In 2008, 4 years after the final episode of Sex and the City aired on HBO, Carrie & Co. returned to the City for their big screen debut in Sex and the City: The Movie.
As New York City was home to the leading ladies in all 94 television episodes, it’s no surprise that much of the film was shot on location in NYC and the Sex and the City Hotspots tour will take you on a guided tour of those locations and more!
New York City filming locations featured in the in Sex and the City: The Movie include:
Upper East Side:
Carlyle Hotel: Home of Bemmelman’s Bar, where Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) has drinks with her new personal assistant, Louise (Jennifer Hudson) who strikes up a real friendship with Carrie, and reminds her to have faith in love.
Lumi: After Carrie is jilted by Mr. Big, a very pregnant Charlotte (Kristin Davis) spots Big (Chris Noth) eating at the restaurant and runs out to avoid him. However, she doesn’t quite make her getaway, because her water breaks and she has to be rushed to the Lenox Hill Hospital(another location featured on the Sex and The City tour).
Charlotte’a Apartment Building: Where she and her husband Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) live in the movie, with their daughter, Lily.
Carrie and Big’s Apartment Building: The exterior of the building that houses the penthouse apartment Big purchases for he and Carrie to live.
Hotel Giraffe: A boutique hotel located in the heart of the city, where Big’s sublet was located.
New York Public Library: Where Carrie and Big’s wedding was supposed to take place, until Big decides not to show up. ( location is featured on the Sex and The City tour).
Tiffany & Co.: The jewelry store’s flagship location in Midtown Manhattan can be seen at the beginning of the movie, when Carrie walks passed and sees four younger women, which triggers a moment of nostalgia as she remembers how far the friends have come. ( location is featured on the Sex and The City tour).
Lower East Side:
Miranda’s Apartment: Devastated after her breakup with Steve (David Eigenberg), who admitted to cheating on her, Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) moves into an apartment on the Lower East Side.
Starbucks Coffee shop in the East Village: This Starbucks in Astor Place, is the Starbucks where Carrie interviewed her personal assistant, Louise.
Meat Packing District:
Buddakan: The famous modern Asian cuisine restaurant, you’ll recognize as the setting for Carrie and Big’s engagement party. It became a very eventful night when Steve shows up, upsetting Miranda, who then makes a comment to Big that starts a spiral of events. ( location is featured on the Sex and The City tour).
Diane von Furstenberg: You will see this store built on a curve to resemble the iconic wrap dress that made Diane von Furstenberg famous. This location is her flagship store, as well as her studio. While shopping here in the film, Carrie gives Samantha (Kim Cattrall) a call to tell her the news of her engagement.
Duane Reade: This Duane Reade store where Miranda and Carrie Shop for a Halloween costume. Although Duane Reade is a typical pharmacy, a major scene takes place here when Carrie spots an issue of Vogue where she posed in designer wedding gowns in preparation for her own wedding, which sadly never came to pass. This was also the very first Duane Reade drugstore, opened in 1960
See filming locations and more on the Sex and the City Hotspots tour.
* 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.