The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando is all about details. Everything about Universal’s Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are designed to make you feel like you’re muggle days are behind you — from the real smoke puffing out of chimney tops to the tucked away Easter eggs to the bottled Gillywater sold on site.
Just like casting spells and touring Hogwarts, your trip to the Wizarding World isn’t complete until you sample some of its magical fare. These are the 10 best things to eat and drink while visiting Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade in Orlando.
All the Butterbeer
If there’s an unofficially official taste of the Wizarding World, it’s Butterbeer — and Universal does not disappoint. This butterscotch soda was originally created as a drink, but has since been incorporated into other types of treats, too, like ice cream, fudge, and potted cream.
There are at least a half dozen different ways to experience what Butterbeer tastes like, and it’s worth trying them all. Many passionate debates are had about which version is the best, but the three primary ways to drink Butterbeer are:
- Cold Butterbeer: After being featured in the film, the drink was made specially for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks. “Cold” Butterbeer is the original, and the foam on top isn’t just for show. The drink was designed to be sipped from the rim (not through a straw) so that the foam flavor and soda are taken in at the same time.
- Frozen Butterbeer: This frozen blend of the soda and foam is more reminiscent of ice cream than a beverage, and it can be a nice way to cool off in the Orlando heat.
- Hot Butterbeer: For those who like their hot beverages creamy and sweet, hot Butterbeer does the trick. This version is reminiscent of straight-up liquid butterscotch.
Pro tip: Lines to get Butterbeer in Hogsmeade are often shorter inside the Hog’s Head bar than they are in the Three Broomsticks or outside near the refreshment carts. You can’t order an alcoholic Butterbeer there (they’ll refuse), but those over 21 years old can make their own version by ordering a shot and mixing it themselves.
Pumpkin juice might not be all that common in the muggle world, Harry Potter and his magical friends make a lot of references to pumpkin juice in the books and films. Lest you think it’s blended up pumpkin or some other monstrosity, it’s actually a light, refreshing beverage that perhaps would be more aptly named pumpkin-spice juice based on its flavor profile. Regardless, it can be a nice alternative for fans who want to stick to canon while avoiding the hyper-sweet Butterbeer.
Traditional English Breakfast
What better to eat while pretending to be in London than a full English breakfast? This meal is served up with scrambled eggs, sausage, baked beans, potatoes — the whole bit. It’s filling and only available at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley or the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade.
Peachtree Fizzing Tea
You won’t see muggle drinks like Coca-Cola or LaCroix in either of the Wizarding World parks. Like everything else, drinks are strictly on-brand items. But if Butterbeer and pumpkin juice are a little too foreign to be appetizing, Peachtree Fizzing Tea — essentially peach tea with some bubbles thrown in — is a nice compromise.
Egg, Leek, & Mushroom Pasty
Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade are busiest in the middle of the day, so breakfast there can often be a better (read: less crowded) option than lunch. This buttery, flaky pastry — made with scrambled eggs and veggies and served exclusively at the Leaky Cauldron — is remarkably filling without being too heavy, which is great if you plan on partaking in the nausea-inducing Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride soon after.
Another British classic, shepherd’s pie is a mix of savory meats and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes. At Universal, this delicacy is only sold for lunch at the Three Broomsticks, but the Leaky Cauldron offers a cottage pie that’s similar.
Fishy Green Ale
As if there weren’t enough fun beverages to try in the Wizarding World, Fishy Green Ale is a whimsical spin on bubble tea. Far from being fishy, this sweet drink is made using a combination of cinnamon and mint, with blueberry flavored boba at the bottom.
Elixirs with Gilly Water
At Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment in Diagon Alley, you can buy “elixirs” to jazz up a boring bottle of Gillywater. These small vials are filled with concentrated juices that turn ordinary water into brightly colored “potions” you get to mix yourself.
Some foods you eat for the taste; others you eat for the experience. Chocolate frogs are more of the latter. These treats were one of the first bits of magic Harry Potter got to see in the first film, and while you won’t see a real magical frog hop out of the box, they are a fun way to feel immersed in the Wizarding World.
Besides, it’s the cards you want. Just like in the movies, each chocolate frog comes with a trading card of a famous witch or wizard.
There are so many delightful candies to try throughout the park’s various candy shops, that you could easily sustain yourself on them alone. In the Harry Potter books, Fizzing Whizzbees are introduced as sherbet balls that make you float. At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, however, they’re chocolates with fruity Pop Rocks mixed in that create a pleasant sensation in your mouth when you chew them. While not identical to the treats described in the books, they are precisely the kind of thing you’d imagine George and Fred Weasley would cook up in their joke shop.