On this page, I want to keep a dynamic list of all our favorite kitchen shops from around the world.
If you are like me, you love roaming around a good kitchen shop. Knowing where these culinary temples are located can enhance our travel experience & help us find the tools we want or need.
Of course, you can always shop at KitchenBoy’s affiliate partners 😉 but I know how fun it can be to browse the products in person. And sometimes, you just need to see something with your eyes and hold it in your hand before you buy it.
- I don’t want to include department stores (Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Harrods, etc). The reason being that while these large corporate stores sell culinary items, they are not specialists in the culinary field.
- I will allow some Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table. Why? Because they are culinary specialists and do sell hard to find products. If they are the best/only kitchen shop in your area, its ok to submit them.
- Please do not submit fee based or limited access shops. If you need to submit a business license or fee to access the shop then it isn’t for our list here. I want only places where anyone can walk in and shop. It can be a shop for professionals but must also sell to everyday “Joe and Jane”.
- When you provide the information please submit the city, state, country, shop name, physical address, web address if they have one, and a reason you like it.
To submit a site just send me an email or leave a comment.
Original kitchen shop list:
East Hanover, NJ
Bridge Kitchenware – 49 Eagle Rock Ave., These guys used to be in Manhattan, but have moved, bummer! Still a great all around kitchen shop with a knowledgeable staff.
New York, NY
Zabars – 2245 Broadway (at 80th Street)
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 787-2000
This is one of the first and greatest culinary shops in the USA, Zabars in Manhattan, NY. Nothing really beats Zabars for its combination of food, housewares, books and well, everything culinary. It is a must visit location.
Bowery Kitchen – Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave. or 88 Tenth Ave.
Just a simple, no nonsense culinary/kitchen shop. I loved walking around the warehouse-like layout and didn’t want to leave.
Fantes – 1006 S. Ninth St., This venerable powerhouse is one of my favorite shops on the East coast. Great overall selection and good staff. Their website is great for truly hard to find kitchen tools.
La Cuisine –
323 Cameron Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3219
It has been in business as a one owner, single location shop for over 40 years. Located just south of Washington, DC in a charming, historic town, you can find a collection of the most classic tools for the kitchen. From their website, “Our goal has never been to sell trendy gadgets with dubious uses … nor has it ever been to settle for price over quality. Instead we sell products from the best manufacturers we can find in the world. We pay close attention to durability and design.” I have read many mission statements over the years, none have ever made more sense.
New kitchen shop additions:
In the order I found the shops through travel or reader input
Los Angeles, California
Surfas Restaurant Supply and Gourmet Food – 8777 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232 – Sent to me by reader Ines S. who said, “It has gourmet food and all kinds of kitchen equipment, for restaurants and the home cook.”
Their online shopping experience is found at CulinaryDistrict.com
Their hours are: Monday – Saturday 9am to 6:00pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm
I know the next time I am in L.A., I will make a beeline to Surfas!
Les Touilleurs – 152 Rue Laurier Ouest, A wonderfully complete shop in one of my favorite cities. http://www.lestouilleurs.com
Paris, France –
E. Dehllerin – 18 & 20, rue Coquillière – 1st Arr., A family business since 1820, E.Dehillerin is a timeless, classic kitchen shop. It is the inspiration for many of the culinary shops in the New World.
David Mellor – 4 Slone Square, A two level shop that makes any kitchen geek happy to browse. http://www.davidmellordesign.com
Sugimoto Cutlery – 10-2 Tsukiji 4Chome, Chou-ku, Tsukiji-Jogai Market, This is quite simply one of the world’s great cutlery only markets. Their selection of knives is awesome. They even make western style knives for those who need that classic feel. http://www.sugimoto-hamono.com
Metro Kitchen Supply – Named to International Housewares Assc. gia Award Honoree List for 2013/2014
From the award summary:
“For 16 years, MetroKitchen.com has featured products from premier brands that are devoted to equipping the home cooking enthusiast with quality tools that inspire the professional chef found within. MetroKitchen.com’s product offering is driven by a deliberate and careful selection of a curated assortment of brands. The end result is a product offering that features thoughtful design and maximum utility.
MetroKitchen.com’s cornerstone is excellent customer service taking great pride being taken in their dedication to the principle of “Treating Customers the Way You Want to Be Treated.” The online retailer takes special care to train their staff on the brands carried. Detailed information about each product is available on their website, allowing consumers to always have access to information they need to make the right choices.”
