The deceptively minimal slate-grey exterior of Buddakan, 75 9th Avenue in Chelsea , where Steve arrives to plead his case, hides the dramatic Chinoiserie Room, every bit as spectacular as it appears on screen.
Two stories high, its banquet table seats 36 diners, and that’s not to mention the restaurant’s Library Room – with around 2,500 books
Over on the West Coast, Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is trying to adjust to monogamous life with Smith in a stunning tri-level glass-arch home at 24826 Malibu Road (yours for $55,000 long-term rental – naturally a short-term rental is a little more expensive), in the stretch of luxury beachfront properties east of Malibu itself toward Malibu Bluffs Park.
It’s not only convenient for comfort shopping – at Gucci, 347 Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills – it’s even more convenient when the girls convince Carrie to take the pre-booked honeymoon break anyway.
The luxury ‘Mexican’ resort is just a few miles from Samantha’s home. You can’t stay there, though – it’s Villa Lizton, 4440 Encinal Canyon Road , a private Mediterranean-style home set in more than four acres of grounds above La Piedra State Beach , just to the west of Malibu .
Having left Steve, Miranda also leaves Brooklyn , settling into 148 Henry Street at Rutgers Street near Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side .
It’s while shopping with Miranda for Halloween costumes in Duane Reade, 873 Broadway at East 18th Street, that Carrie sees the dreaded wedding issue of Vogue on sale.
It’s time for Carrie to make changes, starting with hair – going dark at Riccardo Maggiore Salon , on the third floor of 136 East 57th Street at Lexington Avenue.
She also gets an assistant – Louise, from St Louis (Jennifer Hudson), meeting up with her in Starbucks, 13 Astor Place . Carrie and Louise commiserate about broken hearts in Bemelman’s Bar at the venerable Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street on the East Side . The art deco bar’s whimsical murals are the work of Ludwig Bemelmans , creator of the enormously popular Madeline children’s books (which inspired the 1998 film).
New hair, new assistant – time for a new desk. If you’re set on recreating the whole experience exactly, this is where you’ll come unstuck. The store in which Carrie and Charlotte shop is not a furniture store. It’s Luce Plan, 49 Greene Street, in actuality a lighting store, just south of Broome Street in SoHo .
Samantha is reminded how much she misses New York when her white fur is doused with red paint outside the ‘Mercedes Benz Fashion Week’ marquee, erected (just for the movie’s Vivienne Westwood show) in Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets, behind New York Public Library.
The Park Avenue address from which Carrie and party leave for the big wedding is the home of Charlotte and Harry, at 930 Park Avenue at East 81st Street on the East Side
The neighbourhood Italian restaurant where Carrie meets Louise with her new boyfriend is a casualty of NY’s ever-changing scene. La Focaccia, which stood at 51 Bank Street in Greenwich Village , has closed down since filming.
Still operating since the Seventies, the restaurant festooned with Valentine’s Day streamers and balloons, in which Miranda finally ‘fesses up her guilty secret, is Raoul’s, 180 Prince Street , between Sullivan and Thompson Streets in SoHo . You might also have seen this French bistro-style eaterie in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Boston’-set The Departed.
The elegant cast iron pavilion in Central Park , where Carrie and Miranda have a heart-to-heart about forgiveness, is known as the Ladies’ Pavilion . It was built in 1871 as a shelter for the one-time trolley stop at 8th Avenue and 59th Street. You’ll find it on the peninsula known as Hernshead , on the northwest shore of Central Park Lake , near West 75th Street . And if you can’t afford New York Public Library, you can celebrate your wedding rather more modestly here. It’s also featured in Woody Allen’s Celebrity.