The Most Popular Toy Shops Around the World

Officially the largest and oldest toy store in the world, Hamleys on Regent Street is without a doubt the best on the planet. With seven floors full of toys, games, crafts and magic tricks, people travel from all over the world to visit this magical store and stock up on gifts for the lucky little ones. In Kellogg, Minnesota, it's more than just a huge family toy store, they also have a work carousel with beautifully carved and painted animals, an outdoor 18-hole mini golf course, a children's bookstore, and a candy and candy store. Lark has a wide variety of traditional puppet theater toys, with many interactive areas for children to participate.

There is also a charming display of old toys in its “memory lane” section, which serves as a mini-museum. Located in one of the most beautiful covered arcades in Paris, Si Tu Veux, in the 2nd arrondissement of the City of Light, is an authentic old-fashioned magic toy store. The quaint store has traditional European wooden toys, games, costumes and puzzles, and is sure to delight even the most fed up child with his iPhone. Like the once ubiquitous Toys R Us stores in the United States, Kiddy Land stores can be found all over Japan.

With so many locations, Kiddy Land's flagship store in Harajuku, Tokyo is something special. It started as a simple bookstore in the 1950s and eventually expanded to fill five floors with virtually every type of toy imaginable. Visitors will find Star Wars and Peanuts branded merchandise along with traditional Japanese favorites such as Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma. The store is known for its specialty stores and boutiques dedicated to specific characters and brands, which include many special-release items that cannot be found anywhere else.

Like the rest of Harajuku's shopping district, and like all major toy stores, Kiddy Land is packed with an overwhelming variety of merchandise, shoppers and visitors. The shop also houses many gashaspon machines, which spit out small toys enclosed in capsules or eggs, for a small fee, of course. For fans of all things Barbie, or those who simply like to embrace everything pink and feminine, Buenos Aires offers the world's first independent Barbie store. Spread over 7,000 square feet, the store sells a variety of Barbie dolls and accessories, but it's more about bringing the Barbie experience to visitors than simply selling toys.

Visitors can relax and enjoy a meal in the tea room or get a treatment at the in-store spa and beauty salon. Kids can explore the pay-per-hour playroom, which is stocked with Barbie dolls, clothes and games, or simply shop for the latest Barbie-inspired fashion in the boutique area. A private party room is the perfect place for a children's birthday party or girlfriend reunion. Of course, Build A Bear is still one of the most popular toy concepts to date.

And there's a good reason why the New York store is one of the most popular attractions for families in town. Get to work stuffing your own personalized bear. Put a name on your birth certificate and adjust it with a voice and heartbeat. You can then customize your bear with lots of outfits and accessories.

Toys “R Us” branch in Times Square is a real hit. Strolling around the store's 60-foot indoor ferris wheel, you'll notice 110,000 square feet of wall-to-wall toys waiting to be discovered. From Apple iPods, video games and Sony electronics to baby dolls, stuffed animals and board games, there is a toy suitable for all ages and interests. Do you want to be interactive? Check out the attractions of Jurassic Park, ROBOTGALAXY, Astro Kids and Fashion Angels, where children can learn by playing or design their own creations to play.

Hungry Shoppers Can Feed Their Experience With A Bite At Candy Land, Scoops “R Us” And The WONKA Store.


flagship store on Regent Street has seven floors of nirvana to play. Games, action figures, dolls, stuffed animals, models, trains, books and remote-controlled vehicles compete for the affections of the millions of children (and their parents) who visit us every year. Serving London for over 250 years, Hamleys is appreciated by locals and tourists alike.

Famous brands such as Barbie, Steiff, LEGO®, Fisher Price®, Disney®, Hot Wheels®, Leap Frog® and Playmobil® share shelf space with Hamley's esteemed toy line. Puppet shows, live demonstrations of the latest toys and staff dressed in costumes will thrill shoppers young and old. Standing proudly on the corner of 5th Avenue and 58th Street in Manhattan is FAO Schwarz. Wearing the crown as the oldest toy store in the United States for 150 years now; FAO Schwarz has been thrilling children of all ages with its unrivaled selection of toys and collectibles.

FAO Schwarz not only sells a wide range of favorites to play but also allows you to experience the process of making toys in the store; create a doll in your image at Madame Alexander Doll Factory or design a real puppet in Muppet Whatnot Workshop; movie buffs will have fun trying out floor piano featured in 1988 film “Big”; take a break at FAO Schweetz where delicious treats & sugary candies keep every shopper sweet! Many toy stores are engaged in sale of dolls but here is magical company that cares about relationship between toy & its owner; Bonecas Hospital in Lisbon restores & repairs dolls stuffed animals & other toys with love! With thorough evaluation & careful accuracy each injured toy is repaired (arms are reattached eyes are replaced) & precious toy is returned to grateful arms of its owner; In business since 1830 Bonecas Hospital also sells Mariquita Pérez & Paola Reina dolls from Spain Schild Krot dolls from Germany & duplicates vintage style doll clothes.

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