So much of our daily life is often spent in the kitchen. From prepping a family dinner to whipping up a quick breakfast on the way to work, our day often starts and ends there. Toronto is home to some of the best kitchen supply stores around. Some of them known for their dirt cheap prices, some for their kitschy gadgets and others for their high tech (and sometimes high cost) accessories. From Yonge and Eglinton to Parkdale to the Distillery District (and more), we’ve got you covered on the best and brightest accessories for your kitchen, no matter your budget.
This Distillery District shop carries a massive range of accessories for your home and kitchen. With 6000 feet of space, you’re sure to find something for yourself, your dad or your best friend. They also offer gift registry, so pop by to sign up so you can kit out your house with the coolest gear.
With a wide range of home furnishings and vintage home accessories, Blackbird Vintage is a great place to stop by and get old apothecary bottles to decorate your counters, vintage letter blocks (to spell out food-related words in the window) and old restaurant signs. Also located in the Distillery District, stop by after hitting Bergo.
Queen West’s local bar scene can be brought home with you thanks to BYOB. This drinking-focused store has everything you need for your next party or nightcap needs. Stop by and check out their vintage glassware, booze related books and more.
Cry If I Want To
Nearly as important as the food you’re eating is what you’re serving it on. Cry If I Want To has a wide range of fun serveware. From classic shapes to pop-art phrases on plates, you will always be able to smile with their offerings.
This uptown standby carries high quality home accessories and also offers gift registry. A walk by the store will reveal an often filled (but organized) window display of the coolest things they’re carrying right now – from bakeware to coffee makers.
Top Pick: Nespresso Coffee Machine
Top Picks: Aunt Falcon enamelware, Midas Cutlery
Hacher & Krain
This knife supplier will set you up with a sharp tool from a range of international sources. With great selection and a beautifully simple store, this is a great spot to find yourself a beautiful knife in any price range.
Top Picks: Any French Sabatier knife on offer
Located right across from St. Lawrence Market, High-Tech is the perfect place to make a stop on a Saturday after you go grocery shopping. They have a wide offering of products for everyone in your family, most of which have modern, clean lines.
This housewares shop features a ton of different lines and has some great basics as well as items with a bit of flair. With a blog that gets updated every few days it’s easy to see what new stock is arriving at the store.
This Toronto institution is known for its fun, wild home accessories. The store carries brand name products and various tsotchkes at bargain prices, making them accessible to any budget.
Top Pick: Well priced Mason jars
The selection at iQ Living is amazing: from funky cleaning supplies to sleek electric kettles, they have all of your needs covered. Located on the Danforth, this can become an afternoon trip followed by delicious Greek food from the neighbourhood.
I Saw That On TV
The name of this shop explains itself - they carry a massive range of “As Seen on TV” items so you can set yourself up with some Shamwow, a Slap Chop and the like. The store is located at 39 Orfus Rd and is can easily reached by bus or car!
Top Pick: Flavourwave Turbo
This studio/gallery/store is fully stocked with toys, books, jewellery and more. Passing by, many find it surprising that Magic Pony has a large array of housewares available – but you can rest assured that all of the pieces available reflect as much unique character as the other items they carry.
Located at Queen and Bathurst, Neat carries a wide range of home and kitchen accessories. All of their products have sleek, clean lines and they have a range of fun items that mix form and function.
Nella Cutlery typically services strictly the food industry (not individual shoppers), but two of its outposts, Nella Cucina (Bathurst St.) and Nella Cutlery (Queen St. E) welcomes all visiters. With professional quality merchandise, you can’t go wrong here (but be prepared to spend a little extra money if you’re buying directly from the store instead of waiting it out for their spontaneous factory sales).
Often forgotten to have some of the best little kitchen accessories (and the most hilarious magnets), both of Outer Layer‘s stores are fully stocked with the coolest of cool. Think: moustaches stickers to put on wine glasses. Need I say more?
Located in the heart of Yorkville, Rolo (Realm of Ludicrous Objects) carries enough items to keep you wandering for hours. Don’t let the neighbourhood fool you – it is definitely possible to pick out a few items here without breaking the bank!
Known for its wicked home accessories, Studio Brillantine has items for your kitchen too! Located in Parkdale this West end hot spot is a great source to get some interesting items not only for your own home, but as a gift for friend.
Much like Honest Ed’s, this Chinatown hub is massive and full of mostly inexpensive and decent quality items. From bamboo serving bowls to iron woks, this family owned store has everything you need under one roof.
Tosho Knife Arts
Opened by two local foodies with a passion for Japanese knives, Tosho caters to a varied clientele. Not only do they have a great selection of knives, but this store also offers lessons in knife sharpening, maintenance and more.
Top Pick: Classes in basic knife maintenance run at least twice monthly. Check it out!