There’s nothing quite like exploring a new city and stumbling upon a gem of a toy store. There isn’t a more kid-friendly travel activity.

But finding the good ones is always a challenge in itself. Little imaginations have the biggest expectations.

Think rare collectables and giant LEGO city models, doll doctors and hand-painted carousels.

Here are The World’s 26 Best Toy Stores.

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Shoppers flood past and into Hamleys Toy Shop on Regent Street in London. Picture: chrisdorney / Shutterstock

If you’ve ever been to Hamleys London, you know why it tops the list. This heaven of a toy store is comparable to Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. Flying planes, robots, giant bubbles and kid-sized remote controlled cars are all in action – it’s hard to know where to look. Score a bedroom-sized sweet dispenser and snow that never melts. Interactive toy exhibitions run throughout the day – and there’s even a waffle stand.