The most beautiful toy stores in Paris

Written by kim cotton on . Posted in all, On Attitude & Adventure, On Health & Happiness, On Love of Learning, Uncategorized

The most beautiful toy stores in Paris reside in secret arcades and on famous streets which makes seeking them out as much a pleasure as it is to enter into their magical worlds. Each toy store is inspired by  timeless classic tradition and exists to delight not only young children, but the child in all of us.

Au Nain Bleu

252 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris. Metro: Solferino

Established in 1836 Au Nain Bleu is the oldest and most regal toystore in Paris. Residing on the famous Boulevard St Germain it rests among the stars of big brand designer names so you can indulge in some intense window shopping for yourself along the way or even stop off at Les Deux Magot – the old cafe Picasso, Hemingway, Satre and de Beauvoir  used to frequent. Inside Au Nain Bleu you will find traditional toys such as our beautiful French Bateaux Tirot boats, over-sized teddy bears, retro cars, beautiful books such as the Little Prince pop up book, dress up clothes for princes and princesses and doll houses. 

 

Spirited Mama Au Nain Bleu image

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Les FanFan

42 Rue François Miron, 75004 Paris. Metro Saint Paul

Les FanFans holds a special place in my heart because it’s here that my life was changed. Le Fanfans was the first toy store in Paris I visited a number of years ago when I was travelling with my young daughter who was about to turn six. I was seeking birthday gifts along with something special for my ever-growing number of nieces and nephews. The owner was so charming and funny that it began my journey to create Spirited Mama and the French Heart Store. Le FanFans is indeed full of tresors for infants yet it is a typical toy store stuffed with magic tricks, laughing cows, metal carousels and games. It resides in the back streets of the Le Marais – on the Seine side of Rue des Rivoli among fashionable restaurants, small art galleries, fromageries and the latest gift and craft phenomenon Petit Pan, so after some retail therapy for the little one you can treat yourself to something beautiful, too. 

 

Spirited Mama Le fanfans toy store Paris image

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Pain D’epices

29 Passage Jouffroy, 75009 Paris. Metro: Richelieu – Drouot or Grands Boulevards

Of all the toyshops Pain D’pices is the most enchanting. It resides in 19th century passage way built of decorative metal, glass and wood. While Pain D’pices offers many European toys to customers, it specialises in the miniature doll houses from the classic Georgian home to the modern mansion. But more impressive are the fitouts – everything you could imagine has been included – hundreds of tiny copper saucepans, brooms, fruit, wine decanters, miniature cheese boards (with French cheeses of course), French pasteries, rolling pins, vintage scales and all the furniture you could ever wish for. There are also miniature boulangerie, toy shop and petrol station storefront models that children (or adults) can build. If the children in your life believe in fairies then Pain d’Epice has the evidence.

 

Spirited Mama Pain de Epice toy store Paris image

 

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Si Tu Veux

68 galerie Vivienne 75002 Paris. Ph: 33 01 42 60 59 97. Metro: Bourse

The most beautiful of all toyshops in the world, Si Tu Veux is found in a charming neo-classical 19th Century arcade in Paris’ 2nd arrondissonment nestled among the most illustrious antique and designer stores and a divine bar LeGrand Filles et Fils (so that you can have a well deserved champagne after finding the arcade). 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.

 Spirited Mama Si Tu Veux Toy Store Paris image

 

And if you don’t have the chance to visit one of these beautiful Parisian toy stores in Paris itself then visit our French Heart Store, an online store as beautiful as the boutiques of Paris, which features provincial and artisan crafted toys and children’s decor sourced from the heart of France.

Spirited Mama French Heart Store image 

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Comments (15)

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

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    It’s my dream to take my kids to Paris one day – although they would probably go completely wild in those beautiful stores! For now we are concentrating on going to the USA next month and we;ll see how far we can stretch our travelling next year!

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    • Kim

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      Sounds fab – Paris with kids is amazing but you need to have some tricks up your sleeve – i wrote a post on travelling with kids in Paris a few years ago – it might come in handy 🙂 http://spiritedmama.com/from-paris-with-kids/ x

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    • Kim

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      Given they’ve been there a while – you’ve got plenty of time to visit one day 🙂

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  • EssentiallyJess

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    Oh they look magical! That’s how a toy store should look I think.

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    • Kim

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      Me too Jess. We are lucky – we have a few in the major cities – Just White in Sydney, Japser Junior in Melbourne – I’m not sure about Darwin – can you recommend?

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  • Chantel

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    Oh my!!! Such beautiful things!!! We are going to France in August, but I think we will be giving Paris a miss this time as we are staying in a Gite in Burgundy. I’ll be hunting around for similar treasures though!

    Hello from #teamIBOT

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    • Kim

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      They’re beautiful stores in Burgundy too – it’s an incredible area – words can’t really describe Burgundy … too amazing! Bonne vacances!

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  • Tash @ Gift Grapevine

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    I’m just a big kid – I would be in heaven in any of those toy stores! I agree with Jess, they are how toy stores should look, full of character and charm (and fabulous toys of course). I’d love to get lost in them all one day.

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    • Kim

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      I think it’s the child in me that helped me track them down – it took a few days – plenty of walking but the whole exlporation was magical – so many diifferent exciting stores and restaurants to see in Paris – it’s something everyone should do at least once x

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  • ann

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    Oh my, they look so pretty.

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  • Lydia C. Lee

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    Lovely photos…I love the Paris toy stores (or lets face it, the Paris anything…)

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  • Mea

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    Hi and thanks for all the info about Parisian toy stores!

    My husband is going there (from Scandinavia) and I want to send him to a store with old-style children interior!

    Have a 2 year-old son and a little brother coming up in a month.
    Would love to decorate their room with stuff like old-style clothing hangers, balloon posters, you know the french vintage interior style, but for kids!
    As he needs me to be very specific, I would be so greatful for your recommendations of where to send him!
    And preferrably a shop with a website to make it easier to know what items to select when inside….

    Thank you so much!

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