If you’re a Potterhead, 943 King’s Cross Cafe is the place for you. Believe me, it’s like a paradise if you’re a huge fan of Harry Potter. The cafe, located in Hongdae, has the concept and design inspired by the story of the wizard that we all love so much. As a Potterhead myself, I just couldn’t lose the opportunity to go to a Harry Potter themed cafe. And I can tell you that is totally worth it.
I went to the cafe for the first time on the opening week. At that time I had to face a big line to experience all the magic that the place can offer to their costumers. The good news is that two years later is not like that anymore. However, some things are a little bit different now. But don’t worry, I will show everything to you.
The cafe contain 4 floors and a basement all decorated as Hogwarts, so you truly feel like you are inside the movies. At the first floor we can order the products that we are going to consume there. And here it goes an important information. To enjoy everything the cafe can offer to you, you need to buy at least one drink. If you are in the company of more people, each one of them need ordering one as well.
The building is really fantastic and you can notice when you enter the street. The design make it looks like the 9¾, the fictional train platform located in King’s Cross Station in London. And you don’t need to enter the cafe to start taking pictures, there’s already a photo opportunity outside. The first time I was there, I could take a picture in the disappearing trolly, just like in the movie. It was really exciting. Right now they changed it to a Broom Parking, which is equally fantastic.
On the first floor, you also can find spots that are made especially for you taking pictures. As soon as you enter the cafe, you can notice the stairs next to the wall full of wands. The space gives an aura of the Ollivanders store. It’s amazing.
The other space is a hall all decorated and with a big mirror to help you taking pictures. The first time I went there, they used to have a closet with Hogwarts uniforms that you can put on for the perfect shot as a wizard. Right now, this area with the uniforms is located at the 4th floor, even though the decorated hall still exist.
The second, third and forth floor are the areas that you can sit and enjoy your meal and drink. The spaces look cozy and make you feel like you are in the Gryffindor Common Room and the Great Hall. It’s truly amazing. I was just obsessed with the whole place and took millions of pictures!
As I said before, the area with the uniforms that you can try and take some pictures, now is at the 4th floor, that looks really cozy. They created a lot of spots for people taking pictures and it’s really fun spend some time there with your friends looking for the best shot.
The basement is equally incredible. On my first time at the cafe this area wasn’t ready yet, so I was really excited to know the place this time. They created a pub, so if you want, you can spend some time there and have a drink with your friends.
They have several sets and some of them you can share with more people. They include cheese, meat, bread, and vegetable platters. At the menu you can find some themed food, like the Harry Potter’s birthday cake and the big and juicy Dragon’s Leg(turkey leg), which is really big and can fill up to 3 people. They also serve beer and Butterbeer, like the one the we see in the movie.
The first time I was there, I ordered some cake and some drink. This last time I just decided for the ice Butterbeer and it was really good.
I need to tell you that this is not the cheapest cafe. Actually is kinda pricey, but you need to think that you are paying for the whole experience inside the place.
The sets may vary from 19.500 to 54.000 won. The beverages are also expensive and costs from 7.500 to 9.500. At the end you can at least try a delicious drink and take some pictures.
The cafe is just a 10-minute walk from Hongik Univ. Station. Walk out of the station at Exit 9. You can walk two blocks and turn left. Then, walk down two more blocks and turn right. Soon you’ll see the building. It is located near to the Trick Eye Museum.
Address: 24, Yanghwa-ro 16-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
They are open from 11:30am-10:30pm on weekdays and 9:30am-10:30pm on weekends.
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