New York: Cheapo “Sex and the City” tour

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The scene at Magnolia Bakery, May 29th at 5 p.m.

The “Sex and the City” movie opens nationwide this weekend. So, we got to thinking… “What would Cheapo Bradshaw* do?”

Sweet stop

Carrie would wait in line for 45 minutes to indulge her sweet tooth with a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery in the West Village.

Cheapo Bradshaw would started by a former Magnolia employee—where we swear the cakes taste the same, if not better. A cupcake here will cost you $2, which is 25 cents less than what Magnolia charges. Hey, you’ll have a quarter to call someone who cares. Us!

A bit of shopping

Carrie would drop upwards of $600 at the Jimmy Choo shoe salon.

Cheapo Bradshaw would take the nearest subway train—probably wearing flats—downtown to Battery Park City, where the Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) is almost never packed and the shoes are sold at deeply discounted prices.

A quick cocktail

Carrie would wax poetic while sipping on designer Cosmopolitans at Onieal’s Speakeasy, which was called “Scout” on the show. The “Perfect Peach Manhattan” here costs $12, not including the tip.

Cheapo Bradshaw would head to any number of fun, campy bars in the West Village, where 2-for-1 drink specials abound. Top shelf? Boots & Saddle (76 Christopher Street), a self-proclaimed “kitchsy cowboy bar,” where there’s a buy-one-get-one-free Cosmo drink special almost every night. For even more savings, print out a “free drink” coupon from the bar’s website. These “Boots” were made for sippin’!

Out on the town

Carrie would visit the swanky Soho House, the members-only club where entertainment and literary types meet, eat lavishly (a sandwich costs $16), and enjoy looking at the rooftop pool.

Cheapo Bradshaw would browse the shelves at The Strand, the used bookstore that boasts “8 miles of books” and hosts lots of free signings, readings, and other events.

A hotel for fun

Just because she can, Carrie would rest that gorgeous head of hair on a 6,000-count pillowcase at the Hotel Gansevoort, where room rates run from $425 to $725.

Cheapo Bradshaw would choose to stay at the Gershwin, where there’s never a shortage of characters at the bar, and the rooms are designed with flair. (In fact, they resemble what Carrie’s apartment might have been sans the HBO set designers…)

Got a tip for Cheapo Bradshaw? Leave a comment here. Then, find out how you can get your big apple break!

*About Cheapo Bradshaw: Cheapo Bradshaw adores her boyfriend “Mr. Medium” (an actual Mr. Big would be way too much of an investment) and her new eco-friendly tote bag. She scours vintage and secondhand store racks. Her gal pals are frugal and they meet once a month for book group, where they drink wine that was bought in bulk.  When CB has extra cash, she travels.

About the author

Meredith Franco Meyers

About the author: Meredith earned an MFA in fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Her feature stories and articles have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Self, Bridal Guide, Time Out New York, Fitness and more. She joined EuroCheapo in summer 2007.

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16 thoughts on “New York: Cheapo “Sex and the City” tour”

  1. Hi Meredith,

    Great article! I wanted to email you but couldn’t find any contact info. I work for On Location Tours and was hoping you could link to our Sex and the City Hotspots tour in your article – its a great way to experience the life of Carrie Bradshaw and the other SATC gals!

    For more info, please visit


  2. i heard that you can not do the sex in the city tour during the week. Is this true. It sounds crazy . I am a huge fan n am only in ny mon tues wed thurs?

  3. My friend and I just took the Sex and the City tour when we were in NYC and loved it–that was a cheap way to see everything (only $38 each!). It was one of the best three hours we ever did. Jennifer

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  5. I’m an actor/guide and do private tours around town. I know where Sarah actually lives (clue: it’s near the “Carrie Bradshaw” house) and a ton of other celeb locations.

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  7. Hilarious! The first thing I think every episode I see is, ‘Who tromps around New York in shoes like that?’ Love the flats.

  8. Well, I think Cheapo Bradshaw knows how to have a great time with out spending great funds! Nothing wrong with that hun!!!


    P.S. I never knew about the Gershwin… (hmmm…)

  9. Oh, I love Tokyo Joe’s! I still have the pair of Prada shades I snagged there for about $50.

  10. I think Cheapo Bradshaw would also forgo Bergdorfs for some consignment designer clothes at Tokyo Joe ‘s…

  11. Love, love, love this post! What’s the cheapest ticket I can get from DTW to LGA?! Mental note to hit up the Gershwin when we vizzy in October.

  12. Sounds great! When can we meet? I’d love a twofer Cosmo special at a cowboy bar ANY ole’ time!

  13. As someone who loves Sex in the City and New York it is exciting to watch the show and see the locations in person when I visit. Cheapo Bradshaw should have “Mr. Big” pick up the tab ….. after all of these years :)


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