Ikea internationally

(60 Posts)
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?

Appart from the horse meatballs which have now ben removed from the shelves in hong kong, on the menu: hotdogs, caramelised chicken wings and a sort of potato hotcake.

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Tue 05-Mar-13 02:08:42

The one in Edmonton, Canada is no different from the one in Leeds.

SavoyCabbage Tue 05-Mar-13 02:09:51

That's funny because the one I go to in Melbourne is exactly the same as the one in Nottingham I used to go to. Except instead of fish and chips, there is schnitzel. And everything is three times as expensive of course. grin

NatashaBee Tue 05-Mar-13 02:12:35

Been to the Michigan one, same as the UK except it didn't sell Kopparberg.

howcomes Tue 05-Mar-13 02:13:09

The Coventry one is streets ahead of the ones in Toronto, no tasty chocolate or Swedish fish sweets, no pear cider, no nothing except meatballs, hotdogs and ice cream.

Naoko Tue 05-Mar-13 02:22:21

In Holland they do a lot of cold smoked or cured fish, salads and sandwiches. Also delicious chicken satay with peanut sauce and chips. Lots of cake too.

TheCatInTheHairnet Tue 05-Mar-13 02:29:20

The one in Paramus NJ is just like a British one, except for they've dropped those yummy round tubes of chocolates and don't sell Diam bars.

Isthiscorrect Tue 05-Mar-13 02:50:45

The one in Dubai sells schwarmas, otherwise it the same with the exception of the bargain corner which is shite. The curtain making section is brill, 2 day turnaround.

Labootin Tue 05-Mar-13 04:20:36

The Dubai one also delivers and ASSEMBLES free if you have a minimum spend (which IRRC is about £80)

Labootin Tue 05-Mar-13 04:22:31

I've never bothered with the ikea cafe tbh .. My trip is straight in and out have mastered the art of the weird shortcuts.

Shanghaidiva Tue 05-Mar-13 04:47:11

China - chicken wings, still have the horse meatballs, special chinese dish every week.
the real difference is here the parents tuck their children up in the beds for an afternoon sleep and then doze in the chair next to them.

KLdragon Tue 05-Mar-13 07:04:04

Whenever I think of the Ikea cafe in Dubai I always think of that table rage story where a couple of emerati guys attacked a Canadian couple for sitting on what they perceived as their table. It was a terrible story the canadian woman who was pregnant at the time ended up with a broken jaw!!!
Haven't ventured to the Ikea cafe in KL yet (always looks really busy though , Malays love their food) but will be there on Thursday so will check out the menu then

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Tue 05-Mar-13 07:12:49

France - a large selection of cakes and wine!

ripsishere Tue 05-Mar-13 07:49:08

YY, same in Switzerland wine with your horse balls?
The KL one has similar main courses, but the snacks include curry puffs rather than folded pizza that they have in Belgium. Hotdogs are a staple in every single Ikea I've been in.
The KL one gives you raw onion as well as ketchup and mustard.

DolomitesDonkey Tue 05-Mar-13 09:03:41

My husband works in a Dutch one and one day we met an American from Michigan who travels the world visiting ikea. For fun. grin

Horse ball verdict here met with giant shrugs "what's the big deal? We eat horse in the Netherlands".

DolomitesDonkey Tue 05-Mar-13 09:06:35

Fwiw, if anyone wants a part-time job and doesn't speak the local language they seem to have a flexible policy. My husband has worked with a South African, Irish , German etc. and even the manager doesn't speak Dutch. The lady who runs the "posh coffee bar" is a Brummie - although am reliably informed her Dutch is flawless.

HRH008 Tue 05-Mar-13 09:08:02

The one in Munich is just like the ones in London, sorry, no extra dumplings here! Though we do have Brezn`(soft doughy pretzels).

fussychica Tue 05-Mar-13 16:55:03

The one in Murcia (Spain) is very similar to the one in Bristol and unfortunately still about an hour or more from where I live.
Not used the cafe in Bristol for anything but coffee so can't comment on the food.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Tue 05-Mar-13 17:21:10

Ooh, good to know Dolomites

BikingViking Tue 05-Mar-13 23:18:18

The ones in Copenhagen don't have a 'Swedish Shop' where you can buy groceries (which is fair enough really - Sweden is only 20 minutes away and most of the stuff in there can be bought in normal supermarkets anyway) and 10 years ago, the one in Gentofte, Copenhagen used to have a coloured theme of red and white rather than blue and yellow (it's now blue and yellow, can't remember when it changed). You can also borrow a free trailer to take your goods home - either one for the car or one for your bike grin

Food is pretty similar to UK, although probably more open sandwiches here.

