New York has been the location for many shows and films throughout the years. So, we decided to make a handy list of film and TV locations in New York that you can actually visit, and the ones you’re not gonna want to miss.

So, hop on a flight to America, grab your besties, your camera, and check out these hotspots, stat!

1. Friends, apartment building, 90 Bedford Street

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Ok, so, real talk Friends wasn’t actually filmed in New York. It was actually recorded on a set in Los Angeles. Sorry to break it to ya!

There are only a handful of scenes filmed in New York. One of them being the outside of that famous apartment building.

This quaint apartment can be found on the corner of Bedford Street and Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village.

Check it out with your friends but beware of Ugly Naked Guy…

2. Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment, 66 Perry Street

Carrie Bradshaw: 20 years later, she’s still New York‘s most fabulous single lady.

According to the show, Carrie lived in an apartment on the Upper East Side. In real life, the outdoor scenes were filmed in the West Village on the beautiful Perry Street.

Gaze at the iconic brownstone window where Carrie sat and wrote her sex column – and just imagine all of the amazing shoes that graced those stairs!

3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Tiffany & Co., 727 5th Avenue

Have breakfast at Tiffany’s the Holly Golightly way – by looking at the jewellery in the window with a cup of coffee and a croissant.

If you have a little more time (and some cash to spend), you can even have a sit-down meal at the new Blue Box Café on the fourth floor.

Trust us – Tiffany’s is a New York must-do. After all, as Holly once said, ‘nothing very bad could happen to you there’.

4. Gossip Girl, The Metropolitan Museum of Art steps, 1000 5th Avenue

Spotted. You and your friend eating lunch on the steps of The Met. But who is Queen B? You know there can only be one! XOXO, Gossip Girl.

These steps aren’t only a rite of passage for the girls from Constance Billard School – they’re actually a pretty great place for a yogurt and a spot of people watching, too.

5. Seinfeld, Tom’s Restaurant aka Monk’s Café, 2880 Broadway

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Seinfeld is known as the ‘show about nothing’, but this place is definitely something!

Tom’s Restaurant is the real-life spot that inspired Monk’s Café. You’ll definitely recognise the neon sign outside.

Put on your best George Costanza shirt and make the pilgrimage over to Monk’s to get a tuna on toast (whatever that is).

6. How I Met Your Mother, McGee’s aka McLaren’s, 240 West 55th Street

The gang’s favourite pub and the site of all the best storylines is actually a real bar – and it’s called McGee’s.

Show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas spent time drinking there during a previous gig before deciding to give those padded booths a starring role in the show.

When you visit, ask them for the special HIMYM food and drink menu. Don’t pass up the opportunity to try a ‘Slapsgiving Mini Pizza’.

7. Serendipity, Serendipity III, 225 E 60th Street

There are some things you shouldn’t leave to fate – and going to Serendipity III for a frozen hot chocolate is one of them.

Afterwards you can head down the street to Bloomingdale’s and buy yourself some gloves – just like Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) and Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) did in the movie.

Who knows? Maybe something serendipitous will happen to you…

8. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Plaza Hotel, 768 5th Avenue

For more than 100 years, The Plaza has been New York’s premier hotel.

Kings, presidents and countless celebrities have all stayed here – but none of the hotel’s guests have been more famous than Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister in Home Alone 2.

If you’re lucky enough to stay at The Plaza, see if you can rack up a room service bill bigger than Kevin’s $967.

9. Law & Order, Foley Square & New York Supreme Court, 60 Centre Street

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Don’t deny it – you just heard the famous Law & Order soundtrack in your head.

The New York Supreme Court is in Foley Square, and those steps are featured in almost every Law & Order episode known to man.

Excuse me while I channel my inner Olivia Benson.

10. Ghostbusters, Firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company 8, North Moore Street

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If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, make your way over to Ghostbusters HQ.

In reality, it’s an old fire station in Tribeca and the people who own the building don’t mind sharing it with anyone who fancies themself a supernatural hunter.

They even put a colorful Ghostbusters mural on the sidewalk outside to welcome them in. Spooky…

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Brittni Phillips
Brittni is a New York City girl and Trip Leader with Topdeck North America. She loves being on the go, visiting bookshops, hidden gems and cat cafés around the world. When she isn’t travelling, you can usually find her binging on all things Harry Potter and planning her next big adventure.