Harry Potter Cafe

There is a Harry Potter themed cafe in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Imagine you’re going to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a country in Central Asia that’s still quite the hidden gem, and you’re looking for a nice cafe to eat at and drink a cup of coffee. You’re looking for something different, perhaps not your typical cafe. All of sudden you come across something – Pottermania? What’s that? Why, it’s a Harry Potter themed cafe. In Tashkent, of all places in the world.

When I heard about it, I immediately knew I had to go there. I’ve always been a huge Harry Potter fan but never had the chance to visit Harry Potter World in London for example. So when I found out about this cafe, I hurried up to get there the minute I got to Tashkent and I have to say – I was impressed.

The cafe is centrally located in Tashkent and it’s not hard to find. You’ll see the signs saying “Pottermania” with the iconic scar Harry has on his forehead. But this cafe isn’t your ordinary cafe though (if you haven’t figured yet). Instead of sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine or even the sunlight, you’ll have to go underground to access the cafe. It’s dark, it’s decorated with all things Harry Potter and it’s wonderful. Imagine walking into a cafe where you can drink butterbeer! YES! Butterbeer! The entire menu has names named after a Harry Potter character, potion, or anything related to Harry Potter. If you’re a vegetarian and struggling in Tashkent, come here! There were surprisingly a lot of choices here.

Besides eating and drinking potions, you can also dress up. They have the cloaks, the wands and the hats, all so you can get the perfect picture. By the entrance of the cafe, you can also take a photo of you running to platform 9 ¾. I was a very happy kid.

The butterbeer tastes a bit like caramel coke float, if that makes sense? For lunch I ate a salad, which was quite good. The prices are fair too, like everywhere in Uzbekistan, and it was nice to get a break from the scorching sun outside. There weren’t many guests when we were there, which was perfect, because you could goof around and take as many nerdy photos you wanted. The staff speaks English too and will gladly help you with anything you need.

So next time you’re in Tashkent or you’re going there for the first time, make sure to make a pit stop at this Harry Potter themed cafe. It’s absolutely lovely and it’s even better that it’s in Uzbekistan, not exactly the first place you’d expect to bump into a Harry Potter themed cafe.

Staying in a Hostel

How to behave in a hostel

If you’ve traveled for a longer time and stayed in a few hostels around the world, it’s likely that you’ve come across all kinds of people. Some are more respectful and others. But when you’re going to live with others in the same hostel and same room, you got to know how to behave. If you’re a first time traveler and going to a hostel, or you’re just curious, read on to see how to behave in a hostel.

First of all, respect people who are trying to sleep

The worst thing is the people who have zero respect for the ones who are trying to sleep and start making a bunch of noises, turns on the lights for a longer time, slams doors, etc. You wouldn’t want anyone else doing this to you so why are you doing it to somebody else? Dorms are for sleeping, not for partying! If you want to party, go to a bar where you can be as loud as you want. But be quiet in a dorm when it’s late and if you feel like chatting with your friend loudly, take it outside in the common area.

Keep it clean

Just because you paid for it and because there’s someone cleaning the hostel doesn’t mean that you should act like a total pig. Do your dishes, leave it as clean as it was when you came and if you spilled anything, wash it up! Same goes for bathrooms, don’t leave it a total mess.

Pack your things the day before you leave

Instead of deciding to pack everything at night, when everyone’s asleep, pack everything you can before you intend on leaving so you can just go as quietly as possible. It’s not cool to be making a ton of noise in the middle of the night just because you’re catching a bus somewhere else and forgot to pack.

Use your headphones

Too often have I been in the same room as people who’ve watched movies loudly without putting their headphones in or put on speakers when they talk to someone on the phone. It’s not nice and it’ll never be. Respect other people.

Share the outlets

Don’t be a jerk and use all the outlets. In some hostels you can use more because there’s a lot of them. But there’s also smaller hostels where you might just find a few of them. Share it with others and don’t be selfish.

Don’t be rude

Seriously, just don’t. Maybe some people won’t share the same opinions as you but it certainly won’t get better if you’re being rude and mean to someone. Instead, be respectful and open-minded. Traveling means getting to know people from all cultures and countries. There’s other ways to communicate to people than shouting or saying rude remarks.