I did notice that the little play stand things for children dotted around the shop have touch screen kid's games on them in Denmark, but in the UK, they just seem to have 3 sides of non-computer games (for want of a better word).

I remember when my parents lived in Germany, my mum always harping on about how most of the flatpack stuff there was only available in certain wood colours (she called it <ahem> baby poo colour) rather than the pale / white/stained wood colours you often find in Scandinavia. Can also remember a friend in the States saying that the drawers in cupboards there are bigger than the same drawers for the same cupboards in Europe? Not sure how much I believe that one though - if they just seemed bigger or she actually measured them and compared.

Think they also adapt their bedding accordingly - we have a weird mix of UK, German and Danish Ikea bedding with different pillow cover sizes (massive squares for German, smaller squares for Danish and rectangles for the British).

BikingViking Tue 05-Mar-13 23:19:23

Bloody hell - scuse the novel, I have obviously way overthought this blush grin

ripsishere Wed 06-Mar-13 00:07:57

Not overthougt, clearly just an Ikea lover.
It never ceases to amaze me that I've bought the same ironing board in four different countries and they are all the same <needs to get out more>

lisianthus Wed 06-Mar-13 00:27:51

Wow. i am thinking the Michigan guy might have the right idea. The Dubai one sounded like the King of Ikea what with the schwarma and putting together, but the fight club aspect puts me off.

Holland sounds pretty fabulous!

Missymoomum Wed 06-Mar-13 03:04:41

I can't remember what king of food the one in Beijing serves but i know it's pretty similar to the Nottingham, Warrington and Wednesbury ones i've been to in the UK. I also love the fact that you can all their lovely biscuits and sauces from there smile . The most amusing thing though about going to the one here is the fact that the locals like to go as a day out and can be found sleeping on the sofas, in the beds etc and their children are tucked up in cots or trolleys lined with cushions!!

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Wed 06-Mar-13 06:23:48

Bloody hell Missymoomum good job Ikea don't sell toilets, otherwise the locals would be on them too shock grin

Missymoomum Wed 06-Mar-13 08:18:48

You may laugh TAE, but some of them probably would shock grin !!!!!

Weissdorn Wed 06-Mar-13 08:25:41

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Salbertina Wed 06-Mar-13 08:27:17

Sweet FA on the Ikea front here, shame..

Weissdorn Wed 06-Mar-13 08:29:58

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BertieBotts Wed 06-Mar-13 08:33:54

I love the idea of the Chinese Ikea being full of sleeping children grin

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Wed 06-Mar-13 09:07:08

Or cats, like the advert....

Merlion Wed 06-Mar-13 09:24:53

The Singapore one also has curry puffs and there is a choice of ketchup, mustard or chilli sauce for your hot dog. They also have a new 'animal' soft toy for Chinese New Year (although that may be the same elsewhere) so the DCs now have a snake each. No horse in the meatballs here apparently smile.DH used to hate the Croydon one with a passion - he doesn't mind the one here for some reason.

flatbread Wed 06-Mar-13 09:33:48

So cute that the Chinese ones have children sleeping on the beds! smile

In France, they serve only at lunch ti e and you can have a proper five course meal. There are starters like smoked salmon, a variety of mains, choice of salads, cheeses, desserts and of course, wine.

Alligatorpie Wed 06-Mar-13 10:43:58

I read an article about IKEA in China having a huge problem of people making IKEA a day trip - bringing picnics and eating at the displays, napping etc. That has to be frustrating for the staff.

The Cairo one is about 2 years behind in their opening. I cannot wait for them to open.

Most of the IKEA's I have been in have been the same.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 )

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.

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...

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

*meat here not near here

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)

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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!!

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!

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

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

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!

That was long!

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.

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.

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