4041-A Kingston Court, This was sent in by KitchenBoy reader L. Wright. I have known Metro Kitchen as a good online source of kitchen tools, gadgets and hardware. If you are in this area, stop by and check them out.
Cook’s Warehouse was recently named Best Kitchenware Retailer in About.com’s 2012 Reader’s Choice poll. According to an article in Home World Business news, the online contest included Cook’s as well as King Arthur Flour, Bed Bath and Beyond, Sur La Table and Chef’s Catalog. A great honor for a fine kitchen shop, however they have had other honors. They were named to the International Housewares Asscociation gia Award Honoree List for 2007/2008.
Ansley Mall (Midtown)
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R (behind Pet Supermarket)
Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: 404-815-4993 / 800-499-0996
Open Monday through Saturday – 10am to 8pm
Open Sunday – 11am to 5pm
Kitchen Kaboodle – 404 N.W. 23rd Avenue (at Flanders Street)
Portland, OR 97210
This has been Portland’s go-to store for people looking to make their house a home. Kaboodle has been honored as one of the nation’s top 25 kitchen stores of the last 25 years. An excellent independent shop with a few locations in the Portland metro area. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and ready to help you solve your home culinary needs.
This shop was named to the International Housewares Asscociation gia Award Honoree List for 2009/2010.
Suffern, New York
27 Chestnut Street
Suffern, NY 10901
Phone: 877-928-4437 or 845-247-5230
TigerChef info sent in by reader Gideon, who says, “…they have a huge selection of items, from tableware to home and industrial appliances!
Every time I have a question or cannot find something on the site (very rarely) The customer service team are very knowledgeable and always provide me with the item I am looking for or an answer to the issue that I am having. ”
In The Kitchen – an award winning kitchen shop in the Strip section of Pittsburgh. My wife visited here and told me all about it upon her return. The shop pride themselves on excellent customer service from a well trained, highly knowledgeable staff. They offer a wide range of unique, high quality kitchen supplies & gourmet food items.
1725 Penn Avenue (The Strip)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Peppercorn – Located on Boulder’s historic downtown pedestrian mall, Peppercorn is a retail potpourri with an exciting array of kitchen, bath and home accessories from designers all over the world. Serious and amazing kitchen product selection!
1235 Pearl Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Cooks! – describes themselves as a kitchen retail shop where you’ll find the artistry, equipment and gadgets that help you make culinary magic happen, with a teaching kitchen featuring enjoy-it-now, fun-filled cooking classes led by our talented instructors. Located in the French Quarter, a visit here will make any kitchen shop hound a happy camper.
194 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Half Moon Bay, California
Toque Blanche – Regular reader Marcy K. was traveling in California with her husband when they stumbled upon an amazing kitchen shop called Toque Blanche. Although not hardcore culinary geeks like me, they know quality when they see it and knew upon entering and browsing around that this shop needed to be added to our list. As I looked around the company’s website I saw an impressive selection of high quality kitchen tools and equipment. Definitely a fine addition to our list and worthy of a visit if you are in the area.
604 Main St.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-2898 or (800) 936-1055
Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm
Santa Cruz, California
chefworks – A sister store to Toque Blanche above and while sharing a website, according to Toque Blanche owner Charles Nelson, “Chefworks is about twice the size (in every aspect) as Toque Blanche.” He continued, “…the two business are run separately, in part because of the great customer base that Chefworks had when it was purchased.” Chefworks serves the needs of its diverse community of professional and home chefs, and they proudly state, “we’re bound to have what you’re looking for.” I know next time I am in Santa Cruz, I will be stopping by for an extended visit.
1527 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-1351 or (800) 936-1055
Sun-Thu 10am to 6pm
Fri-Sat 10am to 9pm
Cook’s Nook – Sometimes you find cool kitchen shops in unexpected places, like your online news feed. The Roanoke Times profiled their local gem, Cook’s Nook and it looks like another worthy entry for our ever growing list. While lacking an online presence, if you find yourself in this part of Virginia, you would be well served to stop in for a browse.
622 Townside Road, Roanoke, Virginia 24014
Phone: (540) 981-2665
Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium – We met the owners of this wonderful shop at the 2014 International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago, actually had lunch with them unintentionally – I love when happy accidents occur.
