Sure, Tribeca has designer stores, trendy bars and fancy restaurants—but if you’re a kid (or a kid at heart!), it’s very likely that you wouldn’t be very impressed with the above establishments. But worry not—Tribeca is home to a number of wonderful toy stores, all of which contain curios and contraptions that are certain to delight people of all ages. Here’s a list of some of the best toy stores in Manhattan, all of which are located in the TRIangle BElow CAnal Street.
Babesta | 66 West Broadway
Babesta proudly declares itself to be the store “for the trendier tot,” and it is certainly that and much more. Containing everything from giant cupcake plushes to neon heirloom planes, this place is a haven for kids who want toys that are, truly, different. While we recommend taking a look at the sustainably-harvested Honduran hardwood Tegu Blocks set for your kids, we promise to not judge you if you buy the Tooth Fairy pillow for yourself.
Playing Mantis | 32 North Moore Street
Everything’s better when it’s handmade, right? That should explain the appeal of the eco-friendly toys and crafts that are for sale at Playing Mantis. Not only are the toys here beautiful and eye-catching, they are also designed to stimulate creativity and imagination in the minds of those who play with them. The products here come from all over the globe—be it the beautiful Italian porcelain dolls or the charming hand puppets from Canada, the toys here are positively amazing.
Boomerang Toys | 119 West Broadway
As a family-owned business with only three locations in New York City, Boomerang Toys is a cozy, friendly toy store that features traditional, old school favorites alongside newer, fancier novelty games. Boomerang’s staff has been known to be an especially helpful bunch, and so, if you’re ever confused between buying your child a little bug locket or a fire-breathing, three-headed dragon—well, you know you can rely on the staff to help you out with your decisions.
The Balloon Saloon | 133 West Broadway
Who doesn’t love balloons? At the Balloon Saloon, you will be greeted with an onslaught of bright, colorful balloons in all kinds of fabulous shapes and sizes. From balloons that sing to balloons that are shaped like your pet, rest assured that you’ll find something that grabs your attention in this Tribeca institution. Also, worth checking out are the many toys, novelties and party supplies available in this store—there’s more to this store than just its stunning balloons!
Do you know of any other Tribeca toy store that should be on this list? Tell us in the comments below!