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‘Potter’ along to Perak in Malaysia and you’ll discover a (unofficial) Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh called Platform 9 ½ (we guess Platform 9 ¾ is a bit close to the real thing!).
Located along the famous Concubine Lane, Ipoh’s Harry Potter Cafe is a magical place with lots of theming and interiors – that said, Platf9rm 9 ½ is very loosely based on Harry Potter so JK Rowling’s lawyers need not worry.
From coffee to cakes, costume hire to the themed courtyard, here is our guide to the Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh, known as Platform 9 ½ (or Plaf9rm 9 ½).
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Where Is the Harry Potter Cafe located in Ipoh?
Platform 9 ½ is very easy to find – it is located along the historic and tourist-centric Concubine Lane, which has existed since the early 1900s.
The Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh occupies two buildings and a courtyard and can be found at the eastern end of Concubine Lane near Jalan Bijeh Timah street and Baby Coco cafe.
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Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh theming
A little bit of Britain in Ipoh, the theming in Platform 9 ½ is really pretty – as you walk in, you are greeted by a cafe bar themed like a railway train and lots of vintage signs and memorabilia.
On the stairs, you can also strike a pose with a recreation of a the Harry Potter luggage trolley (similar to one you can visit at King’s Cross in London).
However, sadly the trolley isn’t disappearing into the brick wall like it does in the Harry Potter movies. To be honest, it is more supermarket trolley than luggage cart; but hey, it still makes a cute photo point or selfie spot.
To mention that when you first enter Ipoh’s Harry Potter Cafe, you must buy a drink at the counter downstairs (minimum one drink per person) before venturing upstairs.
Once you’ve got your drink, head upstairs to find a huge seating area complete with red brick walls and air-conditioning (a blessing when it is searing heat or stupidly hot ourside).
There are a couple of Harry Potter style clock photo points on the first floor, plus a photo wall (which also oddly includes a picture of Princess Diana and the Mona Lisa – very curious!).
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Platform 9 ½ courtyard theming
Perhaps the best spot to pose for photos and enjoy your coffee at the Harry Potter Cafe is the themed courtyard, which is next door to the cafe and recreates an English style cobbled street complete with bookshops and other British building frontages – kinda cute.
There is also a rainbow staircase to pose on plus a balcony with seating that looks out over the courtyard and Concubine Lane below.
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Another quirky thing you can try at the Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh is costume hire. For just 10 MYR, you can rent a Harry Potter style scarf or a witches costume complete with broom stick and magical wand.
To rent a costume, just pay 10 MYR at the front counter and then pick up your Harry Potter outfit.
Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh menu and prices
You’d expect the Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh (Platform 9 ½) to be one of the most expensive cafes but it is very reasonable and much cheaper than the likes of nearby Ipoh cafes such as Chloe Cafe.
Also, whereas you have to pay 10% service + 6% SST in Chloe Cafe, here at Platf9rm 9 ½, all the prices already include service and tax – so the price you see is the price you pay. Nice – Harry Potter would approve!
The drink prices and menu at Ipoh’s Harry Potter Cafe start from 8 MYR (£1.40 / $1.70 USD / 1.60 Euros) for a hot Long Black coffee up to 14.90 MYR for a caramel cracker coffee frappe.
Other non coffee drinks available at Platform 9 ½ include chocolate floats for 13 MYR, strawberry lemonade slushies for 13 MYR or Japanese Matcha Frappes for 14.90 MYR
If you are a tea lover, the Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh has an extensive tea menu which includes unlimited refills – flavours include Morrocan mint, Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Summer Blossom; tea-riffic stuff!
And before you ask, there is alas no Goblet of Fire drink; a missed opportunity methinks. However you can get a Phoenix Cold Brew or Butter Cream soda float! So a nice drink range for Harry Potter fans and frappe lovers.
We also think (but aren’t sure) that the latte we got served at Platf9rm 9 ½ had Hedwig the owl on top – but the lid messed it up a little so it could just be something else.
Please note all prices at the Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh are correct as of December 2023.
Harry Potter Cafe Ipoh food menu
The food menu at Platform 9½ consists of sweet treats and desserts which change on a daily basis.
All the cakes at Platf9rm½ cost 16 MYR and on the day we visited, there was a choice of 8 cakes including almond tiramisu, grape and kiwi pandan cake, strawberry and mango cake and Lotus Biscoff cake – alas there was no ‘Half-blood’ orange cake.
If you are looking for a full on meal or savoury snack, you might need to head a few doors down to Laska Mania, also on Concubine Lane.
Visiting the Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh – is it worth it?
We found the Platf9rm 9 ½ cafe a fun experience overall (and we aren’t really fans of Harry Potter either) – the prices at Ipoh’s Harry Potter Cafe are reasonable compared to other cafes targeting tourists and the quality of drinks was good.
If you are a hardcore Harry Potter fan, you could argue the theming isn’t 100% accurate but if you just want a nice place to enjoy a coffee out of the sun or ice-cold drink to cool off, Platform 9 ½ is a prime place in the heart of the main Ipoh tourist area.
Also if you head upstairs, you can enjoy a coffee with a bird’s eye view of the hustle and bustle of Concubine Lane.
Harry Potter Cafe Ipoh Platform 9 ½ opening times
Platf9rm 9 ½ Harry Potter Cafe in Ipoh is open daily from 11am weekdays (and from 10.30am on weekends and public holidays) until 6:30pm.
Harry Potter Cafe Ipoh Platform 9 ½ address
22 Panglima Lane, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
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