I was lucky enough to pass by this Harry Potter themed cafe when I was in Hongdae with my friends, so I took this opportunity to crash my phone with a million photos. This cafe consists of 6 floors and each is designed differently for people to take a glimpse into the world of Harry Potter.
B1: Hog’s Head (Pub and Cafe)
1F: Magical Liquid Medicine OR Dessert and Food
2F: Wizard Cafe
3F: Banquet Hall
4F: Wizard Dormitory
5F: Department of Magic (Muggle Access Not Allowed)
6F: Death wizard infested area (Muggle Access Not Allowed)
The exterior design is inspired by the train station called King’s Cross Station, it was named after a train station in London and where the students of Hogwarts had to go through Platform 9¾ to take the Hogwarts Express that goes straight to Hogwart! Every corner of this building is instagrammable photo zones.
I’ve never got a chance to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studio back in America, so I decided to go in and explore. To my surprise, the interior design is very vintage-like. As you enter the store you will see the scrolls of menus and don’t worry they offered in many different languages. The walls are also lined up with wands so I am assuming that you can buy a wand there, too. On the first floor is where you can buy some cakes and drinks and even Butterbeer! To explore the building you must buy a cake and a drink. There’s only one cake that’s Harry Potter themed and it’s the pink birthday that cost 17,000 won, which is a bit overpriced for a tiny cake.
Even though the drinks and the cakes are a bit pricey, it’ll definitely worth the money if you are a big fan of Harry Potter.
The first floor consists of multiple photo zones and uniforms from each house for you to try on. If you want to know which house you are in, I recommended taking the sorting house quiz in Pottermore or you can wear your favorite house’s uniform, too! Trying the uniform and the scarves are free but are only allowed to be worn on the first floor.
The second floor is the Wizard Cafe filled with vintage decorations which enhance the magical vibe around you. You can take a bite of your cake and a sip of your drink while imagining you are one of the wizards or witches enjoying their afternoon tea.
As you go up to the third floor (Banquet Hall), you will see a couple of long dining table which resembles the Great Hall. You can also enjoy your food there too!
There’s also a pub in the basement that’s open Sunday through Thursday from 7:30 pm until 5 am and Friday and Saturday from 6:30 pm till 5 am.
How to get there?
Address: Hongdae, Seoul Mapo-Gu Seogyo-Dong 417 (서울특별시 마포구 서교동 417)
Opening Times: Tue-Sun (11am–10pm)
Nearest Station: Hongik University (Exit 9), Located near the Trick Eye Museum.
Instagram: King’s Cross Coffee Platform