Aya Brackett

Whether they are small specialty stalls tucked into food markets or big epicurean halls, these six well-stocked kitchen stores are built for browsing—and planning your next feast.

August 12, 2009

Les Touilleurs, Montreal

This sleek white shop in Mile End sells a global range of gear for making the soufflés and terrines of the classic Gallic repertoire. Don’t Miss: Local craftwork, such as Mapleware scoop-shaped paddles by Québécois artisan Tom Littledeer and a ceramic mortar and pestle by Atelier Orange.

Bridge Kitchenware, Roseland, New Jersey

New Yorkers who once patronized this 63-year-old restaurant-supply company’s Manhattan location (now closed) know it’s worth the 45-minute schlep to the northeastern Jersey incarnation, a one-stop warehouse for professional-quality equipment. You can also find bakeware, bowls, glassware, and even vintage restaurant china suited for home kitchens. Don’t Miss: Bridge’s own black steel omelette pans, once favored by loyal customer Julia Child.

Culinaire, San Francisco

In the gastronomically focused Ferry Building Marketplace, Culinaire is where you can sift through generations-old antiques: butcher blocks and pot racks, cheese-making equipment, oyster plates and asparagus cradles, hand-cranked coffee grinders, and eel forks. Don’t Miss: A bone-handled corkscrew for that side trip to Napa.

E. Dehillerin, Paris

This First Arrondissement spot is the ne plus ultra of haute cookware. The staff can be chilly, but if you show an appetite for petite tartlet rings and copper turbot kettles from Normandy, the temperature swiftly rises. Look for paring knives from Déglon and steel whisks large enough to whip up a king-size gâteau. Don’t Miss: The brass duck press and hâtelets (decorative skewers) adorned with flying pigs, roosters, and rabbits.

David Mellor, London

On the corner of a fashionable square, David Mellor has been stocking London’s most elegant kitchens with house-brand tableware for 40 years. The basement showroom is dedicated to serious gadgets (potato ricers; poultry shears; cast-iron scales) and serving accessories (cocktail shakers; rosewood salad spoons), while the street-level display features Mellor’s own line of carbon and stainless-steel knives, among other artisanal options. Don’t Miss: Sarah Petherick’s elegant buffalo-horn citrus press and egg spoons.

Sugimoto Cutlery, Tokyo

Sushi chefs who arrive at the crack of dawn for the finest-grade tuna and yellowtail in the massive, centrally located Tsukiji-Jogai Market head to Sugimoto, sandwiched between other specialty stalls, to have their knives professionally honed. Sugimoto knives are hand-forged and tempered from Japanese steel and designed for highly specific tasks, such as slicing the famously lethal fugu, filleting eels, and chopping soba noodles. Western and Chinese-style knives are also available. Don’t Miss: Three grades of whetstones to keep your new takohiki sashimi knife razor sharp.

Les Touilleurs

Proof that Montreal is an epicurean’s dream: this exquisitely ordered kitchenware store in Outremont’s poshest shopping neighborhood. The marble counters are piled with gleaming gourmet equipment, including Italian-made Guzzini serving spoons with mod yellow handles, Revol French culinary pottery, and Quebecer Tom Littledeer’s austere maple cooking paddles. After doubling its size in 2005, it now offers in-store cooking classes from local chefs.

Bridge Kitchenware

New Yorkers who once patronized this 63-year-old restaurant-supply company’s Manhattan location (now closed) know it’s worth the 45-minute schlep to the northeastern Jersey incarnation, a one-stop warehouse for professional-quality equipment. You can also find bakeware, bowls, glassware, and even vintage restaurant china suited for home kitchens. Don’t miss: Bridge’s own black steel omelette pans, once favored by loyal customer Julia Child.

Culinaire

Given its location steps from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, it's fitting that Culinaire maintains its narrow focus on farm-to-table antiques. Wooden shelves, tables and china cabinets showcase neatly arranged items, many sourced from estate and barn sales in France, and as ready for service today as they were generations ago. Gleaming copper pots, timeworn cheeseboards, hand-cranked coffee grinders, and heirloom tableware are among the finds displayed next to objets from field and stream, including grape baskets, or—for the fish-it-yourself foodie—dangerous-looking eel forks.

E. Dehillerin

Not for the culinary faint of heart, this 200-year-old kitchen supply store caters to serious cooks, home chefs, and foodies. Look for the hunter green façade close to Metro Les Halles and prepare for an abundance of copper pots and stainless steel gadgets. In this shop stocked with tools galore, the multi-lingual staff espouses the benefits of various woods in a rolling pin, Swedish footwear, and miniature cake forms. The atmosphere is decidedly old school—there are catacombs of disorganized, dusty inventory displayed on wooden racksbut it works for this family business devoted to the French kitchen culture.

David Mellor

This London shop has been stocking London’s most elegant kitchens with house-brand tableware for 40 years. The basement showroom is dedicated to serious gadgets (potato ricers; poultry shears; cast-iron scales) and serving accessories (cocktail shakers; rosewood salad spoons), while the street-level display features Mellor’s own line of carbon and stainless-steel knives, among other artisanal options. Don’t miss: Sarah Petherick’s elegant buffalo-horn citrus press and egg spoons.

Sugimoto Cutlery

Sushi chefs who arrive at the crack of dawn for the finest-grade tuna and yellowtail in the massive, centrally located Tsukiji-Jogai Market head to Sugimoto, sandwiched between other specialty stalls, to have their knives professionally honed. Sugimoto knives are hand-forged and tempered from Japanese steel and designed for highly specific tasks, such as slicing the famously lethal fugu, filleting eels, and chopping soba noodles. Western and Chinese-style knives are also available. Don’t miss: Three grades of whetstones to keep your new takohiki sashimi knife razor sharp.

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