Hotel Equipment Market
Hotel supply stores are usually membership-only deals, where restaurateurs and other professional F&B folks fork over annual fees to gain access to wholesale prices for industrial-grade kitchen equipment. This is not the case in Shanghai, where the huge Hotel Equipment Market opens its doors to everyone from amateur home cooks to James Beard Award winners. Here, a foodie can shop aisles of champagne flutes, deep fat fryers, and bento boxes alongside Shanghai’s Michelin-starred chefs. There are great deals to be had on everything from serious knives to the same big bamboo steam baskets used by street dumpling vendors.