INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Ultimate List of The Best French Toy Brands
Heading to Paris sometime soon?
Researching the best French toy brands and things you can buy in Paris for souvenirs for kids?
Here’s a helpful guide to design-friendly and award winning French toy brands you’ll find throughout Paris and France.
Take a look.
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- 1 BEST FRENCH TOY BRANDS IN STOCK
- 2 TOP 11 FRENCH TOY BRAND OVERVIEWS
- 3 No.1: Moulin Roty Toys (French Soft Toys)
- 4 No.2: Janod toys
- 5 No.3: Handmade Tirot Boats from French Toy Shop in Brittany
- 6 No.4: Djeco Toys
- 7 No.5: Vilac Toys
- 8 No.6: Bioviva French Toy Shop
- 9 No.7: PAPO French Toys – plastic figures and accessories
- 10 No.8: Petitcollin dolls
- 11 No.9: Cloze Wooden Toys
- 12 No.10: Les Parisettes souvenirs
- 13 No.11: OMY decals
- 14 Bonus: Le Toy Van
- 15 FRENCH COSMETIC BRANDS FOR KIDS
- 16 No.1: Maman va être Jalouse Beauty & Makeup Goods
- 17 No.2: Rosajou makeup
- 18 WHERE TO BUY TOYS IN PARIS?
- 19 No.1: Once Upon a Time Toy Store in Paris
- 20 No.2: Le Bon Marche Department Store
- 21 No.3: Galeries Lafayette
- 22 No.4: Printemps in Paris
- 23 No.5: Moulin Roty Store in Paris
- 24 MORE TOY STORES IN PARIS
- 25 Special Mention #1: Le Petit Prince Store in Paris
- 26 Special Mention #2: Disneyland Paris
- 27 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN things to do with Kids in Paris?
BEST FRENCH TOY BRANDS IN STOCK
Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in Euro, unless otherwise stated
We’ve listed the most popular French toy brands, in no particular order.
Plus, a list of where to buy French toys in Paris at the bottom of the post.
These European toy brands are beloved by children, parents and grandparents all over the continent.
Image credit: Moulin Roty
TOP 11 FRENCH TOY BRAND OVERVIEWS
No.1: Moulin Roty Toys (French Soft Toys)
Looking for French soft toy brands?
These French baby toy brand toys are as stylish as they are cuddly.
Who can resist a Moulin Roty doll?
There’s no mistaking Moulin Roty design French baby toys.
The natural hued colors take inspiration from the colors of plant dyes, and the simple but elegant designs are a standout.
Moulin Roty French toys also sell a range of wooden toys for toddlers including:
- stackable puzzles
- gorgeous puzzles in refined colours
- shape boxes
- pull-out toys (pull along toys)
- wooden musical instruments
- wooden fishing games
- cute Les Papoum pop up toys
- toys for the pram, and
- rocking horses.
Buy now on Amazon: Moulin Roty Ballerina Mouse Valise (Trunk Set)
No.2: Janod toys
Janod is a French toy company specialising in the creation of traditional French toys and games from wood and cardboard for kids from one to seven years old.
- ride on toys
- wooden fruit and vegetable basket of toys
- play kitchens
- Bikloon bikes and vintage balance bikes
- magnetic games
- doll house set ups for little ones
- shopping cart toys
- musical toys
- Sophie la Girafe wooden collection
- wooden puzzles, stackers
- trains and vehicles
- pretend play toys
- “small world” play toys including Farm Set (pictured above) that allow creativity and imagination to blossom
- art and craft kits including sand art, scratch art, stamping, sewing, knitting, lacing, wall stickers, jewellery and bead kits
Where are Janod toys made?
The creative team is made up of 15 people and is based in the Jura region in eastern France. The Janod toy designs are imagined and developed in France.
Despite intensive research, there is no mention of where the toys are made in France on their website.
Unfortunately, this means the toys are most likely made outside of France soil. Most modern day toy manufacturers work with factories in China or Asia to bring their toys to market.
Image credit: Tirot Company
No.3: Handmade Tirot Boats from French Toy Shop in Brittany
This French company makes superb wooden sailboats that really sail for beach outings, parks, and ponds.
Approximately 13 000 boats, both dinghies and yachts, go out every year from factory to be sold.
They are stocked in both France and abroad in more than 250 stores.
No.4: Djeco Toys
A family business, passed down from mother to son, Djeco toys was started in 1954 by Véronique Michel-Dalès, in her quest to develop educational games.
