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This post covers Magnolia Bakery, its NYC locations, its association with Sex and the City, what to order and other visitor tips. It’s also a stop on the official Sex and the City Bus Tour.
Magnolia Bakery, renowned for their cupcakes, started out as a small local bakery in the quaint West Village in 1996. Now it is a worldwide phenomenon – partially due to its 30-second cameo in an episode of Sex and the City, but mostly because they are really darn yummy!
Magnolia Bakery has over 30 stores around the globe. Luckily, six of them are right here in New York City, including the original, which happens to be located very close to where Carrie Bradshaw lived! See our post on how to find Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment).
Below we also include all the locations of Magnolia Bakery and a map to help you find them. We’ve also got tips on the best times to go, what to try and what not to buy. Lastly, we have some suggestions of what you can do near each of the several locations.
Long before Magnolia Bakery made its 30-second appearance on Sex and the City, word was out in New York that their cupcakes were to die for. Locals new how great they were, but there were certainly no lines stretching around the block.
The turning point was shortly after an episode of HBO’s Sex and the City aired. In Season 3, Episode 5, Carrie and Miranda sit on a bench at Magnolia Bakery talking about Carrie’s most recent beau, Aidan.
While Carrie expresses her excitement at her new love interest, she and Miranda snarf down the most decadent, delicious-looking cupcakes in the world.
Within weeks of the airing of the episode, lines began to form around the small bakery on West 11th. Despite the lines, most people agree that it is worth it. There are now 6 locations throughout the city and although there are almost always lines at every one of the stores, there is no question that it is worth the wait.
SATC has quite a cult following. In fact, there are a number of SATC tours that you can take in New York. You can go on your own, but you can also take a bus tour of Sex and the City sights.
We have a self-guided Sex and the City tour that includes a stop at Magnolia Bakery. Our self-guided tour of Greenwich Village also includes the bakery.
The building used for outside shots of Carrie’s apartment in the show is located just around the corner.
The original Magnolia Bakery in Greenwich Village
401 Bleecker St. and W. 11th St., 212.462.2572
OTHER MAGNOLIA LOCATIONS
Midtown Grand Central Terminal Lower Dining Concourse, 212.682.3588
Midtown East Bloomingdales, 1000 Third Avenue, 212.265.5320
Midtown West Rockefeller Center 1240 Avenue of the Americas at 49th St., 212.767.1123
Penn Station 1 Penn Plaza, Lower Concourse, 212-462-2860
Upper West Side 200 Columbus Avenue at 69th St., 212.724.8101
Woodbury Commons Premium Shopping Outlet Mall 845-589-4150
ENJOY YOUR CUPCAKE AND YOUR TRIP TO NEW YORK!