Let this map guide you to Carrie's favorite Paris haunts
Miss Carrie Bradshaw is the epitome of the New York 30s-something — columnist, fashionista, girl who knows how to brunch. After six seasons centered on Miss Bradshaw’s Manhattan lifestyle, Sex and the City took a daring plunge and moved its 2004 series finale to Paris. New York may be home to Carrie’s best gal pals (and most of her shoes), but it took a visit to the City of Love for her to finally reunite with her prince. Impressively, this is Carrie’s first time in the city (“Well, not if you include movies!”) and Bradshaw proves herself the ultimate American in Paris, hitting up the coolest Parisian hotspots (all in stilletos, nonetheless). For a chance to walk in Carrie Bradshaw’s Louboutins, follow our SATC Paris guide! Who knows, you might just meet your Mr. Big along the way…
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
25 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
This luxury hotel on Avenue Montaigne is known for its striking, red-accented facade. If you don’t fall in love based on appearances alone, note that the hotel is a ten-minute walk to the Eiffel Tower and just next door to Dior! For EUR 5,995 you could book a night in the Presidential Suite — tempting, I know… but if that’s outside of your budget, a visit to the bar will suffice. This is the very bar where Aleksandr Petrovsky gives Carrie her stunning diamond necklace. And later, of course, the hotel serves as the site of Carrie and Mr. Big’s reunion! You may remember this ornate carpet where the two fall — quite literally! — back in love.
Tip: Lusting after Carrie’s red umbrella. You can get your hands on your own as its from the hotel. Though they no longer have the exact same model for sale, they d have a very similar one.
1 Rue du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris
Sip une verre de vin rouge while chainsmoking at Kong, the trendy restaurant where Carrie and Petrovsky’s ex-wife Juliette have a strangely intimate lunch date. Keep in mind, Kong isn’t for everyone. Carrie praises the modern restaurant, while Juliette thinks “the chairs are hideous.” We’re on your side, Carrie; we think Kong is effortlessly chic and Parisian!
Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006 Paris
Here Carrie makes a desperate call home to Miranda, confessing that her life in Paris is not exactly La Vie en rose. But get this, the angry French pay phone she uses doesn’t actually exist! It was installed off the Place Saint-Sulpice just for this scene. Um, Carrie, if people are installing pay phones for your exclusive use, I think things are going assez bien!
30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Carrie’s a bit clumsy abroad. Dior is the locale of one of her many Parisian faux pas. Mon dieu, this is a difficult scene to watch…
*Pause and catch the pained expression of the French lady who doesn’t find Carrie’s fall particularly amusing!
41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Missing her gal pals in NYC, Carrie looks on sadly as an anonymous group of French women dines at L’Avenue. This trendy Parisian restaurant is in the heart of Carrie’s Paris, near Dior and Hôtel Plaza Athénée.
2 Rue de l’Amiral de Coligny, 75001 Paris, France
Sadly, Cador Patisserie is no longer. In its place you’ll find Cojean, an organic cafe chain. Somehow, I doubt said health-conscious cafe would allow Carrie to light up at an indoor table as she does here at Cador…
Promenade de l’Allée du Séminaire
Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
Not far from the quaint rue Servandoni where Carrie really puts her foot in it, she finds solace in a nearby fountain.
Oops! It’s one calamity after the next for Carrie in Paris. This time Carrie steps in a pile of Parisian dog poop — while wearing a pair of white Louboutin pumps — ooh la la! If you’re planning to visit the infamous rue Servandoni, maybe skip the designer heels…
This stroll through Place Dauphine marks one of Aleksandr and Carrie’s final moments of happiness. He’s excited for his new exhibition and she’s happy that people read her book in France. They both have Parisian fan bases, yay! Things go downhill soon after, but they’ll always have (this lovely stroll through) Paris.
Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris
Carrie has a major epiphany in the modern photography museum the Jeu de Paume (spoiler alert): Petrovsky sucks! He made Carrie miss a party that was thrown in her honor, and then he ignored her all night. Jerk! Unfortunately, this epiphany comes too late and she’s already missed her fan club dinner… but it’s not too late for her to run into Mr. Big!
Commerce (Formerly Grange Hall)
50 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014, United States
Surprise, this “Parisian” restaurant and site of Carrie’s would-be party is actually in NYC. In the episode, Carrie arrives late to a still-set table, a lipstick-stained copy of her book left behind. Considering the time difference, maybe she’s not actually late to the party, but maybe 6 hours early…? The restaurant changed hands (and names) from Grange Hall to Commerce, but sadly, neither restaurant has stayed in business.
New York stand in: They even had a French taxi and roadsigns to trick you into thinking this is Paris
Pont des Arts
Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris
After six seasons of missed connections, Carrie and Mr. Big finally get their ‘happily ever after’ (until the 2006 movie, that is). And could they have found a more romantic site than the Pont des Arts, a.k.a. the “Love Lock Bridge”? I’m going to go with NO! They seal their fate with a kiss at nightfall (swoon!).
Big to Carrie:
Follow our Sex and the City tour to learn more about Carrie’s journey in Paris.