In 1989, her son, now all grown up, took the reins and reimagined the company for the modern world.
They’ve since added:
- educational toys
- wooden and cardboard jigsaws
- wooden toys
- board games
- card games
- decorative products such as umbrellas and toy tents
- music boxes
- snow globes
- height charts, and
- craft kits.
Take a look at the DJECO tap tap game vehicles.
It’s a fabulous indoor game on a rainy day.
Djeco toy brand products are now sold in over 60 countries around the world, and at home in Paris at the Louvre.
PS: Djeco means ‘gecko’, the lucky lizard, the company logo.
No.5: Vilac Toys
Vilac infant toys started in 1911 in the village of Moirans-en-Montagne, the French toy capital.
Creator Narcisse Villet opened a small artisanal workshop for wood turning called “Maison Villet” and it was here, that the range of turned and lacquered wooden toys were born.
French toys for babies
- pull toys including Baby Island Bird (pictured above) and Baby Ladybug
- early learning games
- first cars
- ride on toys including this Vilac Metal Car in white
- push along trolleys
- building blocks of natural wood
- natural wood jump ropes
- croquet games
- Jokari game (paddleboard)
No.6: Bioviva French Toy Shop
Bioviva is a French company that has a passion for nature and the environment.
- Nature Challenges
- Classic games
- Cooperative games
- Science games to develop thinking skills
- Early learning games to help kids discover the seasons and the world
- Montessori games
- Games to help with social skills
Buy now on Amazon: Bioviva Board Game
No.7: PAPO French Toys – plastic figures and accessories
PAPO toys originated 25 years, and to date, they are now the designers of over 600 items, animals or characters organized in 12 ranges.
Each Papo figurine has been designed in France, and individually hand painted to meet the expectations of PAPO collectors around the world.
You’ll find a range of plastic PAPO animals and toys including:
- dogs and cats
- fantasy world characters including the Wizard
- farm yard friends
- historical characters
- horses, foals and ponies
- marine life
- Wild Animal kingdom with African animals including giraffe, zebra, hippo, elephant, rhino, tiger and cub, lions and camels
- Australian, Asian and Indonesian animals, including the magnificent Komodo dragon
- the Medieval era
- the Enchanted World with ballerinas, fairies, unicorns, dragons, elves, deer and more
Image credit: Papo Baby
Papo Baby Toys
Papo Baby sets are 100% natural toys for the early years.
Papo toys are made from natural rubber and food-grade paint so children can play with them, AND chew on them!
Buy now on Amazon: Papo Baby Teether (as pictured above)
No.8: Petitcollin dolls
Petitcollin is a French doll factory located in Etain in Lorraine.
All their unique celluloid dolls are hand-crafted using traditional methods used since 1860.
Every Petitcollin doll bears the Petitcollin trademark, an eagles head plus a number that indicates the size of the doll.
Some of the dolls come in their own suitcase with mirror, accompanied with multiple outfits or themed accessories such as hairbrush, dryer, hair barrettes and scrunchies.
Buy now on Amazon: Petitcollin Baby Doll Delia in suitcase
Image credit: Cloze Toys
No.9: Cloze Wooden Toys
Creators of 2D and 3D wooden construction kits that make:
Image credit: Les Parisettes
No.10: Les Parisettes souvenirs
Les Parisettes is a French souvenir brand.
Everything is styled on the theme of Paris and particularly on the Eiffel Tower.
Designed and made by French and Parisian designers, you’ll find:
- homewares – pillows, linen, ornaments, works of art
- kitchen accessories – linen, tableware, essentials, lunch boxes, totes, lunch bags
- Parisian food gifts – biscuits, bonbons
- leather goods
- jewelry, scarves
- clothes, t-shirts
- games including the Paris City game (pictured above)
- phone covers
- Eiffel Tower magnets
- travel goods – luggage tags, umbrellas
- Eiffel Tower souvenirs including scissors, toothbrushes, bottle openers
- stationery – notebooks, pens, memos, office goods
Visit the store in person at 10 Rue Gramme, 75015 Paris, France.
Image credit: OMY
No.11: OMY decals
OMY is a young French design brand birthed in 2012 by Parisian designers, Elvire Laurent and Marie-Cerise Lichtlé.
OMY sells a range of beautifully designed artisan products sold in more than 65 countries around the world.
You’ll find French wall stickers and posters including:
- glow in the dark stickers
- food stickers
- city stickers
- fashion stickers
- coloring stickers
Check out the Giant Paris poster and stickers pictured above. It’s a top shelf gift for a traveller.
