Ikea internationally

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lisianthus Tue 05-Mar-13 01:33:03

We went to Ikea in Perth recently and I was struck by some of the differences to the one we used to go to (Lakeside, in Essex). In particular, I hadn't realised that the cafe would be so different. There was sushi, which seems to now be a child's menu staple here, and a lot more salads, as well as a lot more people to help throughout the store (which was great, actually).

It got me wondering- what is your local Ikea like? Do German ones serve noodles and dumplings and the French ones have a huge list of cakes for example?

DXBMermaid Sat 13-Apr-13 09:44:08

In the Dubai one there is a voice that comes over the tanoy that explains the concept of Ikea. I.e. that is it is self-service and why things are flatpacked etc.

The restaurant also serves things like Biryani and lots of hummos in the salad bar.

There are also guys who will pack your shopping for you... Which I usually prefer to do myself.

ripsishere Wed 27-Mar-13 03:56:51

Well, I'm back. I got some curtains, a long picture frame thing for DD, a shower tidy and had some curry puffs.

That was long!

Like this thread! smile

When we lived in Bulgaria our nearest ikea was in Thessaloniki in northern Greece. A four hour drive away. Plus however long it took to get through the border. Bulgaria wasn't in the EU then. So ikea trips were part of overnight trips away and we would also go to French supermarkets and marks and spencer.

We also holidayed in northern Greece a lot and would factor in a trip to ikea on the way home. Twice we got caught out with holy days. Where the shops shut. Very frustrating!!!

Can't remember much about the food in the Greek one.

Used ikea in Budapest a lot. I used to go midweek after dropping DS at school. Never very busy then. I assumed the food was fairly standard ikea food. Meatballs obv.

I love their Xmas stuff - still have lots of their Xmas lights. A big heart shaped wreath and some sort of curtains of lights that we put up in the French windows.

Have been to the Bristol one now a few times too.

Trying to wean ourselves off ikea furniture now though. Although the spare bedroom and DS's room are totally ikea. Feel a trip coming on! I'm sure I must need something. And even if I don't actually need anything you can guarantee I will end up buying lots!

ripsishere Wed 27-Mar-13 02:04:37

Well, I'm just off to the KL one if anyone needs anything...

13loki Tue 26-Mar-13 14:39:18

The one near me in Sweden is very similar to the Warrington one. Meatballs are back. The kids meals include an ice cream, I never noticed that in England. Oh, and it's more expensive here! But gift cards from the UK work here, but IKEA family cards don't!

WallyBantersJunkBox Mon 25-Mar-13 12:28:20

Not such a crazy idea, I have a friend who is making his way round the TK Maxx branches of the world!!

lisianthus Mon 25-Mar-13 11:41:55

Yum. I love German and Swiss food. <furiously pencils in "Ikea world tour" as a retirement idea> It will be interesting selling that one to DH.

ripsishere Sat 23-Mar-13 22:08:39

I've never been there, but a couple I know who are having a baby in May are moving there soon because of it's greenery and family friendliness.
I was also speaking to a man who had lived there. He moved out because he wanted to be nearer KL. He is recently married, no plans for children. Fool.

teddymummy Sat 23-Mar-13 18:47:14

Hi ripishere, my husband is coming over to check out the housing in June. Looking at desa park city, what do you think of the areas there, do you know which parts are good for families. I have 3dc aged between 7 + 10. Thanks x

ripsishere Fri 22-Mar-13 00:37:14

Do teddymummy. Can't promise to kniw evrything, but I do know some knowledge.

teddymummy Thu 21-Mar-13 20:33:07

Thanks ripishere, will try to do that. Should pick your brains really about lots of things with our impending move...August time.

WallyBantersJunkBox Thu 21-Mar-13 12:47:48

The Swiss ones do serve exra Swiss meals from time to time.

In our local Basel one:

We have a salad bar for side salad or salad bowls. There are also pre-made salads and sandwiches and soups.

The main course still consists of the meatball with chips or mash combo (not boiled potatoes like Croydon).
You can buy a full plate of chips on it's own. (Which many families share)
Other meals I have seen are:
Egli fillets (fish) and chips
Spagetti bolognese
Spagetti neopolitan
Schnitzel with a mushroom sauce
Spargel which is like a Holy food in the Germanic countries
Couscous and veg

For the cakes they have the usual Daim, princess cake, apple pie things but they have added some German tastes - Bieneschnitte (spelt wrong), Berliner, and sometimes some Swiss sweet breads - Scnecker and Hase shaped.

Alcohol of course.

And the 1chf hotdog on the way out next to the donut lady (4 berliners for 2chf)(teeny)

<<eats out far too much in IKEA due to Swiss prices!

MrsMills Wed 20-Mar-13 06:01:15

Strangely, IKEA here in Stockholm now has massive Swedish food market. It just used to sell Italien food.

The cafe is always heaving. You see all sorts in there, business meetings, workmen, lots of families, plenty of dads on pappaledig ( paternity leave).

Can't really remember what the UK ones are like to compare.

ripsishere Wed 20-Mar-13 05:47:35

Not the ones in KL. There was a 20 sen a ball promotion last week to celebrate (around 4p)

MoetEtPantsOn Wed 20-Mar-13 05:17:31

*meat here not near here

MoetEtPantsOn Wed 20-Mar-13 05:17:02

Wait. The meatballs have horse in them? I've been all smug about near here being unaffected. But there's a bag of those in the freezer...

ripsishere Wed 20-Mar-13 05:06:53

Teddymummy, go during the day or on a weekday evening. AVOID school holidays and weekends like the plague.
My mild mannered DH almost came to blows with someone a couple of weeks ago.

Missymoomum Wed 20-Mar-13 01:58:11

I'm feeling very homesick at the moment and love the fact that Ikea is the one place where i can go that i can almost fool myself into thinking that i'm home (as long as i don't look too hard at the contents of the beds and trolleys of course wink )

teddymummy Thu 14-Mar-13 16:24:09

By the way moving to KL later this year so will certainly be visiting ikea to pick up some things for our new home, especially kids stuff.

teddymummy Thu 14-Mar-13 16:22:05

We used to visit the ikea in Riyadh just to have a coffee without having to sit behind a curtain!
It was a day out!
All the stuff was the same in the shop, and the cafe sold Arabic breakfast items I think, obviously the bacon was beef though.

Katiepoes Thu 14-Mar-13 16:15:11

The Amsterdam one had problems with people leaving kids in Smoland all day. Poor kids. Re the language - can't speak for all the Dutch ones but for Haarlem and Amsterdam - speaking to customers seems to be against the rules so I can imagine they don't require Dutch as an employee skill.

Having said that - the baby changing room in the Haarlem IKEA is lovely, and they have kid sized loos too, so well done there!

blueberry2310 Thu 14-Mar-13 11:44:59

Ha ha Savoy cabbage. I wlas in the Melbourne one too and aghast at the cost of things compared to UK.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Tue 12-Mar-13 18:48:20

I love it! A friend of mine told me she turned he back on her DS for a second and found him pooing in a demo loo in B&Q much to the amusement of the other shoppers!

jamaisjedors Tue 12-Mar-13 08:54:57

But they do sell toilets don't they?

The ones in the bathroom in our Ikea (France) are all taped up so people won't use them!

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