For anyone who has ever read one of the Harry Potter books or watched the movies, one of the best parts of this magical series is the incredible world-building by J.K. Rowling, including the many delicious foods and beverages that Harry encounters throughout his journey. So, it’s no surprise that the Universal Orlando culinary team worked some wizardry when developing the food items available at Harry Potter World.
Today, wannabe witches and wizards can try all sorts of tasty bites and beverages when exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Food on offer runs the gamut from classic British dishes to enchanting sweets and treats inspired by those available in wizarding world mainstays like Honeydukes in Hogsmeade Village, Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley or the snack trolley on the Hogwarts Express. And, of course, don’t forget all the Butterbeer!
Of course, with so many different delicacies on offer, it can be tricky to decide which are worth the calories on your next Universal Orlando vacation. Luckily, we’re here to help! So, if you’re curious about the best food at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, keep reading as we dive into the top dishes and drinks available in this bewitching part of the Universal Orlando Resort.
Can’t-Miss Harry Potter World Foods for Muggles
As any Harry Potter fan visiting Universal Orlando‘s Wizarding World can attest, the many yummy food and beverage offerings are almost as much of an attraction as the Harry Potter rides themselves. After all, who hasn’t watched the movies or read the books and dreamed about what Butterbeer or Pumpkin Juice tastes like? Luckily, thanks to the thoughtfully designed spread of Harry Potter food and drink items at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you can finally experience them all for yourself.
As you step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, your senses are overwhelmed by the enchanting atmosphere, which features sights, sounds and, of course, tastes ripped directly from the Harry Potter books. From Pumpkin Juice and seemingly endless iterations of Butterbeer (Ice cream! Fudge! Potted cream! Cold, hot or frozen!) to traditional British fare like Toad in the Hole, Cottage Pie and Fish & Chips, there’s something that is sure to satisfy aspiring Hogwarts students of all ages. Let’s dig in!
All Things Butterbeer: The Official Flavor of Harry Potter World
From the moment you step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, one magical concoction immediately comes to mind: Butterbeer. Although this decadent non-alcoholic drink has been charming witches and wizards in the wizarding world for years, muggles were finally able to try a taste when it first made its debut at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010. Since then, it has become synonymous with the Universal Orlando theme park experience.
The drink itself is available, hot, cold or frozen (the cold Butterbeer is my personal favorite) and features a sweet, cream soda-like taste topped with a rich butterscotch foam – perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot Orlando day while exploring Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade Village. The flavor is so beloved that it’s even available in soft-serve ice cream, fudge and potted cream forms.
No trip to Harry Potter World would be complete without sipping on a frothy cup of Butterbeer. Fusing decadent butterscotch with a crown of sweet, velvety foam, this non-alcoholic beverage will transport your taste buds straight to Hogsmeade. Along with the classic cold version, both Hot Butterbeer and Frozen Butterbeer are also available. However, Hot Butterbeer is often only available during the colder months, so don’t be surprised if it isn’t available during your summer Universal Studios trip.
Butterbeer beverages are available at many locations around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including The Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and the Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios Florida, the Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade and outdoor carts scattered across both sides of Harry Potter World.
Butterbeer Ice Cream
Could there be a better use for Butterbeer flavor than dreamy ice cream? We think not. This cooling treat swirls the taste of butterscotch and shortbread into creamy soft-serve. Like the drink itself, Butterbeer Ice Cream is available throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks.
For those who love all things sweet, Butterbeer Fudge is an irresistible confectionery treat. Layering the flavors of butterscotch and shortbread, this wizarding world-inspired fudge is available at both Honeydukes in Hogsmeade and Sugarplums Sweet Shop in Diagon Alley.
Butterbeer Potted Cream
Another delightful option for dessert lovers is Butterbeer Potted Cream. Served in an adorable little jar, this creamy, custard-like dessert topped with a layer of sweet-meets-salty butterscotch sauce offers yet another way to enjoy your favorite Harry Potter flavor. Find it exclusively at the Leaky Cauldron and Three Broomsticks.
