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Harry Potter Cafe Hongdae

Do you like Harry Potter (and cute cafes)? Then make this a Must Visit place if you ever find yourself in Seoul!

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A brand new Harry Potter themed cafe named after the famous train platform opened in Seouls’ trendy district Hongdae that is known for its numerous themed coffee shops. The cafe’s full name is 9 ¾ King’s Cross and it is located just opposite of the popular apparel store Aland. (You can find full directions on how to get there at the bottom of the page.) And trust me, this place is on a whole different level when it comes to themed coffee shop experiences.

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*In Korea 1F / first floor is equivalent to European ground floor*

To be honest, calling this place a cafe is a massive understatement. It is a six (!!!) storey building that is Harry Potter themed from the basement and all the way up to the sixth floor. That makes for SEVEN!! floors fully decorated in style of Harry Potter books and movies and numerous rooms filled with Harry Potter movie soundtrack!!!

At the time of our visit, two weeks from the opening, only Magical Liquid Medicine OR Dessert & Food (1F) and Wizard Cafe (2F) floor have been opened and since then Hog’s Head Pub & Cafe (B1), Banquet Hall (3F) and Wizarding Dormitory (4F) have been opened as well. Floors 5F (Department of Magic) and 6F (Death Wizard Infested Area) are still under construction.

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I dare to say that once all of the floors become accessible to public, this is probably going to be the largest Harry Potter themed cafe in the world. Let me know on my Instagram if I am wrong.

The building is impossible to miss. The front is designed to look like a platform including big 9 ¾ and Kings Cross signs and four house flags representing the Hogwarts houses.

There are a few photo opportunities available outside. First being the entry to the Hog’s Head which was still closed at the time of our visit but I believe it has been opened since.

Of course don’t forget to take a pic in front of the famous “half way through the wall” trolley. (Jumping required;))

Next to the entry there are cute windows designed as the windows of the shops in Diagon Alley.

There is no fee for taking photos outside of the cafe. However, they operate one order per person policy inside the cafe which I think is completely fair.