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The Elephant House

21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, UK
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Harry Potter was born here! Edinburgh  United Kingdom

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Sat 9am - 11pm

Harry Potter was born here!

Heading off the Royal Mile to find Greyfriar's Bobby, we passed this cafe that, by its name, I assumed was an Indian restaurant. But a closer look at the bottom of the main window stated that this was where the hero of Hogwarts was created.

The cafe was a favorite place of JK Rowling, Potter's creator. She would often sit in the back of the cafe with a cuppa, looking out the window at the castle, and writing (or typing) away.

It is quite nice and worth a visit. The tea is good and cheap! Not only that but Ian Rankin, another popular Scottish writer, also spent lots of time here.