943 King’s Cross, the popular Harry Potter cafe in Seoul, serves dragon legs and the pink birthday cake from Hagrid! Check their availability here.
- 943 King’s Cross Cafe delights visitors with props, costumes, and food that are inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
- The must-try menu item here is the Dragon’s Leg, which is pretty much what wizards and witches eat at the Great Feast!
- You can also get the 943 Set, which comes with jelly beans, sweets, and a drink that’s topped with the Sorting Hat. Enjoy 20% off when you book the set here!
- 943 King’s Cross is located in Hongdae. You can check out the customer reviews for this Harry Potter cafe in Seoul here.
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943 King’s Cross Cafe remains open. Eat-in customers will have to log their name and contact details.
7 Things to Love About the Harry Potter Cafe in Seoul
It’s not a full-blown Wizarding World attraction like Universal Orlando or Universal Studios Japan, but 943 King’s Cross Cafe in Hongdae still offers a magical experience. As a Potterhead myself, I appreciate the concept and design of the place. From the iconic brooms and the Ollivanders-themed entrance, to the mini-Great Hall and the cozy dining areas that feel like the Gryffindor Common Room, this Harry Potter cafe in Seoul definitely did a fantastic job. There are some decors that seem more like fillers, but overall — and this includes the food and drinks! — I think the trio and their families would enjoy this place.
If you’re planning to check out this famous spot in Hongdae soon, you can get their menu, address, and hours here. Below you will find some of the things that you can expect when you visit:
1. A wizard-worthy welcome
Despite being curious about what awaits me inside 943 King’s Cross, I couldn’t help but linger at the cafe’s facade on my first visit. Seeing the Broom Parking on one corner and hearing the film’s OST that was blasted by the speakers, it made me feel like I was home.
But before this guide gets too corny, let’s talk more about the Broom Parking. This is, without a doubt, the cafe’s most famous photo zone — and for good reason. Here you can experience riding a Quidditch broomstick, so make sure to visit this ‘parking lot’ before you enter the cafe.
When you’re done taking photos of and with the broom, make your way inside the building. The first thing that you’ll see when you visit this Harry Potter cafe in Seoul are wall shelves filled with wand boxes. Yes, just like in Ollivander’s! I really like the idea of having this by the entrance because, after all, a student’s journey at Hogwarts begins at a wand shop like Ollivander’s.
2. Selection of cakes
943 King’s Cross is first and foremost a cafe — and a bloody great one at that! It’s not clear whether they employ houselves or stole Hagrid’s pink birthday cake recipe, but one thing’s for sure: their sweets taste as good as they look.
(The pink birthday cake here is the most expensive, but it’s good enough for 4 people. If I remember correctly, it’s ₩20,000 or $17 for the whole cake, give or take. It was not as light and fluffy to my liking, but the flavor was spot on.)
3. Wizard drinks
If you’re looking for refreshing drinks, I recommend the Wizard’s Chocolate or the Wizard’s Green Tea. Of all the drinks they serve here, I think these two beverages are the best. Aside from the taste, the presentation is outstanding — just look at the Sorting Hat! If you want to give the choco or matcha drink a try, then get the 943 Set that comes with desserts and jellybeans. The set costs ₩19,500 or $16.3 regularly, but you can book here to get it a discounted price of ₩15,600 or $13.4!
Other drinks served here are Cold Brew (₩8,000 or $6.7), Americano (₩7,500 or $6.2), Earl Grey Tea (₩7,500 or $6.2), Chamomile (₩7,500 or $6.2), and Black Nougat Latte (₩8,800 or $7.4), just to name a few.
Of course, this Harry Potter cafe in Seoul will not be legit if they don’t serve a Butterbeer-like drink, which they call Wizard Beer (₩9,500 or $8). From my experience, I’ll say it lacked the butterscotch flavor (I got the Original), so I wouldn’t recommend it to those who’ve tasted the Butterbeer from Universal. However, if you want to get a taste, then you can choose between Sweet (Non-alcoholic) and Original (Alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
Pro-tip! If you want to get the Wizard’s Chocolate or the Wizard’s Green Tea AND another alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, get the Wizard Set. Aside from the two drinks, it’ll come with two cake slices as well. When purchased at 943 King’s Cross, the Wizard Set will set you back ₩32,000 or $27, but you can book it on WAUG here for just ₩25,600 or $21.4!
4. Hogwarts Feast-inspired food
I don’t have anything funny to tweet this morning so here’s Ron Weasley eating chicken pic.twitter.com/HiPaXHsJDF— connor (@connor_uncool) January 13, 2020
Those of us who’ve seen the Harry Potter films know how wizards enjoy their start-of-term feast. The food looks delicious, and I bet many of us have wondered what it’s like to be in Ron Weasley’s shoes. But, hey! If you want to experience a Hogwarts-inspired meal yourself, you need not be a wizard or witch. Just come on over to 943 King’s Cross in Hongdae and order their Best Set. It comes with a humungous protein leg (I’m not quite sure what it is!), chips, salad, and two drinks of your choice (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
This Harry Potter cafe in Seoul sells this appetizing feast tray for ₩54,000 or $45, but you can book it below for just ₩43,200 or $36!
5. Floors of fun
943 King’s Cross is a multi-storey cafe that offers various experiences on each floor. I’ll leave out the themes offered in each, but you can look forward to cozy and intimate spaces that feel like the Gryffindor common room.
Oh, the walls here are filled with interesting portraits (though inanimate), quotes, and paraphernalia, so make sure to check ’em out as well!
6. House Uniforms
This Harry Potter cafe in Seoul also has Hogwarts uniforms that you can put on for the perfect wizard snap. Whether you’ve sorted yourself into Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, you’ll find a wardrobe that fits!
Of course, if you have no clue as to which house you belong to, you can just put on the Sorting Hat. Hopefully it tells you where to go!
7. Wide and quirky spaces
If you’re in Korea right now or have been before, you probably know how cafes are ubiquitous in Seoul. Stripped down of all Harry Potter decors, I still think 943 King’s Cross is a must-visit coffee shop. There are many tables (and ‘dining’ beds!) that you can occupy here, so whether you’re coming alone, with a date, or as a group, you’ll definitely enjoy your time.
How to Book the Harry Potter Cafe in Seoul
WAUG offers discounts on 943 King’s Cross cafe’s bestselling sets. As you may have realized, the menu items are quite expensive, but they’re going to be worth it. To lessen the cost, I suggest booking on WAUG. Here are the steps if you’re unfamiliar:
- Log in or sign up for an account here. (New users get a discount coupon!)
- Proceed to 943 King’s Cross booking page here and select your set, i.e. 943, Wizard, or Best.
- Choose the date of your visit and provide the other information.
- Check out using your Visa, Mastercard, or AMEX.*
- Wait for your voucher.
*Is your method-of-payment issued in South Korea? You can switch the page’s currency to KRW so you can see the other local payment options, like phone payment!
Address & Hours
The Harry Potter cafe in Seoul is located in Hongdae at 24, Yanghwa-ro 16-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. They are open from 11:30am-10:30pm on weekdays and 9:30am-10:30pm on weekends.