To the left there is the church where Samantha tried to seduce a sexy priest. Led by a perky actress guide Elise, who worked as an extra on the show, the tour begins at the Pulitzer Fountain in front of the Plaza Hotel, opposite Central Park.
In the first Sex and the City film, Carrie and Charlotte walk past the fountain reminiscing about when they first met. As part of her contract, the actress kept every article of clothing she wore as Carrie.
Our first stop is the small, brightly painted Two Boots pizzeria, where Miranda and Carrie went for a slice of pizza. We drive through the West Village, which also doubled as Paris for some episodes. Parker still lives in the area with her husband, Matthew Broderick, and their children. As we go by the cute Cowgirl cafe, where people are sipping coffee on the footpath, we are played a clip showing Carrie and Miranda bumping into their ex-boyfriends there.
While the tour is, above all, a celebration of all things Sex and the City, even if you were not a fan of the show, it is a great way to discover the hippest places to visit in New York. The Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza hotel. We stop at the uber cool Buddakan Restaurant on 9th Ave and West 16th St, where Carrie and Big went for dinner the night before their wedding. Although the restaurant is not open in the morning when we visit, guests on the tour are allowed in for a stickybeak.
We drive by the fashionable high-end boutiques in the meat packing district — where Samantha lived before it was trendy — and see the furniture shop where Carrie and Aidan met. There is also AOC casual French bistro, where Carrie went on a date with a graphic designer in the courtyard, Da Silvano Tuscan restaurant and Brazilian-influenced Japanese restaurant Sushisamba, a lunching venue for the girls.
Onieals bar, owned by Aidan and Steve in the show. We also pass the gallery where Charlotte worked. On the way back, we vote on our favourite man on Sex and the City before being dropped off at the beautiful Bryant Park, where several centimetres of fake snow were added for the Fashion Week episode. Must book by December 31 for travel from January 1 to March 26 next year. Price subject to change and availability. Ph or see creativeholidays.