The Elephant House: in the footsteps of Harry Potter

The Elephant House: in the footsteps of Harry Potter

A restaurant, but also a pub and a world-famous tearoom, this is where JK Rowling wrote the first volume of her saga.

Following the release of the first Harry Potter book in 1997, The Elephant House has become an attraction in itself. For it is in the second room of the establishment that the novelist spent her days writing the novel. And guess what? The windows face... Edinburgh Castle, which most definitely was an inspiration for the Hogwarts universe, with its magicians and evil wizards. Fans now snap selfies in front of the red facade and crowd inside for lunch, dinner, or a cup of coffee.
A relaxed atmosphere and welcoming smile make this café a popular meeting place. The food is Tex-Mex and Italian, but there are also typical dishes such as haggis with mashed potatoes and turnips. Tip: save room for the delicious desserts, best enjoyed in the back room.

The Elephant House
21 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EN

+44 131 220 5355

Menu: around 16 GBP