A look at TV & movie locations above Times Square.
Based on the books Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic stars Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood and was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Rebecca is a 25-year-old woman with a shopping addiction and a job at a financial magazine that does not pay enough to support it. With bills piling up, she attempts to cut back on spending, and make more money. Her efforts, however, do not go well. Things start to go her way when she discovers a story that she is really interested in writing, and gets the attention of a man while doing so. After some expected drama, Rebecca Bloomwood gets the guy, and begins to pay off her outrageous debt.
Isla Fisher is probably best remembered for her role in the hilarious 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers as Gloria, the kooky daughter of Secretary William Cleary (Christopher Walken). She was also seen in Definitely Maybe, The Lookout, Scooby-Doo, and many other films.
Confessions of a Shopaholic was directed by P.J. Hogan and created a lot of buzz around the fabulous fashions featured on screen. Costumes for the movie were designed by Patricia Field, who is one of America’s most prominent fashion designers. She is highly sought-after for motion picture and television projects. Patricia Field was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in The Devil Wears Prada. She is also a six-time Emmy nominee, including five for Sex and the City.
Take a NYC TV & Movie Tour with On Location Tours, and see the Hearst Building, where Rebecca works for a fictional financial magazine ironically called Successful Saving. The Grand Salon of Jumeriah Essex House Hotel is used as the interior for the ball that Rebecca is invited to attend. This luxury hotel located on Central Park South has been open for over 75 years and is known for its sophistication and elegance. The Atlas Building is used for the exterior of the same ball, and a certain kiss takes place on the terrace. See the St. Regis Hotel where, in a memorable scene, Rebecca tries to purchase a hotdog with a check and receive cash back.
Shopaholic’s Shopping Spots
There’s no place like New York for shopping. On the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour and Gossip Girl Sites Tour, you’ll get a chance to see all the great spots where Rebecca shops. Henri Bendel, a well-known “women’s playground,” is where Rebecca buys the “Denny & George” green scarf. Get the newest fashions and fabulous gifts, accessories, and cosmetics at this New York City shopping hotspot., also familiar from its role in Gossip Girl. Barney’s, another iconic New York store, is where fashion editor Alette (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) takes Rebecca to shop for her TV appearance. To a true fashionista, Barney’s is Mecca. The store is also famous for its appearances in Sex and the City, as Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) favorite store.
Also, see the store where Rebecca’s best friend Suze (Krysten Ritter), buys her wedding gown. Klienfeld boasts exceptional service and the largest selection of designer wedding gowns. The store has been made even more recognizable because of its role on the TLC television show Say Yes to the Dress.
While walking down Madison Avenue after Suze’s wedding, the mannequins in the window of the nearby store, Asprey, “talk” to Rebecca. In a breakthrough moment, she says no to shopping for the first time. Asprey sells British luxury items, including jewelry, leather goods, and more.
After your tour, why not become a shopaholic yourself, even if just for a day? Times Square, Madison Avenue, and the legendary Fifth Avenue will give you enough options to truly shop ‘till you drop.
Fabulous Madison Avenue was the home of FAO Schwarz, where you can satisfy the child in you. Dance on the 22-foot piano (seen in the movie Big), and play witlife-sizeded stuffed animals. Also on Madison, Coach, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana will all have you shopping in luxury. Treat yourself at La Perla, which is famous for its high-end undergarments. While you’re at it, don’t forget to stop by Prada, and Gianni Versace.
The ultimate New York tourist destination, Times Square makes for a very fun shopping experience. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Hershey’s store or M&M’s World. Stop by the MTV store and Virgin Megastore. Finally, pamper yourself with some great cosmetics and beauty supplies at Sephora, every girl’s favorite Times Square stop.
Nowhere in New York is more known for great shopping than Madison Avenue’s neighbor, Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue is a shopper’s dream and simply cannot be missed. In case you forgot to pick something up at the Times Square location, stop by Fifth Avenue’s Sephora. Make a stop at Fortunoff to keep your home looking just as good as you do. Fifth Avenue is also home to the fabulous department stores: Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, and Takashimaya (also used as a location in Sex and the City). Grab something for the kids at the Disney store, and then it’s off to Gucci and Fendi. Tiffany & Co. is a must see. As a major location in famous movies and shows, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Sex and the City, this store will keep you in a cinematic state of mind. You’ll feel like you’re in a scene from your favorite movie while checking out the fabulous Tiffany & Co. Jewelry. Also located on fabulous Fifth Avenue is the world-famous Cartier, home of the iconic Tank Watch and many other fabulous styles of time keeping instruments. All this shopping probably has you exhausted. But, don’t worry, the nearby Central Park is a great spot for relaxing with a latte.
That’s Not All…
If that wasn’t enough for your shopping needs, be sure to make your way down to the Lower East Side and SoHo where there are boutiques as far as the eye can see. Chanel, Rebecca Taylor, Nanette Lepore, Calypso, Catherine Maladrino, Scoop, Intermix, and Christian Louboutin are just a few of the many great places to shop in SoHo. Visit the downtown branch of world-famous Bloomingdale’s located on Broadway in SoHo. If you’re looking for a more intimate shopping experience, check out the Lower East Side where you will find small boutiques like TG-170, Honey in the Rough, Some Odd Rubies, Foley & Corinna, Seven and more! New York City offers never ending choices for every shopaholic.
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.