Before chick flicks and rom coms were a dime a dozen, there was Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The classic 1961 romantic comedy (originally a screenplay written by George Axelrod, loosely based on a novella by Truman Capote) stars Audrey Hepburn as the infamous Holly Golightly and George Peppard as Paul Varjak—two neighbors who become close, navigate a few unconventional circumstances together, sip some champagne and then inevitably fall in love.
Whether you’re a devout fan of Hepburn, the movie itself, or just have an affinity for the City that Never Sleeps, grab your besties and head to the Big Apple following this Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired itinerary. Go on, “wild thing.”
Where to Stay
While in New York City, stay in something that would be Holly-approved. A fan of classic style and luxury, we’re certain that the historic Warwick Hotel will do. Aside from the fact that it’s rumored to have been a favorite of Audrey’s, it’s prominent midtown location is within walking distance of many iconic NYC attractions, including Central Park, the MoMa, and Broadway. Grab a classically appointed room or suite (hey, it’s your bachelorette) to call home for the weekend and enjoy excellent service, luxe accommodations, room service, and the oh-so-important fully loaded minibar.
What to See & Do
It’s pretty obvious, but one of your first stops should be the flagship Tiffany & Co. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. Throw on your oversize sunnies and rock your hair in a bun as you and your girls grab coffee and croissants, reenacting the iconic scene. (It also won’t hurt to head inside and check out the incredible array of iconic fine jewelry and silver.)
Next, it’s time for a boozy brunch that would make Holly proud. While you can’t really eat breakfast at Tiffany’s (total bummer) you have an array of options ahead of you within midtown, or just a quick cab away. Bachelorette hotspot Beauty and Essex on the Lower East Side might be hidden behind the guise of a pawn shop, but once inside you’ll enjoy a fun and funky atmosphere, incredible bites, and craft cocktails. Dine on delicacies including lemon blackberry pancakes with sweet ricotta, pizettes, or a pork belly BLT. With something for everyone, it makes a great, girly option for your big weekend. Paul Varjak may have not ever drunk champagne before breakfast before, but that shouldn’t stop you.
You trip wouldn’t be complete without a stroll by Holly’s apartment, located on 71st Street. While the façade was only used for exterior shots, it’s totally worth taking a selfie or two outside, and to pay homage to the dynamic character. Just be sure to be respectful, it’s a private residence after all.
The Conservatory Water Central Park (between 72nd and 75th Streets) is not only a great place to watch the model boats sail, have a picnic and check out the birds, but it will also look quite familiar to movie fans. After “2E” (Emily Failenson, played by Patricia Neal) spots a man creeping around Paul’s apartment (who turns out to be Holly’s “husband”), he tries to see if he’ll be followed and heads to this location. It’s also not the only part of the park utilized in the film. The pair have a man-to-man chat at the Naumburg Bandshell.
While a library might be the last place you think of when planning a bachelorette, you must swing by the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. During Holly and Paul’s big day in the city, they end up at the NYPL, where he finds a copy of his novel and signs it. The library also makes a second appearance later in the film, as Paul is searching for Holly.