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I've seen some cool puzzle shops around the world and had the idea to collect information about them and others. If you have information about cool puzzle shops (or maybe other cool puzzle places, e.g. museums?) please tell me!

In the beginning I had two or three stores in mind that are really superb. Then some people told me about other stores but most of them weren't as good as the best. So I split the stores into several types and later removed the stores that only had the basic Rubik puzzles because they have become more common and because the web is now the best place to get most puzzles anyway.

Superb
These are the ultimate real life puzzle stores.
Online
Let's face it, online shops are available to more people.
Nice
Not really great but better than the basic toy store with only a few basic Rubik puzzles.

Also have a look at this great other puzzle page with information about puzzle shops and much more.

Superb

Name, Picture Address, Description
The Games People Play
  (website)
1100 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138, USA
photo or screenshot Superb store!!! Lots and lots of (twisty and other) puzzles, including the 5x5. Thanks a lot to Daniel Hayes for the name (I had forgotten it) and link and Bruce Norskog for nice photos!
Village Games
  (website)
65 The West Yard - Camden Lock, London NW1 8AF, Tel&Fax +44 20 7485 0653, England
photo or screenshot Wonderful little store, they have lots of nice (including twisty) puzzles, games and books (some out of print). Don't miss it when you're in London! Thanks to Jaap Scherphuis for telling me about it (it's one of his favourites and now also one of mine). I think it's the one I've been to about 15 years ago, they have been there for like 20 years. Jaap says "On the first Wednesday of every month they hold puzzle evenings in the bar above their shop. I went there last month and it was great fun.". I also saw a newspaper article about this, David Singmaster has been there, too.
Mind Games 260 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2L9, Tel (416) 977-8994, Fax (416) 977-7478, Canada
photo or screenshot Haven't been there myself, but heard this from Etak (thanks!): "Specializes in mind games, brain teasers and puzzles. They have Rubik's cubes in 3x3x3, 4x4x4, and 5x5x5. Along with Rubik's cubes, I saw other games of the same sort. They had a variety of brain teaser puzzles. They had wooden ones I think, and also the metal ones where you have to get a ring off of a strange metal shape. (I don't know what they are called). There was also chess sets, books of puzzles and riddles, and pen and paper role playing games.". Also mentioned here, with second location!
Puzzle Me This
  (website)
290 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA. 02657, Tel 1-888-PUZZLES, Fax (508) 487-8326, USA
photo or screenshot Their online shop looks very promising (has some nice non-standard twisty puzzles). Haven't been there myself, though, I got the picture from the owner (thanks!).

Online

Name, Picture Address, Description
Mefferts
  (website)
Hong Kong
photo or screenshot Many many puzzles, good prices, free worldwide shipping. I've ordered several times and am very happy with them.
eBay
  (website)
Everywhere
photo or screenshot Not a puzzle shop, of course, but you can also find lots of puzzles here, including rare or old ones. Search for "rubik" and also have a look at national ebay sites, not only ebay.com (or use the advanced search to search worldwide).
Rubik's
  (website)
Canada
photo or screenshot The standard Rubik's puzzles and accessoires and good prices. Unfortunately they apparently chose the worst international shipping method known to man, as what they offer is extremely slow and expensive. Makes me think they just don't want to send outside of North America.
Puzzle Shop
  (website)
Germany
photo or screenshot In Germany. Sells lots of puzzles, has a nice online puzzle museum, shows wonderful special puzzles made by Jürgen Brandt.
Cubikon
  (website)
Germany
photo or screenshot In Germany. Apart from cubes of several sizes, has some nice specialties (e.g. quadriple 2x2, rainbow cube). Also sells at eBay, worth a look.
Puzzles Downunder
  (website)
Australia
photo or screenshot In Australia. Besides Rubik puzzles they have some nice specialties, e.g. the Chromosix Ball. Click on 'Brain Teaser Puzzles', then on 'Rubik's Style Puzzles'.
Puzzle Me This
  (website)
USA
photo or screenshot Many puzzles of different sources, e.g. K-Ball, CrossTeaser, BackSpin, TwinSpin. Click on 'Manipulative & 3-D' under 'Puzzles'. They also have a real world shop, look above on this page.
De Kubuswinkel
  (website)
Netherlands
photo or screenshot Some Rubik and Eastsheen cubes and some other puzzles and thinking games.
SeriousPuzzles
  (website)
USA
photo or screenshot Some Rubik puzzles, CrossTeaser, Brainstring and many less twisty puzzles.

Nice

Name, Picture Address, Description
Hamleys
  (website)
188-196 Regent Street, London W1R 6BT, England
photo or screenshot Biiig toy store, five floors I think. On first floor they have a puzzle section, carrying mostly some Mefferts puzzles and the Rubiks.com 3x3 (see picture).
Games & Puzzles
  (website)
Green Street 6, Cambridge CB2 3JU, Tel (01223) 355188, England
photo or screenshot Some Mefferts and Rubiks puzzles, other puzzles and games (and juggling and Magic cards?). I got a Megaminx for 8 pounds here! Too bad they only had one left. Haven't talked much with them but they seem to be cool people judging by the reviews they got (see link). Update: According to a reviewer, it was unfortunately closed.
Lingards Games
  (website)
7 Rose Crescent, Cambridge CB2 3LL, Tel (01223) 363257, England
photo or screenshot No twisty puzzles when I was there, but nice other puzzles and games. And they're around the corner of "Games & Puzzles".
Kinderkiste
  (website)
Wettergasse 8, 35037 Marburg, Tel +49 6421 66104, Fax +49 6421 64720, Germany
photo or screenshot Sells some regular Rubik's puzzles, the 2x2, 3x3, 3x3 keychain, Magic, Snake. But I love this store because they have cheap but very good Skewbs ;-) They also have wooden puzzles, magic stuff etc...
Speel en Leer
  (website)
Oude Langendijk 3, 2611 GK Delft, +31 15 215 78 30, Netherlands
photo or screenshot Nice store. When I was there they had several twisty puzzles including the Skewb. Thanks to Ton Dennenbroek and Jaap Scherphuis for infos. Another link and one more.
H.D. van der Meijden
  (website)
Nachtegaalstraat 41, 3581 AC Utrecht, Tel 030-2314629, Netherlands
photo or screenshot Jaap Scherphuis says "Have snooker/billiards equipment, many games, and a fair selection of puzzles, some of which are unusual and expensive".
Abacus 7-9 Gibson Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G12 8NU, Tel 0141 342 4300, Scotland, UK
photo or screenshot Sander Hendrickx says "I bought a homer head and a rubik's revenge there. They also had a nice collection of wooden crafted puzzles and quite some chess boards. And of course the normal boardgames (like 20 different versions of monopoly) it's a small store with a nice owner with a beard".
Into The Wind
  (website)
1408 Pearl Street, Boulder CO, USA
photo or screenshot Half of the store is devoted to kites. But not front or back, but everything hanging from the ceiling. They also have everything for frisbee sport, yoyos without end, and several tables with puzzles (including Rubik's 2x2-5x5), mind benders, puzzle games. Thanks to Boris Konrad for the info.
It's Your Move
  (website)
1219 Pearl Street, Boulder CO, USA
photo or screenshot Toy store with puzzles (including Rubik's 2x2-5x5), puzzle books, juggling stuff, collectors and role playing games. Thanks to Boris Konrad for the info.

Stefan Pochmann
Last modified: December 24 2009, 01:31:30