and the City" ladies went to see and be seen. As you make your way down the city streets, your tour guide will also take you by iconic spots like the Pleasure Chest, the Magnolia Bakery and the garden where Miranda and Steve were married.

Splurge on a Personal Tour

If you have extra money to spend, see Manhattan in style with a private chauffeured tour of "Sex and the City" hotspots. On Location Tours offers four different private tour packages for bachelorette parties, birthdays or just a special evening with friends -- appropriately named the Carrie, the Charlotte, the Miranda and the Samantha. Each package also comes with special extras like champagne or dinner at a SATC-featured restaurant. Celebrity Planet also offers three-hour chauffeur driven tours, with hotel pickup and drop off.

Go Your Own Way

New York City is all about exploration and adventure, so head out on your own if you're not the tour group type. Mark your must-see spots on a city map; grab some comfortable walking shoes, and hit the streets. If you need a little extra guidance, Free Tours By Foot provides a self-guided itinerary with top "Sex and the City" spots conveniently marked on a map of Manhattan. Peruse this list and pick your favorites. Hit up Carrie-approved stores like Tiffany and Co., Manolo Blahnik and Patricia Field. Grab a cupcake at the Magnolia Bakery and people-watch at the Columbus Circle Fountain, where Carrie and Aidan broke up.

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