Luchino Caffe[1] was an all-night Italian[2] café on Tottenham Court Road in Muggle London. It was briefly visited by Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger after they were forced to make a quick escape from Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding on the night of 1 August, 1997.


Main article: Luchino Caffe Duel

The trio fire off Stunning Spells during their duel with Antonin Dolohov and Thorfinn Rowle

Harry, Hermione, and Ron fled there after The Burrow was attacked by Death Eaters, as the Ministry of Magic had just been taken over by Lord Voldemort. Hermione Granger inadvertently triggered the Taboo curse on Voldemort's name, enabling Death Eaters, Antonin Dolohov and Thorfinn Rowle, to track them down, but the Trio was able to fight them off and clear their memories. A brief skirmish was the result, and it left the café something of a mess, as a table was blown up by Dolohov's Expulso curse. However, the trio cleaned up a bit before leaving. The waitress who worked there lost her memory of everything that had just happened, as did everyone else upon whom Hermione used the Obliviate charm.[3]


"God, that's revolting."
—Ron describing the coffee[src]

It was described as being small and shabby, with a "light layer of grease" on all the Formica-topped tables. Inside, a poster advertised the play Romeo and Juliet staged by the Carneiro Players at the Regency Playhouse in the summer of 1997. The waitress there served "foamy, greyish coffee" to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The services seem to be as poor as its appearance, as the waitress was chewing on gum while at work, and gave Ron a very nasty look in return for his remark on the coffee's quality.

Known menu

Panini italiani


The Luchino Caffe's complete menu


Hot food

Large salads

Other rolls



Behind the scenes

  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, this café is located by Charing Cross Road, across the road from the Leaky Cauldron and next to a music store.
  • In the film adaptation, the cafe is smarter and generally a better place than in the book.
  • The name "Luchino" possibly comes from the name of the Italian film director and screenwriter Luchino Visconti.
  • In The Artefact Vault it is written that it was named 'Lunchino Cafe' for Miraphora Mina's son.
  • It is never named in the book.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (video game)
  2. In the the film adaptation of Deathly Hallows, an Italian flag can be seen hanging inside the café, and "hot panini" is advertised on its window (see this image).
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 9 (A Place to Hide)
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