Traditional British Classics: More Than Just Fish & Chips
Whether having a meal at the Three Broomsticks or Leaky Cauldron alongside Ron and Hermione or Hagrid or feasting on a bewitching spread in the Great Hall of Hogwarts Castle, The Boy Who Lived dines on all sorts of classic British delicacies throughout the Harry Potter movies and books. So, if you’re a fan of hearty, comforting food as well as Harry Potter, it’s only right that you do the same while exploring the Wizarding World for yourself. Definitive English eats to try during your visit include:
Traditional English Breakfast
Brits love a savory start to their day, and guests visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter can do the same by enjoying a Traditional English Breakfast. Known across the pond as a Full English Breakfast, this morning meal features all the typical favorites, including scrambled eggs, sausage, baked beans, English bacon, grilled tomato, breakfast potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and black pudding, which is actually a blood sausage (don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it). The Traditional English Breakfast is available at both the Leaky Cauldron and Three Broomsticks.
Bangers & Mash
A hearty meal for hungry wizards, this classic British dish features juicy sausages (bangers) served atop creamy mashed potatoes and savory onion gravy and is accompanied by traditional sides like minted peas and roasted tomatoes—perfect for refueling after casting spells all morning. Bangers & Mash is only available at our personal favorite Harry Potter-themed restaurant, the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley.
If you’re looking for something to tuck into on the go, look no further than Beef Pasties. With a flaky crust and a savory filling of spiced beef, it’s a classic accompaniment to a refreshing beer and the perfect choice to nosh on as you explore the magical world around you. Beef Pasties are exclusive to The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley and the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade.
Fish & Chips
No meal is more quintessentially English than Fish & Chips. Beer battered and golden fried to crispy perfection, it’s hard to believe that these tender, flaky strips of cod are being served in the middle of a theme park. Make like a Brit, and be sure to use the accompanying lemon wedge and malt vinegar to add just the right amount of zip to both your fish and fries (AKA the “chips”). This iconic combination is on offer at both the Three Broomsticks and Leaky Cauldron.
For those craving something cozy, you’ll definitely want to try one of the iterations of savory pies. Blending together hearty vegetables and meat, typically lamb and/or beef, with a crown of mashed potatoes and served warm, this is comfort food at its finest. As you can probably tell from the name, Shepherd’s Pie, on offer at the Three Broomsticks, typically features seasoned lamb, while Cottage Pie, available at the Leaky Cauldron, uses ground beef. Also at the Leaky Cauldron is a seafood-based Fisherman’s Pie, which is made with salmon, cod and shrimp. For all the plant-based eaters out there, a Mushroom Pie made with stewed jackfruit is available at the Three Broomsticks, while the handheld vegan Shepherd’s Pasty Pie is stuffed with meatless beef crumbles and served at the Leaky Cauldron.
Another pub food favorite to track down in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the humble Scotch Egg. Featuring hard-boiled eggs swathed in sausage and breadcrumbs and then fried, it’s the ideal main course for a filling lunch. Scotch Eggs are only on offer at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley.
Toad in the Hole
Many British foods have been blessed with decidedly weird names, like spotted dick, a steamed pudding studded with dried fruit, and bubble and squeak, which consists of pan-fried vegetables and potatoes. Another such dish is Toad in the Hole. Featuring a scrumptious combination of sausages baked into puffy Yorkshire pudding (AKA popovers), this homey meal is sure to satisfy. Sure, it may sound strange, but trust us. It’s delicious. Toad in the Hole is exclusive to the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley.
Available only at the Leaky Cauldron, think of the Ploughman’s Platter as a cheese plate with a thoroughly British twist. This snack-y spread serves two and comes with crusty bread, apple beet salad, scotch eggs, cornichon pickles, field greens, roasted tomatoes and, of course, yummy English cheese.
Made with slow-cooked beef, lamb and a dark stout beer, Guinness Stew is perfect for those looking to warm up on chilly days. The cozy concoction is spooned into a yummy bowl that is ideal for ripping off pieces to dip into the rich, savory sauce. Guinness Stew is available at the Leaky Cauldron.
The Great Feast
Sort of like a theme-park spin on Britain’s classic Sunday roast, which traditionally features roasted meats with various veggies, The Great Feast at the Three Broomsticks features a smorgasbord of filling dishes like spareribs, rotisserie-smoked chicken, roast potatoes and corn on the cob. Served as a platter for four, this is arguably the best food option for families.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
A quintessential British dessert, Sticky Toffee Pudding takes a moist sponge cake made from chopped dates and douses it in an indulgent toffee sauce. Like much of the other traditional English fare on our list, Sticky Toffee Pudding is only available at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. However, you’ll also find it in ice cream form at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour (more on that in a bit).
