Best of Boston

Best Toy Store

2001 Best Toy Store


Only enlightened children need apply. Stellabella, you see, is a completely gun-free shop that specializes in educational toys. But before you start criticizing what political […] read more»
2000 Best Toy Store


Kid alert: This well-laid-out shop in Inman Square has lots of room for wandering feet, plus fun and interactive on-site activities for curious minds. There’s […] read more»
1999 Best Toy Store

The Construction Site

When architects, engineers, and toddlers play side by side, you know you’ve found a unique toy store/ Other places might have more variety or flashier […] read more»
1989 Best Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park

Classic toys, dolls, and children’s books. Enough to bring out the Peter Pan in anyone. read more»
1988 Best Toy Store


The older Irwin’s was a sentimental favorite, but the name lives on and the new Irwins still has what little Sarah and Benjamin want. read more»
1987 Best Toy Store

The Children’s Story

Floor-to-ceiling good clean fun. read more»
1984 Best Toy Store, Place to Buy Offbeat Toys

Goods Department Store

Any store that carries Japanese robots gets our vote. read more»
1983 Best Toy Store

A Tie-Henry Bear’s Park and No Kidding

Cambridge, Brookline
Both seem to care about children. read more»
1982 Best Toy Store

Children’s Workshop

Toys, games, and clothing, and workshops in magic. Run by two former teachers and coprincipals. read more»
1981 Best Toy Store

F. A. O. Shwarz

The toys may be cheaper elsewhere, but Schwarz lets you browse with leisure. read more»