Portland’s toy stores are full of vintage treasures, indie board games and handcrafted puzzles, as well as more traditional finds. Delight the kids (and kids at heart) in your life with this guide to our favorite independent toy stores.
Located on bustling N. Williams Avenue, comfortable Spielwerk Toys is emblematic of Portland’s artisanal spirit. Specializing in toys that encourage imaginative play, the shop offers local and European products, including many wooden toys and puzzles. Be sure to chat with the friendly, knowledgeable staff while the kids have fun in a lovely play area.
Know before you go
Finnegan’s Toys has temporarily closed its downtown store, but online order pick-up is available next door at underU4men (800 SW Washington St.) during business hours.
We’ve all been told to go for quality over quantity, but Finnegan’s Toys, buyers don’t have to choose. The downtown Portland shop offers thousands of items, from Star Wars Legos to retro tin toys and alpaca hand puppets. Find an age-appropriate Portland souvenir in the Made in Oregon section; free gift wrapping will ensure your gift arrives in style.
Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane at Billy Galaxy, Portland’s dream destination for vintage toy collectors since 1995. Easily build your collection of classic comic books and discover all the hard-to-find 1980s He-Man action figures, Pac-Man cereal boxes and Super Mario Bros. coloring books. that you were. sorely lacking. While the store enjoys a strong eBay presence, visitors to the physical location enjoy greater inventory and better prices.
Cloud Cap Games
by Sellwood Cloud Cap Games invites people of all ages and interests into the world of tabletop games. Serious and budding gamers will find new favorite board games, card games and puzzles in the spacious shop, which feels more like a home than a store. Try out your picks in their cozy game room or join a community game night.
Doodles 4 Kids
Another Sellwood staple, Doodles 4 Kids joined the neighborhood in 2012 and was warmly welcomed by locals and visitors alike. A bright space known for its lively community events, the store offers a variety of products that appeal to children of all ages, including an abundant assortment of science and educational games, at all price points.
MudPuddles Toys and Books
Rediscover the feeling of pure joy that toys can bring to MudPuddles Toys and Booksa beloved Alphabet District toy store dedicated to helping kids learn through play. Along with giant stuffed animals and pint-sized sports equipment, you’ll find educational games in niche areas like archeology and musical composition.
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