“Harry Potter” fans, you need to drop everything and make plans to visit a new wizard-themed café which has just opened in New York’s East Village.
Named Steamy Hallows, this coffee shop caters to magical brethren and Muggles alike, and the vibe is totally Hogsmeade.
But don’t let the themed aspect of this coffee shop fool you. Creator of Steamy Hallows, Zach Neil, told Insider that he actually chose to be pretty low-key in the decor and style of his new business venture, which is described as a “witchy goth coffee shop” on its Instagram profile.
The result is a coffee shop that feels totally authentic to Diagon Alley rather than a cartoonish, theme park-style experience. This image from the Steamy Hallows Instagram account captures the warm, cozy “Harry Potter”-esque vibe of the cafe:
Although it’s more subtle than something you might find in a theme park, Steamy Hallows does feature “Harry Potter”-centric decor and a magical menu that will immerse you in the wizarding world.
This includes a delicious-looking latte drink called the Butter Brew Latte, which is a caffeinated take on the famous Butterbeer in the “Harry Potter” series. Its rich flavors of caramel and butterscotch pair perfectly with the coffee and cream, making this a must-order when you visit Steamy Hallows.
They also offer butterbeer cookies if you aren’t a coffee person.
Oh, and did we mention the Butter Brew Latte also comes with a glittery golden foam? Check out the sparkly wonder of this coffee drink in this Instagram post from the shop at @steamyhallows:
You should also consider the Love Potion #9 3/4, which is made with espresso, chocolate mocha syrup, rosewater and raspberry syrup.
Best of all, it is topped with pink glitter.
How beautiful does this “love potion” look?!
Keep in mind, prices here can run high (a Butter Brew Latte is going to set you back $7), but you are also paying for the experience and the talented, lovely staff.
The baristas each belong to a Hogwarts house (Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Slytherin) and happy reviewers say that they really help make the experience entertaining and interactive.
“Stepping into the teeny Steamy Hallows and it’s like crossing the 9 3/4 platform at King’s Cross,” Yelp reviewer Laura C. said. “Aptly decorated, it’s warm, inviting, and enchanting. The two baristas on hand are a whimsical delight, and after ordering a round of butterbeers, I got to cast some spells.”
Check this place out — it’s awesome for fans. How do they do that floating candle thing, anyway?
You can also get fun clothing items at Steamy Hallows, like the shirt in the Instagram photo below, or others that say “Basic Witch.” Other T-shirts and leggings are available online at TeeSpring, including one with an image of an owl.
Better yet, order a Basic Witch off the menu, which is a concoction made of espresso, caramel syrup and your choice of milk topped with sea salt. Yum!
Not in New York? You might still be able to get your Steamy Hallows coffee fix — if you’re close to Kingston, Pennsylvania, that is. The shop recently opened a new location there, inside an oddities store called The Strange and Unusual, which sounds basically perfect.
OK, so who has Harry’s number? We need to meet up and share a Love Potion #9 3/4! Not that we have any ulterior motives, of course.