Melbourne’s Best Toy Stores
A great toy store can be a parent’s best friend. Once the staff get to know you, they understand how you sometimes need to shove something at them with pleading eyes and trust them to hide it under the counter or double-bag it to hide it from prying eyes. They also get to know your sense of panic when you walk in ten minutes before a birthday party starts and beg them for advice and gift-wrapping to ensure the right gift is ready to give.
Here are some of our suggestions for the best toy stores in Melbourne.
Dafel Dolls & Bears
While we understand that not everyone loves dolls and/or bears, for those who do, this place is a treasure trove. Dolls? Tick. Bears? Oh my, yes. Collectors of all ages love browsing the range of unique Dafel Dolls and Bears but for a quality gift for a new baby or a child who appreciates something special, you absolutely can not beat it. They also offer a doll and bear 'hospital' repair service and full dressing service.
Established for over 70 years and stocking both new and collectable pieces, this is a lovely destination store for little ones, but be warned - they won't want to leave empty-handed!
Where: The Block Arcade, Melbourne
They claim to supply Santa - and it’s not hard to believe! The owners at Jasper Junior make shopping a breeze – especially if you browse online first. The store has been operating since 1996 and the staff know their stuff. With a huge range of toys from construction to costumes, this is a great place to stock up on gifts for every child you know. The focus is on quality brands and toys that are timeless not just every latest fad. Teddy bear-lovers will have their needs met with plenty of cuddly options and there is also a great selection of puzzles, keepsake toys and ride-on toys too.
Where: 331-339 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Parents will love this place just as much as children. Gepetto's Workshop specialises in puppets of all shapes and sizes – from cute, fuzzy hand puppets to old-fashioned marionettes for brilliant imaginative play. The range of other toys have a nostalgic feel, from kaleidoscopes and rocking horses to jack-in-the-boxes and spinning tops, and there is plenty here to make little ones smile, no matter what the occasion.
Where: 371 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras and 25 Main Road, Olinda
With a focus on quality and sustainability, Honeybee Toys has a point of difference many parents will appreciate. Their range of wooden toys is designed to educate and inspire and are made from sustainable forests with non-toxic paints. Lose yourself in the wonderful array of imaginative things to touch, move and play with musical instruments, puzzles, books, building toys and ways to decorate beautiful bedrooms. Toys for young children are a specialty and it’s all about natural timber and things that help young minds grow. Steiner schools love this store as the toys are all about letting the child make the most of their own creativity.
Where: 264 Glenferrie Road, Malvern
Treetop Toy Shop
The Treetop Toy Shop is passionate about children and toys and is on a mission to turning toy-shopping into a magical, interactive experience. Children will love the tactile adventure where they can look, touch and play with coveted items. Shelves are bursting with beautiful toys and unrivalled treasures carefully curated by the owner to create an enchanting wonderland for all ages to delight in, from the moment they walk through the door. You will also find cool kids fashions with an emphasis on Australian designers and friendly staff offering expert advice and gift wrapping too!
Where: 353 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Not just a toy store, but a children's emporium, Big Dreams presents a beautiful selection of treasures for little dreamers in this cute, colourful store. Filled to capacity with toys, books, clothing and shoes, there is a delightful mix of whimsical nostalgia and contemporary design that makes shopping here such a fun experience. A perfect place for presents, this store has the full gamut of quality goods from the latest in kids trends to delightful home decor, creating a boutique destination that both parents and kids will love.
Where: 267 High St, Northcote
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