OMY also stocks creative activities including:
- air toys
- pocket coloring and pocket games
- coloring placemats
- bracelet making kits
- scratch off posters
- felt pens
- gel crayons
And things for the home including placemats, posters and wallpaper.
Bonus: Le Toy Van
Le Toy Van is a range of imaginative wooden toys designed in London with love and a touch of French je ne sais quoi.
In business for almost 25 years, this English brand is often mistaken for being French.
Their toys are cute, ethically made, and uniquely designed but NOT an authentic toy brand from France unfortunately.
Even though they SOUND French!
Image credit: Mamanvaetrejalouse
FRENCH COSMETIC BRANDS FOR KIDS
No.1: Maman va être Jalouse Beauty & Makeup Goods
Maman va etra Jalouse translates to “Mama will be jealous”
This French beauty company makes little girls makeup, and cologne.
Their range includes:
- water based nail varnish
- lip roses and lipsticks
- beauty cases
- eye shadows
- eau de toilet
Check out the Peach Milk water nail polish!
No.2: Rosajou makeup
Rosajou makeup is the first makeup brand specially dedicated for kids.
They sell a range of beauty products for the face, nails, skin, plus Rosajou gift sets and accessories.
- makeup brushes
- pocket mirrors
- makeup face powder
- nail polish
WHERE TO BUY TOYS IN PARIS?
These are the best shops in Paris to buy toys & children’s goods.
No.1: Once Upon a Time Toy Store in Paris
Once upon a Time Toy Shop in Paris takes pride in stocking a huge range of French brands of toys, including these ones above.
Hot Tip: Take a sneak peek at our Insider’s Guide to Once Upon a Time Toy store in Paris for address, directions, opening hours, and more.
No.2: Le Bon Marche Department Store
Paris’s oldest department store has a range of upmarket French toy brands in stock inside the new Children’s Zone on the 3rd floor of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche.
There’s a huge range of Paris books for kids, as well as French soft toys too.
Visit for an immersion in Paris style!
No.3: Galeries Lafayette
This upmarket Department Store in Paris stocks:
- Vilac toys
- Haba toys
- Janod toys and games
- Moulin Roty soft toys from France
As well as a range of toys from brands including:
- Ravensburger puzzles
- Smoby, and
Galeries Lafayette is another French department store for those who adore Paris styling.
No.4: Printemps in Paris
Printemps du Louvre has a new children’s section with a special baby gifts area.
It’s the spot to buy comfort toys and traditional gifts for babies and young ones from 10 brands including the much loved:
- Moulin Roty
- Histoire d’ours, and
- Doudous et compagnie.
Image credit: Moulin Roty Paris
No.5: Moulin Roty Store in Paris
Head straight to the Flagship Moulin Roty toy store in Paris for the whole collection of Moulin Roty toys in one place.
Image credit: Si Tu Veux toy store in Paris
MORE TOY STORES IN PARIS
Check out these French toy store options, and toy boutiques too.
If You Want Toy Store
If you want Toy store (alt: Si Tu Veux toy shop) is 68 Galerie Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France (pictured above)
Amuzilo Toy Shop
Amuzilo toy store at 34 Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris, France
Tikibou Toy Shop
Tikibou toy store at
La Grande Recre Toy Shop
La Grande Récré at 120 Rue d’Alésia, 75014 Paris, France
Pain D’Epices toy store
Pain d’Epices toy shop at 29 Passage Jouffroy, 75009 Paris, France
Image credit: The Little Prince Store Paris
Special Mention #1: Le Petit Prince Store in Paris
This stylish shop is a must visit for both Little Prince book fans, & everyone who appreciates French design.
Le Petit Prince shop stocks all the Little Prince themed products including:
- Little Prince books
- bookmarks, postcards, cards, stationery
- mugs, dishes, kitchenware
- stuffed animals, toys
- bags and backpacks
- Little Prince figurines
Special Mention #2: Disneyland Paris
If you are shopping in Paris, and are a Disneyland fan, then do not miss the elegant and magical stores in Disneyland Paris.
It is THE place to buy a genuine authentic Disney Princess Tiara – not a shabby, plastic thing but the REAL DEAL.
(Hot tip: Head to Merlin L’Enchanteur for MORE of these kinds of enchanting treasures!)
Children will adore the La Chaumiere des sept Nains store too – it’s the “Home of the Seven Dwarves”, filled with all kinds of ornamental Disney Princess dress up costumes like you’ve never seen before.
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