Shops from LEGO | our 5 favorites for hours of shopping fun

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  December 30, 2020

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LEGO knows exactly what children find interesting and responds to this with attractive building kits. For example, every child likes to 'play shop'.

LEGO has developed various building sets where children are able to 'run' their own shop with the help of LEGO bricks and mini figures.

These sets are also important from a pedagogical point of view, because a child has to empathize with a role while playing and from that role can play with the toy in a certain way.

When children empathize in such a way, they gain insight into what a shopping center looks like, what you might encounter in it and how you should manage a shop.

This is important for the developing abstract thinking ability of children, but also for the development of empathy, so that they can also put themselves in someone else's shoes and realize the importance of this.

The best LEGO shop building kits

To give you an idea of ​​which beautiful packages exist with this theme, we have put together a top 5 with the construction sets that have been given our preference.

We looked at the price, playing options and the assessment of customers who have purchased the products.

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Which package where children can play shop is the true favorite?

That is the LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hot Dog Cart. With this pack, you can build a hot dog stand and prepare yourself for the amusement park's hungry customers.

The set includes 243 building parts and two minifigures of Stephanie and Nate, favorites from the LEGO Friends series.

Here you can quickly see how it is put together and what is included:

Another package that we really like is the LEGO Friends Heartlake Shopping Center and this one therefore deserves a nice place at number two.

It is a package that is a lot more pricey than our number one, but for which you get a lot of playing options in return.

With the help of no less than 1120 parts you build your own shopping center and with the four mini figures you can wander around all day as a customer, or as a shop owner, offer your customers the very best service.

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The best LEGO shops and combinations

LEGO hot dog stall

With this package you build your own hot dog stand. The mini figures that come with this are Stephanie and Nate in a hot dog costume. The set contains 243 construction parts.

What makes LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hot Dog Cart our favorite LEGO building kit that we can play shop with Kids will love this hot dog stand!

To encourage imaginative play, this hot dog stand features a rooftop dining area, opening roof, picture booth that you can put your head through and take a picture, a camera and a distorted mirror.

Accessories included in this pack include hot dog buns and sausages, tongs, ketchup and mustard bottles.

This building set is a great addition to Heartlake City themed LEGO products (see for example our number two) and combines easily with other LEGO Friends themed sets for maximum fun.

This is a wonderful gift for children who are completely fans of these two themes.

As mini figures, this package includes Stephanie, who owns the hot dog stand, and Nate, who in a hot dog costume encourages people to come and eat a delicious hot dog.

The package contains a total of 243 building blocks that can be used for endless fun.

The package forms a colorful whole, and is suitable for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. For the real hot dog lovers!

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Even more LEGO Friends fun with the games hall

Another package with the Friends theme from LEGO that combines well with our number one is the LEGO Friends Amusement Park Arcade.

This package together with the hot dog stand makes the amusement park even more fun!

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This set features three classic fairground games with special features: a basketball hoop with handle launch, objects can be knocked over using the water projectile gun with trigger and a game where you hit the fast frog with a hammer and knock it down. claps.

Accessory elements include an amusement park ticket, basketball and a hammer. The package includes a mini figure Mia who is dressed in a cheerful summer outfit.

The package is especially suitable for children between the ages of 6 and 12.

Another package that fits perfectly with both the LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hotdog car and the LEGO Friends Amusement Park Games Hall is the LEGO Friends Amusement Park Bumper Cars.

With this package you get two fairground attractions, a cotton candy stall and a ticket counter.

The bumper car track features stairs, a door that can be opened and closed, speakers and two cars with flags.

The 'Shaker' has three seats, a seat belt and a swing function. By means of the button you can raise the swing higher and higher to make the ride extra exciting.

The counter has a window that can be opened and closed and the cotton candy stand can be moved by means of the rotating wheels.

Accessories at the desk include a ticket, bank note, coin and MP3 player. The cotton candy stand contains a cotton candy pan and three cotton candy sticks.

Get ready for a thrilling ride in the legendary 'Shaker' with mini figure Olivia.

These fun sets combined with each other form a build and play challenge for children between the ages of 8 and 12 that is sure to stimulate the creativity and imagination of the children.

At number two LEGO Friends Heartlake Shopping Center

With this large package you build a shopping center with all the trimmings. As mini figures you get Stephanie, Emma, ​​Sophie, Julian the DJ and Lady the dog.

The package consists of 1120 parts.

Our second favorite package, the LEGO Friends Heartlake Shopping Center is more extensive than package one and therefore also a bit more pricey.

With this set you are able to build a very large shopping center, with various shops and many accessories.

The package centers around Stephanie and Emma driving to the mall in their convertible (included) for a day of shopping and fun.

The package has a very cheerful appearance with a lot of accessories to play with.

The set includes, for example, a sports shop with all the trimmings, a bridal boutique, a booth where you can have photos taken, a stand with two large wheels where bags are sold and a restaurant area where Stephanie and Emma can eat pizza.

The girls can even relax in the beauty salon! There is also a DJ in the center who plays records for the customers.

The pack contains a total of four mini figures, namely Stephanie, Emma, ​​Sophie from the beauty salon and DJ Julian.

This extensive set can be built with 1120 parts.

Expand with LEGO Heartlake Grand Hotel

Are you looking for a package that fits well with the LEGO Friends Heartlake Shopping Center? Then the LEGO Friends Heartlake Grand Hotel a very good choice.

This package is also from the LEGO Friends theme.

Have the vacation of a lifetime at the Grand Hotel in Heartlake City!

Build the Heartlake Grand Hotel with three floors, an elevator to take guests to the top floors, a rooftop pool, terrace, lobby, jazz bar, guest rooms and much more.

Since the pack contains up to five mini figures, there is a lot of room for role play.

As mini figures, the package features Andrea, Olivia, Stephanie (see also our number two favorite package), Susan, Nate (see also our number one favorite package), a dog and a cat.

The package also includes a taxi to take guests back and forth, beach chairs for the ultimate chill out vacation, jazz performers performing and a cocktail bar.

This is an extremely comprehensive package, which consists of 1552 building parts and many interesting accessories that make the hotel a paradise for its customers.

The pack is suitable for boys and girls between 8 and 12 years old.

By combining LEGO Friends Heartlake Shopping Center with LEGO Friends Heartlake Grand Hotel, your son or daughter will enjoy the LEGO packages for a long time, where numerous role-plays can be conceived and re-enacted by means of the mini figures and numerous accessories.

LEGO creators sweet treats

lego sweet treats

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This fun set features a buildable LEGO cake shop with a colorful facade, large bay window, rotating cake stand, 3 red and white striped awnings, roof terrace with seating area, cake board with cake and cake decoration, ATM, sales stand, gumball machine. and flower and cupcake decorations.

Comes with 3 minifigures: a shopkeeper and 2 customers who love cakes!

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LEGO Creator Expert dinner in town

lego dinner

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Extensive package to build a 50s style diner from LEGO. This 3-story City Diner features many LEGO brick details, including a detailed Streamline Moderne style pink and teal façade, an outside staircase, arched windows, a drainpipe, balconies, a decorative roof molding, a skylight that opening can and a roof terrace, plus a detailed sidewalk with a letterbox, parking meter, flower pots and a decorated lamp post.

Contains no less than 2480 parts!

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More buildings for the city? Also read this article about the best LEGO fire stations

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.