It goes without saying: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the ultimate destination for Potterheads. While some might opt to give up its theme park design to that of actual Harry Potter film locations, Universal has made Potter fan dreams a reality. From choosing one's wand at Ollivander's to strolling past Gringotts while keeping one eye peeled on that fire-breathing dragon.
However, one of the true treats - literally - of visiting the Wizarding World is getting the chance to try all of its delicious food. It doesn't matter if one is a fan of the novels or the movies; the food featured throughout Harry Potter's exceptional journey includes dishes we'd all happily have on our tables.
Here's a guide to navigating the Wizarding World's most magical foods at Universal.
Finding Breakfast At The Wizarding World
More often than not, those visiting the Wizarding World will be trying to get an early start on the day. This means that if breakfast is skipped in favor of exploring Universal, Potter fans will be left with an empty stomach and a need to fill it. In this case, if the Wizarding World is the first stop, it's far better to arrive sooner than later. Those arriving in the late morning will be met with a line or may need to wait until lunch in order to get into the only place serving breakfast items.
Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley
It should be noted that breakfast is only served at the Leaky Cauldron until 10:30 AM daily. This means that all witches and wizards will want to get an early start, but if they've made it, they have a slew of flavors to start their day with.
On the menu, visitors to the Leaky Cauldron can look forward to these items:
- Traditional Breakfast, $17.99
- American Breakfast, $17.99
- Egg, Leek, & Mushroom Pasty, $17.99
- Pancake Breakfast, $17.99
- Apple Oatmeal Flan w/ Yogurt and Fruit, $17.99
- Kid's Breakfast, $12.99
While visitors to the Leaky Cauldron can expect to drop at least $20 on breakfast, it's worth it to get a taste of an authentic British breakfast or a homestyle American one. The Egg, Leek, & Mushroom Pasty is another great, adventurous option for those seeking something out of the box. To add a little more Harry Potter spice to an already delicious breakfast, patrons can add beverages such as Pumpkin Juice to their order.
Finding Lunch Or Dinner At The Wizarding World
For those seeking a sit-down experience for lunch or dinner at the Wizarding World, there are two main options: back to the Leaky Cauldron, or off to Three Broomsticks. Both of these offer a wide array of options with menus that echo classic British dishes as well as those found in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley
Those who have been here for breakfast already will be familiar, but the lunch/dinner menu offers a whole new slew of options with which to fill one's stomach. Some of the dishes that Potter fans can look forward to are:
- Ploughman's: A classic British-style platter that serves two; includes English cheese, pickles, field green salad, crusty bread, roasted tomatoes, apple beet salad, and scotch eggs.
- Fish & Chips: A classic British meal consisting of fried and battered North Atlantic cod, served with tartar sauce.
- Toad in the Hole: This iconic dish features sausage that's been baked into Yorkshire pudding, topped with onion gravy, minted peas, root vegetables, and roasted tomatoes.
- Banger & Mash: A traditional roasted English sausage served with roasted tomatoes, mashed potatoes, sauteed onions and cabbage, minted peas, and onion gravy.
- Cottage Pie: A simpler version of a shepherd's pie featuring a potato crust, beef, vegetables, and a garden salad.
- Fisherman's Pie: A seafood pie that combines cod, salmon, and shrimp in a potato crust, served with a garden salad.
- Mini Pie combination: A combination of two of the above, in a miniature pie version.
- Beef, Lamb, and Guinness Stew: A hearty meat stew that's served in a bread bowl.
- Scotch Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and pastry, served with apple beet salad and mustard sauce.
- Soup & Salad: A delicious split-pea and ham soup that's served with a garden salad.
Lunch and dinner at Three Broomsticks is similar to the menu served at the Leaky Cauldron, with the exception of dishes such as ribs, rotisserie smoked chicken (both as a dish and a salad), beef pasties, smoked turkey legs, and the mushroom pie platter. Of course, both of these dining options offer the most famed drink in all of Harry Potter: Butterbeer!
Finding Beverages, Snacks, & Sweets At The Wizarding World
Throughout the Wizarding World, there are other food stops that park-goers can make that don't necessitate a sit-down meal. One of those, which is pretty easy to find, is the London Taxi Cart. Here, visitors can grab fast, on-the-go snacks, such as the famed Loaded Jacket Potato.
At the Carkitt Market in Diagon Alley, park-goers can live out their dreams of trying special 'Elixirs.' With an array of colors including green, orange, red, and blue, the Elixir options include: Babbling Beverage, Fire Protection, Elixir to Induce Euphoria, or Draught of Peace. These come in fun test-tube-sized portions and are a quick sweet beverage.
For those seeking adult beverages, Hog's Head in Hogsmeade, Fountain of Fair Fortune, and The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley are the perfect place to enjoy a specially-crafted cocktail. At Hog's Head, park-goers can enjoy a specialty craft beer, as well as a range of others that are on tap.
For those looking to satiate their sweet tooth, non-frozen options include Hogsmeade's Honeydukes or Diagon Alley's Sugarplum's Sweet Shop for candies, fudge, and old-fashioned sweets. Looking for something on a hot summer's day? Head to Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlor in Diagon Alley for a range of ice cream flavors such as the beloved Butterbeer, Earl Grey & Lavender, and Sticky Toffee Pudding.