As it turns out, our inadvertent lunch partners were also named to the International Housewares Asscociation gia Award Honoree List for 2013/2014. A double bonus, lunch with very nice people and the discovery of a new award winning kitchen shop for our list.
From the gia Award Summary:
“Since 1995, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium has been the culinary institution in Southeast Florida. The husband-and-wife team of Dave and Karen West have created a concept that allows customers to sample products, purchase kitchen tools and develop the cooking skills necessary to become confident home chefs. The 420 m2 (4,500 ft2) store is stocked with more than 15,000 items, including quality cookware, professional cutlery and kitchen tools.
The 93 m2 (1,000 ft2) Culinary Center, which was remodeled in 2012, offers up to 12 cooking classes each week, including demonstrations and hands-on classes as well as classes taught by celebrity chefs. Five large, flat-screen monitors and three motion-driven cameras are placed strategically in the Culinary Center to capture all the action.”
2080 Badlands Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy – While traveling through New York’s Hudson River Valley, my wife & I happened on a great kitchen shop called bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy. Artistic and visually appealing, it is stocked with quality kitchen products sure to make any cooking aficionado happy they stopped to shop.
6423 Montgomery Street, Suite 3
Rhinebeck NY 12572
Monday thru Friday 11am to 7pm
Saturday until 8pm
Sunday until 5pm
C.u.c.i.n.a is, to quote an article from Insider Italy “a serious cooking supply store, with less expert staff but the largest display of excellent cook’s tools. Chefs come here, and so do serious home cooks, plus people like me who love to be in the kitchen. Stacked up to the ceiling is the stove ware, much of which fits easily into a suitcase, including heavy weight aluminum pans by Pardini, and stainless steel Alessi and Lagostina pans.”
A quick look around their rather Spartan website indicates a truly hard core kitchen shop that stocks anything a professional or experienced home chef could want.
C.u.c.i.n.a Locations –
via mario de fiori, 65
via di parioni, 31
Emporio Libreria di Gusto – “Since 1998, it has been a concept store and bookshop in the centre of Rome dedicated to lovers of cooking and beautiful kitchenware.
This bookstore, which is the best equipped in the genre of cooking in Rome and Italy, offers a discerning selection of over 2,000 titles: cookbooks, recipe books, books on wine, desserts, regional Italian and international cuisine, foreign language recipe books, chef greats and industry magazines.
In the various corners of the space, cookbooks and objects are arranged by culinary theme. The sections dedicated to the preparation and cooking of food offer a selection of brands among the most prestigious in the world of kitchenware; aluminum, cast iron, steel and copper pans, non-stick products, stone frying pans, silicone molds and ceramic knifes.
They also boast a vast array of objects for the wine, tea and coffee lover. They are not without stylish design-focused homewares for the table, the garden and outdoor areas: crockery, cutlery, glassware, aprons, dishcloths, lanterns, candles, perfumes, little tables, lamps, trays and more.”
Emporio Libreria di Gusto Location –
Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 7 (Ara Pacis)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Cooks of Crocus Hill – more than just another small kitchen retailer, it’s a business with a heart and socially responsible conscious…
“Cooks of Crocus Hill makes an extra effort to seek out and purchase goods from small and local business whenever possible. Likewise, we support local, sustainable agriculture through our work with small family farms, The Minnesota Land Stewardship Program and a broad variety of educational events and programs. Teaching people about the connection between our planet, our diets and our health is truly one of our many passions.”
Cooks of Crocus Hill was recognized on the International Housewares Asscociation gia Award Retail Honoree List for 2012/2013. This award has been given out to a select few culinary retailers over the years; it’s no small feat to be recognized by the gia Award.
Locations – 877 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
3925 W. 50th St., Edina, Minn. -Update March 2017- After 18 years at 50th and France, Cooks is moving from Edina to Minneapolis’s North Loop neighborhood. The doors at this location close on March 18.
324 S. Main St., Stillwater, Minn.
Phone – 651-228-1333
Kitchen On The Square – This entry should be credited to Kitchenboy reader, D. Dal Lago, who sent an email that jogged my memory concerning our trip to Savannah Georgia a few years ago. As I am wont to do on vacations we take, I drag my long suffering wife into every kitchen shop we find, and our visit to Savannah was no exception.
This charming kitchen shop has all the basics one could need for cooking and baking, but with a heavy dose of whimsy and fun.
Address: 38 Barnard St, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm