Toy Shops From Around The World
As well as bringing you our curated directory of online toy boutiques, we have created our very own global directory of small independent toy shops from around the world. We LOVE online but this is a bricks and mortar list for families, singles, grandparents, aunties, uncles and everything in between that want to visit a beautiful space to find something wonderful for the little ones in their lives. The shops we have chosen are unique, interactive and we hope they’ll give you a few suggestions to help entertain the juniors, as well as a place to find that elusive gift. We’ve also tried to look after the grownups, including a few places that have coffee (yay) and some homeware goodies as well.
Every month we’ll add more shops to our list so eventually we’ll have all your toy needs covered! This month we’ve focused on cities that are often on travel routes.. places you might find yourself spending a couple of days to break up a long flight.
Give us a shout if you’ve visited one of these amazing spaces and let us know what you thought. If you have a wonderful little toy shop of your own and would like to feature, we would love to hear from you, contact us @tinylovesslow or firstname.lastname@example.org
54 Angle Rue Ibnou Jabir Attabari et Jounaid, Quartier Princesses, 20200 Casablanca, Morocco
As the name suggests, stepping inside this boutique is like stepping into a wonderland. Vintage children’s furniture and rare treasures: a poetic and offbeat universe with unique and original creations.
A place like this would keep the kids enthralled for hours.
Beethovenstraat 5A, 1077 HK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mini Market is a concept store focused on families. They have an amazing space with so much going on.. they offer breakfast, lunch and cake, clothing, gifts for children and adults, accessories and even a children’s hairdresser!
In November 2014 they opened their shop in Amsterdam South. At the same time, their (250 m2) store opened in Haarlem! Both areas are characterized as meeting places for parents, where children can play. They have food for the grown ups and a different menu for kids so everyone is happy!
Si Tu Veux
68 gallery Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
The most beautiful of all toy shops in the world, Si Tu Veux is found in a charming neo-classical 19th Century arcade in Paris’ 2nd arrondissonment. Sparkling in soft fairy lights, Si Tu Veux beckons the passerby to enter into a magical world which boasts classic European toys.
The owner Madeline Deny publishes a regular blog that suggests all manner of creative and inexpensive children’s activities to do with the imagination and play – great to practice your French, or be inspired by one of the denizens of toy shopping. [Review courtesy of www.spiritedmama.com]
Olive Loves Alfie East
London, 6 Victory Parade, London E20 1FS, United Kingdom
Award winning creative children’s store Olive Loves Alfie was founded in London in 2006 by Ashlyn Gibson. Olive Loves Alfie works with small producers and independent designers who strive to achieve organic and sustainable production.
The concept behind the new lifestyle store is that not only is it a shop but a place to encourage thought, creativity and friendship through workshops and events held there regularly (see their workshops section on their website for the latest info). They do everything from cacti print workshops and mothers day card making to pavement art days. [Review from www.finlayfox.com]
248 Clement Street and 858 Cole Street, San Francisco, United States
TANTRUM is an imaginary world of times passed. Child-like, magical, nostalgic, and marvelous are the items that fill this unique and amazing space. part carnival, part storybook, part memory. A shop filled with kid-centric well-designed gifts for children and grown-ups alike.
232 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
228 Orakei Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
Father Rabbit isn’t strictly a toy store, but having become a huge fan of their amazing Insta pics, I had to include this beautiful shop. Featuring wooden toys from Le Toy Van and one of my absolute favourites, T-Pole, Father Rabbit is a stunning space for the grown-ups as well as the little ones.
From an online store to operating out of a rabbit sized corner in the lounge, Father Rabbit had to move on from this space too and you can now find him sharing his time between two Auckland retail stores.
267 High St, Northcote, Victoria 3070, Australia
Big Dreams in Melbourne, open their doors daily and around the clock on the web, to present a carefully selected collection of products for little dreamers; an emporium of treasures for small humans and sometimes their Mums & Dads too!
They house a wonderful mix of whimsy, nostalgia and contemporary design. Over the years, their small business has grown and developed its very own personality and sense of style, filled with products they love, carefully sourced from local suppliers and overseas. Their stores are warm, inviting, colourful and fun.
Acorn – A Brooklyn Toy Shop
323 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn NY 11201, United States
Acorn, established in 2004 by Diane Crespo and Karin Schaefer, carries handcrafted toys that allow children to explore and expand their imaginations. With a focus on beautifully designed and crafted products from around the world, Acorn stocks wooden toys, Waldorf dolls, select furniture and mobiles, as well as unique clothing and artwork by New York designers and artists.
Visitors to this toy shop rave about the friendly and relaxed atmosphere where people linger chatting while their kids play.