Harry Potter Inspired Cafes
and Pubs Where You Can
Celebrate 20 Years of Magic
By Kyzia Maramara
Harry Potter is one of the world’s well-loved books and series, its fan base spanning generations and with the continuous movie franchises, it’s beginning to earn fans from kids of the new age too. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication, and as Filipinos who love the series as much as anybody else, where else can we celebrate it but by spending time in themed restaurants and cafes? Since we don’t yet have our very own Wizarding World, this is the next best thing, so Potterheads unite!
The Nook Café
Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Contact: 0915 534 2320
Tuesdays to Sundays 1pm – 10pm
This quaint café along Maginhawa has been quite popular to Filipino Potterheads since it opened some three years ago. Step inside the small space and you’re immediately transported inside the world of Harry Potter. There’s the cupboard under the door, Hogwarts robes, Harry Potter books, a complete set of wands, and even the legendary Nimbus 2000!
The Nook Café is a cozy place: their menu includes Butter Beer which is perfect when paired with their Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Cheese Potato Wedges. Tip: get there early because the place is quite small and the line is always long!
Wizardry Cup Café
2F NGC Plaza J. P. Laurel (Ayala) Highway, Batangas
Contact: (043) 724 5938
Mondays to Sundays 7am to 12am
We might be deprived of Harry Potter theme parks but that won’t stop us from creating a Harry Potter world of our own! Wizardry Cup Café in Batangas only requires dedication, time, and a working vehicle to get there. Inside the café’s wide space, fans can try calling from the phone booth like visitors to the Ministry of Magic, riding a broom to play Quidditch, entering Platform 9 3/4, and taking a photo with the various Harry Potter backgrounds.
The Witches Brew Diners
Ground Floor, Noah’s Place, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes Paranaque
Contact: 0923 169 7711
Mondays to Sundays 10am – 10pm
The Witches Brew Diner is a restaurant gem located in the south conceptualized by avid Harry Potter fans. The first branch in Sucat was a Game of Thrones and Harry Potter themed bistro, the first and only in the Philippines. It included elements such as Harry Potter wands, Butter Beer, and Game of Thrones’ famous Iron Throne.
The second one in BF Homes which only opened to the public early this year is entirely House of Gryffindor themed. Self-proclaimed Slytherins will be ashamed to even enter! The Diner serves full all-day breakfasts, salads, burgers, pastas, and of course delectable desserts.
Trapdoor Tasting Room
22nd & Lacson Street, Bacolod City
Contact: 0949 113 3719
Mondays to Sundays 5pm – 1am
Although not entirely Harry Potter themed, the Trapdoor Tasting Room is every bit just as magical. It might even feel like a modern day Hogsmeade to you! The magic and adventure starts at the door – literally. In order to get inside, you’d have to find a blank slab of concrete with an ace of spade handle, pull it open, and ta-da!
The Trapdoor Tasting Room is one of the first magic-themed pubs in the Philippines. In one corner are photos of magicians hung on a wall and framed with velvet curtains, another corner is a bookshelf with one shelf trickily leading to the restroom, the waiters can also perform magic tricks to entertain guests. If that isn’t enough to invite you over, maybe their excellent glasses of craft beer would?