Where to Have Cupcakes like Carrie Bradshaw?

I have seen pictures of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment about a thousand times on Instagram. Excited girls sitting on the front porch with a dreamy expression on their faces and a caption saying: “waiting for Mr. Big”. Well, sew me, but I had to have this picture!

I don’t consider Sex and The City the best series of all times, I can’t say that I relate to the story but there’s something so appealing about it that I keep watching the same episodes time and again on lazy Sundays when I stay in bed the whole day. It’s the dreamy idea of a girl living in New York, buying $400 shoes and looking for love. Realistic? Not really. Does a girl’s dream have to be realistic? Not really.

Carrie Bradshaw in front of her NY apartment
Carrie Bradshaw in front of her apartment. In the series the apartment was located in Upper East Side. But in reality all the scenes on the staircase were shot in front of an apartment in West Village.

Carrie’s apartment is only a door and a front porch, really. Not that you could go inside: there are people living there. In fact, even the front porch is off-limits now. There’s a chain on the bottom of the staircase restricting you from sitting on steps. And a stern note asking not to trespass and be quiet. Can’t blame the owners, I would also be annoyed if there was a never-ending line of tourists in front of my house.

Just a couple of blocks away there is another filming location from Sex and the City – Magnolia Bakery, where Carrie and Miranda had cupcakes and talked about Carrie’s latest crush on Aidan in season 3.  

Long story short, the apartment and Magnolia Bakery were on the top of my must-do-in-New York list. Other things on that list included listening to a Grammy-winning church choir, eating Dominique Ansel’s cronut and visiting a cemetery in Brooklyn. I have a very diverse must-do list, I know. As luck has it, on the days when I planned to do all these exciting things, it was raining cats and dogs. I couldn’t convince my family that cemetery on a gloomy and rainy day is a good idea, but visiting a famous movie location and eating cupcakes afterwards was easier to sell.

So here’s my long-dreamed-of picture in front of Carrie’s apartment under pouring rain. It stopped raining about 15 minutes after we took the picture.

in front of Carrie Bradshaw's apartment NYC

To have the full Sex and The City experience, we headed to Magnolia Bakery after taking the photo.

scene at Magnolia bakery from Sex and the city
Scene from Sex and The City (season 3) in front of Magnolia Bakery in West Village

Magnolia was famous for its sweets and treats long before it was featured in Sex and the City. Thanks to TV-show fans, though, there are long lines to the bakery now. But the pastries are fabulous and well-worth the wait!

Sex and the City cupcakes

Rain wasn’t such a bad thing afterwards, sparing us from long lines in front of both the apartment and the bakery (those can get pretty bad). 

Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment: 66, Perry St., West Village, New York

Magnolia Bakery

Address: 401 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014

Hours: Sun – Thu: 9 AM – 11.30 PM, Fri – Sat: 9 AM – 12.30 AM

Pin for later:


Yulia is a Russian food and travel blogger who found home first in Sri Lanka for 3 years, then in Brazil for a year and is currently based in Austin, Texas. She is the kind of person who starts a research of the new country by googling “what to eat in…” instead of “what to visit in…” Yulia is a self-proclaimed “food nerd” who will spend hours reading on the origins of pecan pie before trying it and who doesn’t consider waiting in line of 50 people to get a cronut a waste of time. She finds it hard to keep her delicious findings to herself and that is the reason why this blog exists.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *