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The best toy stores in NYC

Find the latest playthings—dolls, trucks, games and more—at the very best toy stores NYC kids will love

Photograph: Courtesy Teich Toys and Books

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Next time you're hunting for that perfect gift, head to one of these fantastic toy stores. NYC parents will love browsing the shelves, stocked with everything from puppets to high-tech gadgets to plush toys. These kidcentric shops make it easy to find a winning present, whether on your way to a celebration at our favorite birthday party places or trying to make it a stellar Christmas for kids. Not sure what you're looking for? Get some inspiration from our all-ages holiday gift guide!

Toy stores in NYC

Acorn Toy Shop

Acorn stocks more educational and community-minded toys than you can shake an artisan-made rattle at. Play tents in bright colors replace the old-fashioned pillow-and-blanket fort, and a wooden animal menagerie has all the variety of Noah’s Ark without the pesky religious literalism.

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Boerum Hill

Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store

Critics' pick

At this Kelly green, 1,100-square-foot spot with a backyard for events, whimsical housewares, novelties and whatever owner Ann Cantrell deems “best in show” crowd the shelves. Its rotating lineup is heavy on items for little ones, so spoil your nieces and nephews with adorable stuffed animals, puzzles, DIY craft kits and more.

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Boerum Hill

Area Kids

The shop mostly stocks clothing from local designers (Egg & Avocado, Appaman), but you’ll also find imaginative and unusual toys from France and Germany. In addition to this Park Slope spot, find locations in Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Williamsburg.

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Park Slope

Boomerang Toys

Owner Karen Barwick equips her stores with the latest Bruder trucks and Playmobil sets. Her lucky sons even help test potential merchandise.

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Tribeca

The Children's General Store

This small toy shop on the Upper East Side is packed with classic playthings like puzzles and arts-and-crafts kits and also offers complimentary gift wrapping.

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Upper East Side

Dinosaur Hill

The Hill carries original and creative toys for all kids, from newborns to tweens. Best of all is the store's striking collection of European-made marionettes–especially those from Prague.

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East Village

Disney Store

The House of Mouse has opened its largest store ever in Times Square, where you'll find tons of Disney goodies, a theater and an interactive princess castle. Queens families can find another store at Queens Center in Elmhurst.

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Midtown West

E.A.T. Gifts

At the nonedible arm of the Eli Zabar empire, parents can stock up on whimsical paper goods and kid-friendly baubles including everything from stickers and erasers to cupcake-shaped lip glosses and silly straw sunglasses.

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Upper East Side

Fantastic Kids Toys

This toy wonderland on the UES carries brands like Creativity for Kids, Ravensburger, Magna Tiles and Razor line the shelves. The original Long Island location has been operating for more than 15 years. Bonus: gift wrapping is complimentary!

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Upper East Side

Hom Boms Toys

Hom Boms specializes in educational toys for children, but the owners make sure to mix it up with arts & crafts supplies, bath toys, dolls and plenty of things that go vroom!

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Upper East Side

Kaleidoscope Kids Toys

Shop for all the tykes in your life, from little babes to toddlers to tweens, at this Bay Ridge shop, stocking all sorts of playthings. You'll find funky mobiles, plush pals, challenging games, art sets and scooters—plus, the staff can help with age-appropriate toys within your budget.

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Kidding Around

Grab costume dress-up sets, Folkmanis goodies, kiddie furniture, electronic toys and more at this local favorite.

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Flatiron

LuLu's Cuts and Toys

Owned by local mom Brigitte Prat, this hair salon doesn't just offer kids stylish cuts. It also sells a diverse collection of toys, including Schleich animal figures and ride-ons, plus the retro board games and toys that Mom and Dad loved as kids.

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Park Slope

Mary Arnold Toys

The specialty toy shop carries unusual, hard-to-find playthings, like a flat-car racing set. Also head here if you're looking for Madame Alexander dolls, Jellycat animals, Legos and other kid (and grown-up) classics.

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Lenox Hill

Mini Jake

Everything's ultramodern at this Billyburg baby mecca, a spin-off of Brooklyn design store Two Jakes. Look for the latest bags, strollers and cribs from brands like Oeuf, Argington and Bloom.

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Williamsburg

My Little Sunshine

This cozy shop located on a sleepy stretch of Ninth Avenue is stuffed with durable kids' clothing from labels like Imps&Elves and Splendid. Browse blankets and muslin "sleeping bags" by aden+anais, accessories like shoes, hats and umbrellas, and a toy stash of such covetables as mini kick scooters and Jellycat stuffed animals.

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Chelsea

Norman & Jules

This two-year old toy shop provides Park Slope parents with beautifully designed and eco-friendly toys, decor, books, crafts and baby gear. The husband-and-wife team also added a backyard playspace behind their store.

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Park Slope

Piccolini NYC

What to get a hip city kid who has it all? This adorable Soho store definitely has something to suit their fancy. They stock little Brooklynite onesies, graphic tees, animal bathtoys, temporary tattoos and tons of other fun toys for the youngsters you love.

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Space Kiddets

The great vintage toys and gear at this Flatiron shop really make us wax nostalgic, and will probably make you do so too. Check out Elvis-print shirts and the huge selection of Astro Boy products.

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Flatiron

A Time for Children

You don’t have to feel guilty about splurging at this combined clothing and toy store: 100% of its profits benefit the Children’s Aid Society. Sizes run from infant to eight years, and brands include Petit Bateau and Pluto.

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Upper West Side

Teich Toys & Books

Picking out new toys for your tots? Skip the big-box stores and pop down to this Abingdon Square spot. The shop is filled to the brim with toys like handmade stuffed animals, puppets made of recycled sweaters, wooden heirloom-quality toys and old-fashioned battery-free entertainment (think Slinkys and the like). There’s also a wide selection of books and a cozy place to read. Just look for the giant wooden locomotive in the corner! Plus, the store hosts a weekly Sunday fun day, featuring entertainment like balloon artists and tastings of jams and jellies from local farms. 

Torly Kid

Owner Carol Adams has transformed her successful store Babylicious into Torly Kid—a one-stop shop for both tots and tweens. Best-selling lines like Tooby Doo, Lunchbox and Appaman are now stocked in bigger sizes as well as small. The store also has an extensive collection of party favors.

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Tribeca

Toy Space

Owner-mom Louise Simon’s superpopular Slope spot stocks everything from überhip European toys and games to classic stuff (Rubik’s Cube or Etch A Sketch, anyone?). It’s also one of the few shops in the city to boast a kid birthday registry.

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Park Slope

Toy Tokyo

Critics' pick

This Asian toys and tchotchkes mecca houses dizzying displays of memorabilia—half of which is from Japan. Snatch up quirky bubblegum-pink Gloomy Bear stuffed animals, Godzilla figurines, kaiju models and more.

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East Village

Toys “R” Us

With a 60-foot indoor Ferris wheel and a 20-foot-high animatronic T. rex, this store has become just as much a part of the delirious Times Square spectacle as the iconic neon and LED lights outside. Other attractions include a Willy Wonka candy shop, a make-your-own robot lab and a Babies "R" Us department. Get there before the megastore shuts down at the end of its lease in January 2016.

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Midtown West

West Side Kids

This family-run institution has been selling toys, games and books to uptown children for more than two decades.

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Upper West Side

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