The 2006 film, The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci is an exciting romantic comedy that details the inner-workings of the New York fashion world. The viewer follows naïve Andy Sachs as she stumbles her way through the beginning of her fashion career in an upscale, complicated industry.
The Devil Wears Prada was nominated for two Academy Awards—Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Actress (Meryl Streep). Meryl Streep won the Golden Globe award in this category. The film was also nominated for the Golden Globes for the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actress (Emily Blunt). The film grabbed nominations and awards from many other organizations as well.
Though the witty writing and stimulating plot are sure enough reasons to watch the film, one of its major attractions is New York itself. This thrilling tour gives you a chance to see real sites used in the movie—don’t miss it!
Sightseeing The Devil Wears Prada in NYC
While taking this NYC tour, not only will you experience the essence of this movie, you will also get a chance to follow the very steps of Andy’s journey in this glamorous movie. Gaze up at the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Building—the location of Runway Magazine—as you pass it by on this guided tour!
The tour also passes by the St. Regis Hotel, where parts of the movie that supposedly took place in Paris were actually filmed. In a scene where Miranda is getting out of her limo in what is supposed to be Paris, she is really walking onto 77th Street and Central Park West. You can eat a steak in the restaurant where Andy ran to get Miranda a steak for lunch—Smith and Wollensky—located at 49th Street and 3rd Avenue.
Nate and Andy’s apartment on the Lower East Side is also real. Nate works at the delicious Bubby’s Pie Company, a restaurant/bar/bakery that is perfect for some grub and celebrity spotting!
The New York Mirror newsroom where Andy gets hired at the end of the film is that of the New York Sun in downtown Chambers Street!
New York City Shopping
After you’re done with the New York TV & Movie Tour, why not get some major shopping done to stay in the fashionista spirit? Times Square, Madison Avenue, and the legendary Fifth Avenue will give you enough options to truly shop ‘till you drop.
Fabulous Madison Avenue is 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 with life-sized 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.
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. Keep the time with one of Cartier’s high-end watches, and top it all off with a spree at the famous Bergdorf Goodman near 58th street. All this shopping probably has you exhausted. But, don’t worry: the nearby Central Park is a great spot for relaxing with a latte.
Whether you’re super serious about your purchasing, or you’re just a window shopper, SoHo is the place for you. Stemming from the name “South of Houston,” SoHo is a popular neighborhood surrounded by Houston Street on the North, Canal Street on the South, Lafayette Street on the East, and 6th Avenue on the West. Prior to the 1960’s, SoHo was considered to be an industrial area flanked by iron buildings and factories. However, in the 1960’s, an influx of artists transformed this area to the hip and fashionable district we are familiar with today.
Well known name brands line the streets, such as D&G, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Coach, Louis Vuitton. If you’re more in the mood for some cute boutiques, check out Legacy, INA Soho, or Olive and Bette’s. You absolutely cannot miss Barney’s Co-Op. If you like midtown’s Barney’s, you’ll love this Barney’s-on-a-budget located on Wooster Street. Your regular favorites can also be found in trendy SoHo. Bloomingdales, Banana Republic, Express, American Eagle, and many more will wear out even an expert shopper.
Can’t afford that new Dolce and Gabbana handbag you’ve been eyeing? Head down to New York’s Chinatown and walk away with all the most similarly designed and convincing bags you could ever want. Barter with vendors in this exciting section of Manhattan. Then grab a bite at one of the over 200 restaurants in the neighborhood. Numerous souvenir shops also line the streets, where you can stop and get your coveted I “Heart” New York T-shirts for a great price, along with any other New York City paraphernalia. Stop by the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for a cold treat. This is the perfect neighborhood for a stroll and some thrilling bargains. New York City’s Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in the United States—and the site of the largest concentration of Chinese in the western hemisphere—is located on the lower east side of Manhattan.
Venture to the pricey zip code of Tribeca where luxury is the norm. Stop by Lafco New York for your personal care needs. Then, swing by Baker Tribeca, Room, and Urban Archaeology to furnish your home in style. Visit Tribeca Issey Miyake. The Japanese designer’s flagship store will have you in awe. It is often hard to decide which is more beautiful, the clothing or the store itself!
Be sure to make a stop in The Village where a unique shopping experience awaits you. You may enjoy strolling Bleecker Street, which features a stretch of well known high-end stores such as Ralph Lauren, Juicy Couture, Fresh, Coach, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. But the West Village isn’t just a shopping spot for the big name droppers. Small specialty shops, often selling handmade and vintage goods, will satisfy the bohemian in you. At Beautiful Tibet, you can find silk tunics straight from India. And, don’t miss Satya Jewelry where you’ll find symbolism in every piece.
Why not go vintage? In this city, old is new. Stop by vintage boutique Zachary’s Smile to check out designer clothes from years past. Also, visit Cheap Jack’s Vintage Clothing in Mid-town Manhattan. You’ll find great lightly worn treasures in this three-story shop.
Finally, what’s a shopping spree in New York without sample sales? These bargain gems can be hard to find, but once you’ve found them, you’ll be in shopper’s heaven. You’ll often be handed flyers about these sample sales while strolling the streets of New York. You can also find out about some of them online. The Fashion District in midtown is a popular location for these sales.
For shopping and movie locations, New York can’t be beat, and neither can On Location Tours!
* 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.