While we’d love to have a New York store top this list, the closure of both FAO Schwarz and Toys “R” US in 2015 have led us to Honesty Hour: Hamleys takes the cake. This imaginative shop (emporium!) is a genuine dream for children, complete with multiple floors full of toys, interactive toy demos on the 4th floor and great gifts for kids big and small. Also, if you happen to find something cheaper on the Hamley’s website and show it to a cashier, the store is also said to honor the web price. Since you’re sure to work up an appetite during you exploration, there’s also a conveniently-placed in-store Wafflemeister, where families can stuff their faces with waffles that are loaded up with toppings and syrups. 188-196 Regent St, London (44-371-704-1977, hamleys.com)
Indulge your whimsical side—and humor your kids—by exploring some of the best toy stores in the world! Even if you aren’t planning on family travel anytime soon, our guide to the world’s best toy stores will have you prepared for when you’re in the area, whether in another state or abroad. New Yorkers can also rejoice that several of the picks on our list are right here in the city.
P.S. Seriously—your kids’ eyes are going to light up.