Fantastic Beasts: Eats and Treats
If you are looking for a little more magic after the recent release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Tokyo has you covered.
There are several places around the city hopping on the Wizarding World train (or rather, the express!), first and foremost being the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Wizarding World Cafe (Japanese).
Located in Shinjuku, the theming is a very well done, and the prices are reasonable. The queue can be quite long, but it is worth the wait. Every bit of wall is covered in posters and images, a life size statue of Newt greets the patrons, and the food is reasonably priced and delicious.
The desserts are where the magic is at – literally in this case. The stack of choux cream puffs come with a chibi version of Dumbledore, and once you cast Lumos on them, they light up and smoke pours out. With a little help from the waiter.
Newt’s pancakes have similar magical properties, with disappearing cotton candy.
Every drink that you order gets you one of 12 coasters. They’re random, so you might have to buy a few drinks to get the one you really want.
You get 60 minutes in the cafe, which you only have to line up for. Entering through the shop adds to the anticipation, as you see all the goods you can indulge in later on.
There is another cafe in Fukuoka too, for those a little too far out of Tokyo. Cafe info at the end of the article.
Next stop on the Wizarding Tour: Toysapiens Wizarding World Market in Harajuku. Perfect for buying Potter related gifts of all kinds, this store has a wonderful mix of merchandise and memorabilia. From hundreds of variety of Funko Pop toys, to models and notebooks.
You can also get up close and personal with some of the beasts from the films: Nifflers, the Occamy, the Zouwu, and even the Mooncalves (which are adorable in person). If you go in costume the staff might even want pictures of you, and you’ll definitely want to try out the “Harry Potter and Me” giant Funko Pop.
If you spend over 10,000 yen in store, you also get a free Niffler keychain.
Wizarding World Cafe Tokyo / 魔法ワールドCAFE 東京
Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Nishi Shinjuku 1-1-3, Odakyu Shinjuku Mylord 5F (東京都新宿区西新宿1-1-3 小田急新宿ミロード5F)
Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Until Jan 31, 2019)
Wizarding World Cafe Fukuoka / 魔法ワールドCAFE 福岡
Address: Fukuoka, Fukuoka-shi, Hataka-ku, Sumiyoshi 1-2-22 Canal City 5F (福岡県福岡市博多区住吉1-2-22 キャナルシティ博多5F)
Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Until Jan 31, 2019)
Wizarding World Market Information:
Hot Toys Tokyo Flagship Store “Toysapiens” / ホットトイズ東京フラッグシップ・ストア「トイサピエンス」
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae, 3-30-12, G Building 1F (東京都渋谷区神宮前3-30-12 Gビル1F)
Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Until Dec 1, 2018)
Have you checked either of these out? What did you think?