My Favorite Kitchen Stores

I am constantly on the lookout for the latest kitchen gadgets and tools on the market.  Whether I am vacation or at home, you will often find me in a kitchen store.  Most of us have heard or have been to home stores like Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel.  They are both nice stores and offer almost everything you can think of, but they are not necessarily the most reasonably priced stores.  Once in while, I will drop in just to take a look at what’s new, but most of the times, I will visit one of my favorite stores that I know I can count on.

Listed below are four of my favorite kitchen stores that I believe are among the best for selection, service and value.

1. Tap Phong Trading

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown district, Tap Phong is well known to the community. Jam packed with cookware, plates, cutlery and large commercial equipment, Tap Phong is a destination for restaurant owners and chefs.  The store offers a wide range of popular brands as well as Japanese and Chinese imported names.  You don’t have to be Chinese to shop here.  There are plenty of friendly assistants who speak English and are willing to direct you in your purchases.  Because the store is a wholesale distributer for restaurants, prices are relatively low for the public.  Just remember, if you are a business, let them know so you can receive wholesale prices.  Planning a kitchen makeover?  With two long rows of designs to choose from, Tap Phong is a place to purchase your new china and accessories.  Even better, volume discounts are offered from 10% to 15% for everyone.

Tap Phong Trading, 360 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2G5

2. C.A. Paradis

My one and only visit to C.A. Paradis was in 1999.  I have been longing to return, but I seldom travel that way.  The last time I have heard, people in the Ottawa region continue to speak highly of C.A. Paradis.  Upon entering the store, metro shelves line the walls which are filled with kitchenware from top to bottom.  From bakeware to glassware to linens, C.A. Paradis carries only the best.  Unlike some other restaurant suppliers, there is no intimidation here since everyone who comes through the door is greeted with a friendly smile.  This family operated business does it right.  If you can’t find something you are looking for then ask for one of the many complimentary manufacture catalogues.  Good chances, you will find it in there.  Since C.A. Paradis is a restaurant wholesaler, prices for the public are reasonably set.  So if you haven’t been there, it’s worth the visit.

C.A. Paradis, 1314 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 3Y4

3. Le Gourmet Chef

With over 50 store locations, Le Gourmet Chef is an all-in-one kitchen store offering gourmet foods including jams and spreads to cookware and cookbooks.  It’s not quite your typical kitchen store. Think Williams-Sonoma, but a much scaled down version and without any of the posh finishing touches.  However, the store offers a bit of everything at reasonable prices and is more geared for the everyday cook.  If you are fan of Calphalon cookware or are in need of high quality pots and pans, then you must take advantage of Calphalon’s Limited Time Offer deals which can be found at the store.  I have travelled to Buffalo for the sole purpose of purchasing discounted Calphalon cookware.  Don’t miss these super deals which include a special package of two non-stick fry pans (12” and 10”) for only $49.99 US.  Regular price at the Calphalon store is $275 US.

Le Gourmet Chef, Walden Galleria (Shopping Mall), Buffalo, NY 14225

Visit www.legourmetchef.com for additional locations.

4. Kitchen Arts

Since 2001, Kitchen Arts has been featured in Boston Magazine for the “Best of Boston” for cookware, kitchen supplies and most recently for kitchen gadgets.  Located in Boston’s trendy neighborhood is a small space featuring the latest kitchen gadgets including a large section of baking tools.  Here you will find a dozen different rolling pins, whisks, and piping tips that any baker or pastry cook would need.  Kitchen Arts may be slightly higher in price, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be walking out empty handed.  For the everyday cook or the aspiring chef, Kitchen Arts offers an abundance of professional knives such as Wüsthof, Forschner as well as a line of Japanese brands that include MAC, Shun, Global and Kasumi.  For a non wholesale distributer, the knives are well priced and approximately a third less than Canadian prices.  So far I have been pleased with my Kasumi sashimi knife and a santoku knife I purchased six years ago. Shop wisely and you will still find great bargains.

Kitchen Arts, 161 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

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