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1220 5th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90401


When it comes to kids’ toys, we’re suckers for wooden blocks and stacking rings, for dollhouses and minuscule villages…

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Anime Jungle

319 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012


Los Angeles is awash in designer vinyl toys, but fans of postwar Japanese classic flicks like De-stroy All Monsters flock to Anime Jungle for old-school kaiju needs.

Website: http://animejungle.net.

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Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall & Retro Store

14109 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91401


Expect happy murmurs from the adults as they stroll the aisles of the Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall & Retro Store

Website: http://bigkidcollectables.com


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Fitzsu Society

7970 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90048


Most toys are garish and flimsy—in short, we can’t wait to toss them in the donation bin…

Website: http://fitzsu.com

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Karen’s Toys

16101 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91436


An old-fashioned merry-go-round graces this family destination, which carries hundreds of craft and activity kits, such as Best Friend Pet Bowls (paint a set for your pooch).

Website: http://www.karens4toys.com


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Kid’s Land U.S.A.

3807 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90010


There’s a global village inside Kid’s Land U.S.A. Along with bedroom furniture and toys…

Website: http://www.kidslandusa.com

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Kip’s Toyland

6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90036


The floors in Kip’s Toyland are well worn, and the displays are pleasantly chaotic, which makes shopping here like going on a treasure hunt…

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Life Plaza

1370 Fullerton Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91748


Cuteness engulfs you at Life Plaza, a perky gift store and restaurant where you can pick up toys, CDs, pajamas, and a strawberry boba…

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Puzzle Zoo

1413 3rd Street Promenade, Los Angeles, CA, 90401


Don’t be deceived by the name. Puzzle Zoo is indeed stacked high with puzzles featuring everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Simpsons, but that’s only part of the inventory…

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Puzzle Zoo

1413 3rd St. Promenade, Los Angeles, CA, 90401


Jigsaw enthusiasts are always craving ever more wicked challenges…

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15500 Erwin St., Los Angeles, CA, 91411


Ditch the windup R2-D2. At the online store Robotoys.com, based in Van Nuys, the automatons and programmable pets are packed with 32-bit microprocessors and solar-powered batteries…

Website: http://robotoys.com

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San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe

2424 Huntington Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91108


Older kids will find plenty to put on their wish lists at the sprawling neighborhood fixture San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe…

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Tom’s Toys

437 N. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210


You can’t judge a toy store by its facade. Tom’s Toys, in the heart of 90210, doesn’t look like much from the street…

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Toy Dept.

255 E. Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91101


Adults might get more excited than the kids about the Toy Dept., a year-and-a-half-old find just east of Old Pasadena where the shelves are filled with favorites from their own childhood…

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Whimsic Alley

5464 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036


Purveyor of wizardry, fairy magic, and all things vampire…

Website: http://www.whimsicalley.com

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