Our Favorite Housewares and Kitchen Shops
There are certain housewares shops that ignite that visceral reaction of: "We want all of the things."
Their appeal speaks to the power of curation: Browsing these shops, we find ourselves mentally lining our shelves and restocking our larders. They give us the feeling that just by being there, we're somehow making our homes, and our lives, a little bit more perfect.
Step inside one and you may never want to leave.
Los Angeles, CA
If your aesthetic is more MoMa than Etsy, stock your drawers with Fitzsu's practical flatware and silverware. Choose from colorful Uzbek-inspired plates from Tsé et Tsé and smooth Eno Piccolo beechwood snack bowls at the Venice store, whose lofty manifesto is: "We don't want to sell everything, only the things we believe in."
Exclusive collaborations (R. Murphy reclaimed pecan carbon steel knives, Provisions lunch notes from InkSpots), one-of-a-kind vintage copper bowls and shakers, hard-to-find food journals: Much like their recipes, Food52's online boutique is a treasure trove of inspiration.
Wood takes the form of broad cutting boards, serving trays, cookbook holders and striking bowls of all shapes and sizes--many of which are made from reclaimed pieces--at this Anderson design shop. Locally made ceramics, tea towels, food books by Chicago authors and stylish canvas aprons are on hand, too.
Placemats, pizza plates, bowls, baskets and cotton aprons galore at West Elm
This cream-colored pantry paradise is as much a must-stop on any food lover's tour of Montreal as Joe Beef or Au Pied de Cochon. There's something calming about admiring the open shelves stacked with a perfectly edited collection of cocottes and cookbooks. Maplewood spatulas from Quebec native Tom Littledeer come in an astonishing range of sizes, all available in left- and right-handed versions.
San Francisco, CA
As tiny as March is, you could spend an afternoon in calm reverie, pondering the eclectic mix of the pristine and the earthy curated by owner Sam Hamilton, including vintage baskets, sinuous wooden spoons, sturdy classic Aga stoves (she's an authorized dealer) and Brickett Davda tableware.
You can practically live in one of food stylist Johanna Lowe's stunning tablescapes. In her curated online marketplace, she sells many of her finest tools--vintage plates, tumblers, trays and flatware--sourced from antique markets.
This 9,700-square-foot restaurant, café and market is stocked by founder Cindy Daniel with "things that are functional as well as beautiful, and have stories to them." That means salvaged-wood cutting boards, platters made by Northern California artisans and wooden tortilla presses carved by local students. Don't leave without M.H. Bread & Butter's levain.
Oversized, raw wood boards and a retro SMEG fridge from West Elm
Westport, CT and Glen Mills, PA
Like Disneyland for home-, kitchen- and garden-loving folks, with a garden center, a restaurant, workshops and impeccable design. Merchandise stretches from classic Jadeite glass from Ohio's Mosser Glass to the world's most beautiful marshmallow roaster. Another brick-and-mortar location in Philadelphia adds to the fantasy.
Thousand Pound Egg
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Karen Gavrilov packs every square inch of her compact Fort Lauderdale shop with artfully displayed food and home goods, such as Rancho Gordo beans, locally made PopNature popsicles and kitschy cantaloupe-shaped bowls. Ask Gavrilov to show you her stash of vintage cookbooks.
Tortoise General Store
Los Angeles, CA
The elegant earthenware pots and cast-iron kitchenware at this Venice design store are built to last. Owners Keiko and Taku Shinimoto will happily act as cultural ambassadors for your kitchen, curating a fascinating array of boutique Japanese home goods.
West Elm Market Brooklyn
This is not the West Elm you know. This concept store in Dumbo gathers together a range of well-curated housewares, much of it locally sourced and industrially inspired: Brooklyn Copper Cookware, Schimdt Brother's Cutlery and an exclusive collection with British cookware expert Sebastian Conran. Pastries from Roberta's sweeten the experience.
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