34 Rue Dauphine
75006 Paris, France
A neighborhood toy store unlike any other, Amuzilo sells imaginative toys you won't find anywhere else. When you first walk in you feel like you're in Geppetto's workshop or a storage space for Santa's elves: Dedicated to wooden toys and bright colors, the small store is full of everything from dolls handmade in France to "Chessquito" (a board game to teach preschoolers to play chess) and tiny wooden flutes. It's worth visiting even if you don't plan to buy anything, just for the experience of seeing how creative European toy makers can be.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Wooden scooters made in Germany, brightly painted Loch Ness Monster and dragon pull toys, and wonderful board books make this a toddler paradise.
School-Age Kids: The board games you can buy here, which you can't find in the United States, usually have instructions written in English, making them ideal gifts for children this age.
- Other toy stores in Paris. Au Nain Bleu, the oldest and best known toy store in Paris, has tasteful and expensive classic toys for children (5 Boulevard Malesherbes 75008 Paris France 011-33-1-42-65-20-00). If you want more of a Toys R Us experience, check out Village JouéClub, the largest toy store in town, (3-5 Boulevard des Italiens, 2nd, M° Richelieu-Drouot, 011-33-1-53-45-41-41).
Just the Facts
Hours: Monday, 3- 7 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 3-7 p.m.
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour