We could also have grown up, be kids or adults by now, but we all know that a little bit of a child will always remain within us, who likes to be surprised with little, who likes to play and laugh without thinking too much about worries. So why not let this side of us come out while traveling?
Scattered around the world are a few toy shops that will make you daydream! They are not just simple shops, but real attractions, with small museums, rides, entertainment and various activities.
Do you want to discover them with us? Here are what the largest and most famous toy stores in the world!
9 - American Girl Place, Chicago (USA)
Among the largest and most famous toy stores in the United States, it is a wonderful doll-only shop located in Chicago, Illinois, precisely on Michigan Avenue, in the historic center. Opened in 1986, inside the shop you will find yourself in front of many American Girl dolls that have become a mainstay in the American toy industry.
At the beginning the dolls represented the different ethnicities and cultures of America, gradually more modern dolls were added, up to those of today, each with its own history and its own background. Also, here children can play with dolls, get tea, take them to the hairdresser and dress them up with clothes and accessories. You can even create an identical shirt for the doll and its owner. There is also a restaurant, accessible by reservation only. It is open from Monday to Thursday 10: 00-20: 00, Friday 10: 00-21: 00, Saturday 9: 00-21: 00 and Sunday 9: 00-18: 00.
8 - Charles Ro Supply Company, Malden (USA)
We always stay in the United States, but this time we move to Malden, Massachusetts, just 10 km from the famous Boston. Here you will find this shop completely dedicated to toy trains, the largest in the United States.
So get ready to enter a magical world and to exhaust all the wishes you had as a child: here you will find trains of all kinds, in scale, models, mechanical trains, on rails. In addition to the sales service, there is also the maintenance, assistance and repair service. Inside you can also admire a beautiful train already assembled that runs on the rails. Impossible to leave here without having bought at least one small locomotive!
7 - Lark Toys, Kellog (USA)
We move to Minnesota, a US state that borders Canada. Here, in the tiny town of Kellogg, there is one of the most famous and loved toy shops in the whole country, known above all for his wooden toys, even if you will find any kind! Open every day from 9:30 to 17:00.
But Lark Toys isn't just a shop, it is a real attraction where to spend an afternoon! In addition to the toy shop, where you can buy games of all kinds, from the most traditional to the most technological, you will also find a mini golf course with 18 holes, a museum of ancient toys, a hand-carved wooden carousel, a bar and a sweet shop!
6 - The Little Dollhouse Company, Toronto (Canada)
In Toronto we find the shop with the largest assortment of dollhouses in the world! It is located in the East York neighborhood, about 8 km from the historic center, or Old Toronto. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays, you can easily reach it by public transport.
Here you will find, in fact, dollhouses of all kinds! But not only that, here you can create your perfect home: choose the covering, the rooms, all the furnishings and accessories. It is not only the perfect world for children, but also for all collectors and enthusiasts, you will really find everything you need!
5 - The Hospital De Bonecas, Lisbon (Portugal)
And now let's fly to Europe, to a very special shop that has earned the reputation of one of the most beautiful in the world!
De bonecas in Portuguese means dolls and this is it a real hospital for dolls. It is located in the heart of Lisbon, just 700 meters from the famous Arco da Rua Augusta, an arch that connects the central street Rua Augusta with one of the main squares, Praça do Comércio. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00, Saturdays until 18:00, closed on Sundays.
This is not one of the largest shops in the world, but it is certainly one of the most famous for its particularity: as the name implies, it is a real hospital for dolls! Here, in addition to buying wonderful dolls, children can take their broken doll to be repaired with a real medical center! The staff will take care of the doll (complete with medical records), refurbishing it and the children can watch the process.
4 - Kiddy Land, Tokyo (Japan)
We are in Tokyo, where the toy shop on 4 floors where to dive for at least a few hours! It is located in the most famous district of Shibuya, a district famous for shopping, clubs and discos. This is the neighborhood that never sleeps! The shop is open every day from 11:00 to 21:00, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30.
Kiddy Land it is a real institution, loved not only by children, but also by collectors: in fact, here they are found some of the most famous limited editions, as well as Japan's unique toys. Furthermore, by visiting it you can get closer to this side of Japanese culture. Obviously, a department dedicated to the famous Hello Kitty, loved all over the world and born in the country, could not be missing, but you will also find dolls and games of different Japanese characters.
3 - Lego Store, London (England)
It is not just a generic toy store! Opened in 2016, this is it the largest lego store in the world! It is located in the city center and overlooks Leicester Square. It is within easy reach of major attractions such as the National Gallery (200m) and Buckingham Palace (1,5km). It is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00.
If you are a lover of this game then this is a truly unmissable stop! We are not talking about a simple shop, but about a real attraction, with huge lego constructions inside, including Big Ben built for the inauguration. At the entrance you will certainly find a bit of a queue and you will also be given a map of the interior of the shop, but the wait is absolutely worth it. In addition, you can also create your own custom Lego avatar, so that it looks like you!
2 - Kid's Cavern, Sands Cotai Central (Macau)
In second place we find this wonderful shop located inside the Sands Cotai Central, in the city of Macau, China. The location in which it is located is already incredible: the Sands Cotai Central is in fact a huge resort, in which in addition to the shop there are several luxury hotels, numerous boutiques, restaurants and a casino. Macau is referred to as the Las Vegas of the East, due to its worldwide reputation as the gambling capital.
Returning to the Kid's Cavern, given the premises on Macau you can imagine what you will find in front of you: a shop that spread over more than 3.000 square meters, full of toys but not only! Here you will also find products for children's clothing with many different brands, an entire department dedicated to sweets and candies, one for lego and, of course, a sector dedicated to the heroes of Marvel could not be missing. The shop is open every day from 11:30 to 20:30!
1 - Hamley's, London (England)
And at the top of this list is the huge London toy store in the Soho neighborhood. It is really easy to reach, as it is only one kilometer from Trafalgar Square and 750 meters from Piccadilly Circus. Developed on 7 floors, is open every day from 11:00 to 19:00, Sunday from 12:00. Established in 1760, the current Regent Street store (London's shopping street) opened in 1880. A must see, especially if you are traveling with children.
Once inside you will be catapulted into a wonderful world, full of toys, in which you too children will return. Each floor has its own theme, and you can find from the most classic games, such as dolls and puppets, to the most technological ones. But that's not all: mini shows are held every day, from magic ones to puppets for the little ones, while the staff is always available to show and try out the newest games. There is also a well-stocked online store where you can buy games of all kinds and for all ages!
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