The Harry Potter Café café in Seoul (named King’s Cross 934) has just opened last November 2018 and is taking Seoul by storm. Hundreds of people line up each day to see the newly built café. I am such a big fan of the Harry Potter books and movies so I was definitely excited to check it out.
You can already see the café from afar as we walk from the street corner. It’s called King’s Cross 9 3/4 which refers to the train station and platform 9 and 3 quarters in the Harry Potter books and movies. It has 4 floors and a basement. At the façade is the famous scene where Harry goes through the walls of the platform and of course, we had to take this photo op. Universal Studios in Japan and Wizarding World of Harry Potter in USA and London, you’re next.
People line up outside of the café and enters in batches. Once you enter the shop, the Harry Potter theme plays on the background. It would really make you feel the nostalgia. The 1st floor is where you would have to order your drinks first (mandatory), and it’s also where the Ollivander’s wand shop is, and the Mirror of Erised. Ollivanders is the wand shop where Harry bought his wand and in the café, they had installed a full wall of boxed wands.
Another area is the Mirror of Erised is, which, according to Albus Dumbledore, shows the “deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.” The name “Erised” is “desire” spelled backward as if reflected in a mirror.
The basement is a pub where you can have alcoholic drinks, like in Hogsmeade, a pub in the book.
The 2nd floor is like the Gryffindor common room and has a lot of tables where you can drink your coffee.
There were also bookcases filled with books, candelabras, and I thought I saw Hedwig, Harry Potter’s owl pet. Hey cutie!
I also had to do a broomstick photo, of course.
My friend Dhee (Can be Ron or Hermione) and I both ordered Caramel Macchiato which I believe was about $6 each. I wanted to order butterbeer but it’s not on the menu. It’s okay, I’ll probably get it when I go to Japan’s Universal Studios next year (yasss!).
3rd floor is the Great Hall which they had long wooden tables and chairs resembling that of the movie.
4th floor is the area to try on the robes and take a picture in a Christmas setting. This is where you need to line up for your turn. Each gets about 2-3 minutes to get their photos taken. It’s a little bit awkward to take photos since all the people lined up are looking at you.
There were comfortable beds also where you can drink and read. They provided a setting as if it’s Christmas. For me, Harry Potter is a Christmas movie.
There were 3 robes and 4 scarves available. Of course representing each of the houses: Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Gryffindor.
When the cafe opened back in November 2018, there were only two floors opened and as of January 2019, they have 4 floors completed. And be prepared for crowds especially on a weekend. We went on a weekday and there were still plenty of people in the cafe.
HOW TO GET TO THE KING’S CROSS CAFÉ:
Address: 417 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Ride the Green Line 2 subway and get off at Hongik University exit 9. Walk and go straight for 5 minutes and you will reach a stoplight and you will see the SPAO store that sells the Harry Potter merch. Cross and go straight ahead and turn left on the first road right after passing Brique Hotel (look up, it’s a tall building). You will already see the café from afar right after you turn.
Overall, the Harry Potter Cafe in Hongdae is worth the while especially if you are a fan of Harry Potter.
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