Limited-time “Harry Potter Cafe” opens in Akasaka, Tokyo!
On June 16, 2022, the “Harry Potter Cafe,” themed after the renowned magical world of Harry Potter, opened in Tokyo’s Akasaka area. Headed to the grand opening on July 8 are two Harry Potter fans who have avidly read the novels for over 20 years and even visited the film locations in England!
Do you need reservations?The cafe will be reservation-only until July 31. Check the official website for business hours, holidays, and reservations.
Take in the interior decor showcasing the world of Harry Potter!
Just outside the 3a or 3b exits of Tokyo Metro Akasaka Station is a red wall that looks to be straight out of the series. The Harry Potter Cafe is on the first floor of the Akasaka Biz Tower. Let’s head inside!
The moment you open the door, an entire space inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter spreads out before you. The wall art and decor recall the dorms and buildings that appear in the series, which are sure to excite the fans.
The focal point is the 3.5-meter-long wand of Harry Potter! It makes for an excellent photo spot.
(Please be considerate of other customers when taking photographs)
An Instagrammable food menu
Next, we’ll introduce the unique food, desserts, and drinks you won’t find anywhere else. From over 20 items on the menu, we started off with the following two selections.
The stew features vibrant vegetables against a bright red Gryffindor-inspired plate. The beef, simmered in beer, is tender enough to fall apart in your mouth. The best way to enjoy it is by breaking the pie crust into the stew. (1,650 yen/tax included)
The gooey cheese in this sandwich will spark your appetite. Each house offers different ingredients, with the Slytherin plate containing sauteed salmon, spinach, and white sauce that go perfectly with the cheese. The pumpkin soup is mildly sweet. (1,760 yen/tax included)
There are many other menu items that let you experience the world of Harry Potter, making the cafe a go-to spot for lunch or dinner.
Don’t miss the cute desserts!Even more photogenic are the desserts! First, we have the “Hedwig Cake” inspired by the owl Hedwig (1,540 yen/tax included). Whipped cream cake with vanilla ice cream and strawberry forms the owl, with tiramisu for the tree branch.
The sight of the owl holding a white chocolate envelope in her beak only adds to the charm!
Another item on the menu is the “Eton Mess Goblet” (1,430 yen/tax included). With merengue, heavy cream, cassis sherbet, and chocolate sponge, this dessert has quite the volume! This frozen dessert is best eaten by mixing the delicious cream with the sweet strawberries inside. Its size also makes it ideal for sharing.
Magical non-alcoholic cocktailsFinally, our drink recommendations! All the cocktails offered at the cafe are bewitched by a spell. They are also non-alcoholic, making them enjoyable for everyone. Our first recommendation is the lychee-flavored “EXPECTO PATRONUM” (1,320 yen/tax included).
This cocktail is named after the famous Patronus Charm from the series. Pop the white dome and watch the white smoke spread! Fans will love this little trick.
These are “HERBIVICUS” (left) and “STUPEFY” (right, 1,320 yen each/tax included). HERBIVICUS is named after a charm that spurs the rapid growth of plants and contains fruits, mint, and other herbs. The base of this drink is tea, which gives it a refreshing flavor. Inspired by the Stunning Spell, STUPEFY instead delivers a spicy flavor. Fans will love finding all the familiar names.
Don’t forget the merch!
In addition to eating in, you can also buy original scones and takeout drinks served in special bottles. You can also purchase limited-edition merchandise inside the store. From original plates (2,750 yen each/tax included) to spoons (660 yen/tax included), many of the items can be used daily.
The Akasaka area will also be adorned with ornaments that bring out the magical world of Harry Potter. Why not enjoy a walk through the city to accompany your trip to the cafe?
WIZARDING WORLD characters, names, and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22)
※The information herein is as of June 2022.
I am Ayumi from Chiba Prefecture. I love sweets. I majored in Japanese history in my university. I have visited many historic sites from the ancient days to the modern days on my trips. I have visited about 100 castles of various sizes. I am also obsessed with visiting “anime pilgrimage sites,” the locations featured in popular anime and manga.