(SPOT.ph) If you’re a big IKEA fan, you’ve probably been counting down the days till IKEA finally opens in the Philippines (we’ve been at it since 2016). What makes it even more exciting is knowing that it’s going to be the largest IKEA store in the world! We already know that their online store is set to open in July while the physical store is slated to open nine weeks after that, which is sometime between September and October. While we patiently wait for the moment we can finally browse to our hearts' content and have a taste of their famous meatballs, we’ve put together a list of some of the largest and must-visit IKEA stores around the world to tide you over—or make you even more excited!
These are the IKEA stores around the world worth adding to your bucket list:
IKEA Kungens Kurva, Stockholm, Sweden
It only makes sense for IKEA fans to add the furniture brand’s Kungens Kurva store in Skärholmen, Stockholm, on their bucket list—it’s their largest (and their flagship) store in the whole of Sweden after all. Oh, and wouldn’t you want a taste of the OG Swedish meatballs? The store has been around for 56 years and currently is the second largest in the world, the first being in South Korea.
IKEA Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi, South Korea
IKEA’s Gwangmyeong store in South Korea is their first and largest store in the country. The store has three floors of parking and two floors of office and retail spaces; in the latter, you can check out 65 showrooms, shop nearly 9,000 home products, and indulge in some of IKEA’s popular Swedish dishes as well as Korean meals. Fun fact: This store is as big as the Louvre museum at 59,000 square meters!
IKEA Brent Park, Wembley, London
If you ever find yourself in London, you might want to make a beeline for IKEA’s Wembley (more popularly known as Brent Park) location. It’s the largest store in the U.K. spanning at about 31,000 square meters and their multi-level parking gives you a view of the Wembley Stadium’s arch.
IKEA Lichtenberg, Landsberger Allee, Berlin, Germany
It’s interesting to know that while IKEA originated in Sweden, the country with the most IKEA stores is actually Germany—53 stores, to be exact—and the largest is the 43,000-square meter IKEA Landsberger Allee, which makes it the second largest IKEA store in Europe, following IKEA Kungens Kurva in Stockholm.
IKEA Museum, Älmhult, Sweden
Trust us when we say that you wouldn’t want to miss the IKEA Museum located in Älmhult, Sweden—it stands where the very first IKEA store opened way back in 1958 so you could say that this place is truly the heart of IKEA. While this is technically a museum where you can learn about the Swedish furniture brand’s history (and even view room settings from different decades), it also houses a museum shop where you can get your hands on unique IKEA pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. And yes, you can enjoy their popular meatballs here, too!
IKEA ReTuna Shopping Centre, Eskilstuna, Sweden
In the last quarter of 2020, IKEA opened a second-hand pop-up store in Eskilstuna, Sweden—the world’s first—in line with the Swedish furniture brand’s goal to become a more sustainable, “circular business” by 2030. You can find the IKEA second-hand shop in ReTuna Shopping Centre—a popular shopping spot for those who prefer buying second-hand goods in order to live more sustainably. While this isn’t a permanent store, it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re currently located in this part of the world. We’re crossing our fingers that they bring this concept in other parts of the world, too!
IKEA Damansara, Malaysia
In Southeast Asia, IKEA Damansara in Malaysia is where you can experience their brand-new vending machines where you can conveniently get your hands on spare parts for your DIY furniture, IKEA’s iconic Frakta bags, and—yup, you guessed it—their famous Swedish snacks without having to queue at the checkout counters.
IKEA Bang Yai, Thailand
IKEA Bang Yai is currently the largest IKEA store in Southeast Asia at 50,278 square meters and it’s got some features you won’t find in any other branch. For example, it houses two cafés—a classic IKEA restaurant and a second one called HEM which serves healthy Swedish food. It’s located on the mezzanine which overlooks the furniture showrooms, so you can grab a bite while people-watching.
IKEA Goyang, South Korea
As it turns out, two of the largest IKEA stores in the world are located in South Korea. Following IKEA Gwangmyeong’s 59,000-square meter shop is IKEA Goyang’s 51,199 square-meter shopping space. While the two stores carry similar product lines, you can expect their store layouts to be different because they’re specially designed to cater to their respective regions’ demographics. IKEA Goyang, for example, has more families with children in their teens so you will find a section dedicated to teenagers.
IKEA Harajuku, Japan
In 2020, IKEA opened their very first compact store in the heart of Tokyo. IKEA Harajuku is situated right across the Harajuku station, making it very accessible to tourists and city dwellers. What sets this small-sized IKEA store apart from its compact size (it’s about 10% the size of your typical IKEA store and has two levels) is that each has a checkout counter as well as an exit, which means the store layout veers away from IKEA’s familiar maze-like design with one entrance and exit. Don’t worry, you can still find a café on the second level of the shop and while you won’t find their famous Swedish meatballs, you can get a taste of sweet and savory Swedish flatbread which you won’t find anywhere else!