Wizarding World Sweets & Treats: Decadent Desserts from the Series
If you have a sweet tooth, then The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is your personal paradise. Offering a slew of iconic treats mentioned in the books and films, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to these classic candy options and must-have desserts, there are plenty more treats waiting for you at Harry Potter World. So, go ahead and indulge your inner wizard while exploring this enchanting realm. After all, calories don’t count when they’re made with magic. Unless otherwise noted, these bewitching sweets are available at either Honeydukes in Hogsmeade Village or Sugarplums Sweet Shop in Diagon Alley.
If you’re looking for a quick bite while wandering through the magical streets of the Wizarding World, look no further than Pumpkin Pasties. A favorite treat among Hogwarts students, these delightful spiced pumpkin-filled pastries are reminiscent of a traditional pie. However, instead of crust, they’re wrapped with flaky layers of pastry, making them an ideal sweet to snack on as you explore.
Arguably the most iconic candy from the series, Chocolate Frogs are a must-buy when visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. These sold milk-chocolate amphibians come in a delightfully designed box, complete with a collectible wizard trading card—just like in the books and movies.
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans
Do you dare to try these infamous jelly beans? With flavors ranging from delightful (marshmallow) to downright disgusting (earwax), it’s always an adventure when snacking on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.
Feeling mischievous? Head over to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and grab one of the Weasley twins’ Skiving Snackboxes. Just like in the books, a variety of options are available, including Fever Fudge, Fainting Fancies, Puking Pastilles and Nosebleed Nougat. Sadly, unlike those made directly by Fred and George, you can’t use these sweets to skip out on class.
Ice Cream from Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
Last but certainly not least, no trip to Diagon Allery would be complete without stopping by Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. Located across from Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, it’s the perfect spot to cool off on a hot day. Just like in the books, this ice creamery offers all sorts of interesting flavors, including Butterbeer, Chocolate Chili, Chocolate & Raspberry (the kind that Hagrid gave to Harry on his first visit to Diagon Alley), and Harry’s personal favorite, Strawberry and Peanut-Butter. Top it all off with a swirl of whipped cream for the ultimate indulgence. The complete list of flavors available includes:
Soft-Serve Ice Cream
Granny Smith Green Apple
Strawberries & Cream
Hard-Pack Ice Cream
Strawberry and Peanut-Butter
Chocolate and Raspberry
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Earl Grey & Lavender
Salted Caramel Blondie
Harry Potter Brews & Potions: Mocktails, Beer & More
Central Florida can get hot, hot, hot, and there’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing drink. Whether you’re traveling as a family with kids or with a group of adults, you’ll find a bewitching beverage for every witch or wizard in your party, from whimsical mocktails to enchanting craft brews.
This is another one for all the pumpkin pie fans out there. Think of Pumpkin Juice as a bottled version of the autumn classic. Made with pumpkin, apple and apricot flavors and a sprinkle of warming spices, this absolutely delicious beverage tastes like fall. Pumpkin Juice is available on tap at the Hog’s Head and Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade and the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley.
Fishy Green Ale
If you’re feeling adventurous, head over to either The Hopping Pot or The Fountain of Fair Fortune in Diagon Alley for a cup of Fishy Green Ale. Confusingly named, this non-alcoholic beverage is a curious blend of mint and cinnamon flavors with blueberry “fish eggs” (AKA boba pearls) layered on the bottom. This peculiar brew has quite a cult following, so be sure to check it out.
Tongue Tying Lemon Squash
For the uninitiated, squash is a flavored syrup that Brits are quite fond of and use to craft their own sodas at home. Available at The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot, this tart and tangy lemonade-like beverage will leave your taste buds dancing.
Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice
Served at both The Hopping Pot and The Fountain of Fair Fortune, Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice adds carbonation and a dash of cinnamon and sugar to create a palate-pleasing thirst-quencher with a touch of magic.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter Beers
For those who prefer something with a bit more kick, The Hopping Pot at Universal Studios Florida and Hog’s Head at Universal’s Islands of Adventure offer an array of exclusive beers crafted just for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Each has its own distinct flavor profile that is sure to enchant even the most discerning beer connoisseur.
Dragon Scale – A smooth Vienna lager with notes of caramel, hops and toasted malt
Wizard’s Brew – A sweet milk stout boasting rich flavors of chocolate and coffee
Hog’s Head Brew – A Scottish ale offering hints of barley and sweet toffee
Well, Wizarding World foodies, that concludes our guide to the best food at Harry Potter World. What are your favorite Wizarding World dishes at Universal Orlando? Let us know in the comments! Then, learn how you can score some cheap Universal theme park tickets at a discount.