A West Village Walk + Magnolia Bakery

Carries stoop from Sex and the City | York Avenue
Name that stoop!

Yup, it’s Carrie’s iconic stoop from Sex and the City, located on Perry Street in the West Village (they filmed the stoop scenes here, even though on the show she lived on the Upper East Side). My sister and I visited this historic landmark on a Sex and the City walking tour we took over the weekend. It was fun-we got to wander around the West Village and visit sites from the show such as the park where Steve and Miranda got married, Pastis, where Carrie and Alexandr ate brunch, the Diane von Furstenberg store, where Carrie is shopping (in the movie) when she tells Samantha she’s engaged to Big, and more. But unsurprisingly, my favorite stop of the day was this one:

Magnolia Bakery | York Avenue
Magnolia Bakery, the cute cupcake shop that Carrie and Co. put on the map!

Magnolia Bakery in the West Village | York Avenue
Magnolia Bakery in NYC | York Avenue
Magnolia Bakery menu | York Avenue
Cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery | York Avenue
Cakes at Magnolia Bakery | York Avenue
Jars of sprinkles at Magnolia Bakery | York Avenue
Cupcakes being frosted at Magnolia Bakery | York Avenue
Sprinkles at Magnolia Bakery | York Avenue
Mini cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery | York Avenue

If you’re visiting NYC or if you’re a local and want to get to know various parts of the city better, a walking tour really is a great idea. It’s a perfect opportunity to get outside, enjoy the beautiful autumn weather, and explore an unfamiliar area (while burning off all the cupcakes you just ate). When you live in NYC (or any city, I assume) you sometimes get stuck in a rut of staying in your own neighborhood and just going to all of your regular places, so this is a wonderful way to branch out. I’m excited to take a historic walking tour next and learn some of the history behind New York’s different areas and architecture (and maybe do a food tour, too!). Check out this site for what looks like a lot of great options.

Have any of you ever taken a walking tour in your area, or while on a trip? Would you?

photos by Jacqueline and Allison for York Avenue


  1. Stylishlyme says: October 7, 2013

    How fun! I've never done a walking trip come to think about it – well… I take it back while studying abroad I took a walking trip with my class if that counts =)


  2. Alyssa says: October 7, 2013

    Magnolia's red velvet are my dream come true. So yummy!

  3. viviana88 says: October 7, 2013

    My old neighborhood! I miss it oh so much. I literally lived three blocks away from Magnolia 🙂 So dangerous.

  4. Hallie Wilson says: October 7, 2013

    Nothing better than playing a tourist in your own city. Love it! I've visited that stoop often… #creep

  5. Jackie-York Avenue says: October 7, 2013

    Yes it was fun to be a tourist for a day! And I neglected to mention we also stopped by SJP's real stoop.. #supercreep

  6. Jackie-York Avenue says: October 7, 2013

    That definitely counts-and it sound like fun!

  7. Jackie-York Avenue says: October 7, 2013

    The bus tour is what my sister originally wanted to do, but I pushed for the walking tour…kinda regret it though because I think the bus tour is more "official" and you go to locations all over the city. The walking tour only took us to places downtown. Still fun though!

  8. Holly Kvinge says: October 7, 2013

    What a great idea!

  9. Short and Sweet Blog says: October 7, 2013

    Oh looks so yummy and tasty!

  10. Signe says: October 7, 2013

    That looks sooo yummy!


  11. Merritt Beck says: October 8, 2013

    LOVE magnolia! So delish!

    The Style Scribe

  12. michelle says: October 8, 2013

    mmm cupcakes. note to self: go to new york and eat cupcakes with you.

  13. Allison says: October 8, 2013

    This makes me want more cupcakes…oh and to live in the West Village. Sigh. If only it were possible. Great pics!

  14. Nikki says: December 1, 2013

    Oooh I took the Sex and the City tour when I was in NY last time (but it wasn't a walking tour… we were on a bus). It was pretty much the best thing ever!! And the cupcakes at Magnolia were sooo good.


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