Despite the fact that Sex and The City has been over for TWO decades I always have it on the brain. My fantasy Sex and The City Paris Tour began while I was watching the last episode of the last season of Sex and the City. The rest is history!
This post was originally written in 2010 (and SATC has already passed its 20-year anniversary headed to 25!), yet it remains one of my most visited stories. So, I feel it is my obligation as a lifelong Sex and the City fan to make sure that information remains up-to-date. Thanks to other SATC fans I have been able to learn the identity of some of the locations that alluded me. Now back to the post!
If you are looking for information about Emily in Paris – a series many folks compare of Sex and the City, jump to my list of Emily in Paris film locations!
If you came here actually looking for sex in Paris, might I suggest this book!
There had always been one little detail about the last episode of Season 6 of Sex and The City that had driven me crazy. Carrie goes to have lunch with Petrovsky’s ex Juliette, who happens to be the beautiful French actress, Carole Bouquet (an ex-Bond girl as well!). The scene takes place in a restaurant that faces the Seine. It was modern and funky with plastic chairs and I have been dying to know where it is for years!
For some reason, I had it in my mind that it was a restaurant inside of a museum and I had tried unsuccessfully to figure out exactly which one. After a while, I forgot about it. But about two months later, as I was downloading the series on iTunes so that I could watch it on my commute I re-remembered that I had never found the answer to my search. Then it hit me. I have a French husband!
(Well I knew that.) But I had not thought about using him to help me in my search! He found it in 7 minutes. Seven minutes! The restaurant is called Kong. Yay, happy day! It’s not that I necessarily want to go there, it’s just that I needed the information to close the loop. Ever happen to you, just need to know something, not to take action, but to just know it?
But now that I know that the restaurant Carrie met Juliette was Kong’s, there are a few other places I wonder about. After all, Paris is my heart and I am so curious to explore every corner of her, and the SATC tie-in is a bonus! They have SATC tours in New York (much to the New Yorkers’ chagrin!), but wouldn’t it be fun to go on a Paris one? I looked, it doesn’t exist.
Kong’s is located at: 1 Rue du Pont Neuf in the 1st arrondissement.
So if I was going to create my own Sex and The City Paris Tour, this is what it would look like.
The Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Carrie’s arrival, of course! Hôtel Plaza Athénée is the Sex and The City hotel. This is where Carrie and Alec Petrovsky lived during their time in the city of light. It is a Parisian institution, in fact, it is a national landmark. It’s a five-star palace with all the trimmings. It’s sumptuous, luxurious, and totally out of my price range!
Although totally within the means of both Alec and Mr. Big. Carrie didn’t know how good she had it! Alain Ducasse has a restaurant there, the flagship of all his restaurants and a meal there would be exceptional. You can drool over the hotel here. And this is what the suite they filmed in looks like:
Hôtel Plaza Athénée is located at: 25 Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement.
The salon du thé where Carrie gourds herself with French pastries after being out in the rain, precariously walking on cobblestone in her expensive shoes, and stepping in dog you-know-what sadly no longer exists. The interior looks absolutely gorgeous!
The spot is located on the corner of Rue de Louvre & Rue Amiral de Coligny (in the 1st arrondissement), right now there is a different restaurant in that spot. I had originally thought it was Angelina’s where they serve magnificent pastries and hot chocolate, but alas that was not the case.
I love the bull mastiff who has a seat at the table next to her, classic Parisian, although I have never seen a dog this big on a chair, only small dogs.
Jeu de Paume Museum.
This is where Alec was preparing to display his art for his show in Paris. It’s a contemporary art and photography museum. The building architecture looks very interesting, but I have never been to it. I remember Carrie coming into the museum to look for Alec. The lighting was beautiful. You can find more information about the museum here.
The Jeu de Paume Museum is located at: 1 Place de la Concorde in the 8th arrondissement.
The Dior Where Carrie Shops
Passionate fans of Sex and the City know just how fashion-obsessed Carrie was, which is why it came as zero surprise to anyone that she made sure to visit the legendary Dior Paris boutique during her visit to this legendary city. It’s impossible to imagine her visiting Paris without going through these shop doors.
Truth be told, though, even Carrie herself would likely admit that she probably could have made a better entrance.
She visited Dior during one of those truly unique Parisian days (with buckets and buckets of rain pouring down), stepping inside of the Dior shop with a brilliantly red umbrella that inevitably shed water all over the floor – leading to a slip and fall!
Making the most of the situation, Carrie lets out a now-famous “Bonjour!” while sprawled across the boutique floor. But then it’s time for some serious shopping!
The Dior store is located at: 30 Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement.
Rue Servandoni (Where Carrie Washes Her Shoe)
Carrie has a number of very memorable moments while visiting Paris, not all of them on purpose – and some of them (like this one) that she would probably love to forget!
While walking between the Luxembourg Gardens and the Place Saint-Sulpice, Carrie really “steps in it” (in more ways than one) and the audience immediately knows exactly what happens when we get a closer look at her white shoes.
The camera pans down and then zooms in on what used to be pure, snow-white pumps that now are decidedly quite a bit dirty – and it’s not mud from the street that has caused the issue. No, some furry little four-legged friend that calls this beautiful city home has left a present on the sidewalk for passersby to absentmindedly step into. And that’s exactly what has happened here!
Without missing a beat, however, and showing off a lot of the New York City attitude Carrie immediately pops the shoe off and starts washing it in the closest fountain.
The juxtaposition of a very New York City girl in maybe the most fashionable European city scrubbing dog droppings off of her shoes in a public fountain created a moment that fans of the show will never, ever forget.
Undaunted Carrie presses on with her day after a quick splash, ready to explore the rest of Paris while refusing to allow incidents like this to cloud her adventures.
It’s not hard to see why so many people fell in love with Carrie (the show in general) when you have scenes like this!
The fountain is located at: Rue Servandoni near the Place Saint-Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement.
Le Pont des Arts.
This one I have actually walked across. It is also known to Parisians as Le Pont des Amoureux or Lover’s Bridge. It is one of the few pedestrian-only bridges (if not the only?) and it is beautiful at night. The perfect setting for the Carrie-Mr.-Big reunion. These days you cannot get an unobstructed view as it now is full of love locks.
The Pont des Arts is located in the 6th arrondissement along the Seine.
Places that I have no idea where they are and would LOVE to find out. If you know where any of the following are, please let me know!
The bookstore where Carrie sees her book. She sees the French version of Sex and the City in the window display and then walks inside to find that she has fans! They invite her out to dinner so that they can get to know her better, a chance to meet and make some Parisian friends. Where is the bookstore? And where is the restaurant that Carrie shows up late because Alec kept her?
So that’s it! The Sex and The City Paris locations that I think would make a great tour.
Does my tour sound like fun? Want to go with me? Got any additional suggestions for tour stops?
While you’re here, maybe you’d like to read my 5 Things Sex and the City taught me about life if you’re a fan you probably took away some of the same lessons!
Illustration commissioned from Linden Eller.
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