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The Best Kitchen Supply Stores in Toronto

Posted by Joshua / November 10, 2009

Kitchen Supply Stores TorontoThe best kitchen supply stores in Toronto aren't about simply equipping your kitchen with basic necessities; they provide well-designed solutions that make cooking at home that much easier and way more fun. Sure, big chains like Kitchen Stuff Plus, Williams Sonoma or the Calphalon Culinary Centre shouldn't be overlooked, but for those who just can't get enough of restaurant supply stores or who prefer to support local merchants, it's worth giving places on this list a try.

From Chinatown to Leslieville, these stores often have great deals; and some even offer cooking classes so you know how to use the stuff.

Here's our list of the 12 best kitchen supply stores in Toronto.

Tap Phong

Tap Phong

Tap Phong is the place to go when looking for kitchen supplies on the cheap. From restaurant-grade dishes, top quality knives, ceramics, cookware, kitchen utensils, rice cookers and bento box sets Tap Phong has it all. Oh, and if you say you're a student at George Brown they'll give you a 10% discount. More »

Good Egg

Good Egg

Perhaps my only weakness bigger than kitchen gadgets is cookbooks, which is what makes good egg a dangerous destination. The thoughtful selection of brilliant books and artful yet functional kitchen and kitchen-themed products combine to make this Kensington Market storefront an essential stop for any food lover. More »

Nella Cucina

Nella Cucina

Nella Cucina has been equipping chefs, restaurants and home cooks for over 50 years. This is the place to find all the best gear, the full line of Le Creuset and to do some chef spotting. Hit their annual (or whenever they feel like it) “factory” sale for deep discounts on amazing products. More »

IQ Living

IQ Living

Hit the Danforth's IQ living to see a huge selection of high quality - not to mention beautiful - kitchen products like stainless steel toasters and bamboo cutting boards. They also have an excellent selection of wine glasses and plates. Actually, there's stuff here for your whole home, but it's the kitchen area that's drool-inducing. They also sometimes offer group cooking classes. More »

Cayne's

Cayne's

For those who want it all - and at a minimum discount of 20% - Cayne's is the place to go. At last look a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer was on sale for $200, an almost 60% discount. Look for good quality but everyday brands (Wilton, Cuisinart, T-Fal) with a few higher end options and an extensive selection. Oh, and did I mention the prices are amazing? More »

Nikolau Restaurant Equipment

Nikolau Restaurant Equipment

A jam-packed restaurant supply store with everything you need to prepare for a dinner party or stock one of Toronto's finest restaurants. An outpouring of support and concern following the Queen West fire nearly two years ago showed just how loyal people are to Nikolau, which was minimally affected (smoke and water in basement) by that fire. More »

Cry If I Want To

Cry If I Want To

Already got the goods to cook up a fantastic dinner party but need the slick serving pieces? Run to Cry if I Want To to snag break-resistant barware, elegant table and “serve” ware and the most enviro-friendly-yet-stylish invitations. For the Martha lover who doesn't have all day to set a table. More »

Dinetz Restaurant Equipment

Dinetz Restaurant Equipment

For nearly 100 years Dinetz has taken care of restaurants, commercial kitchens and George Brown students, but that doesn't mean they don't want the rest of us to stop into their retail outpost. Just expect to want what they've got, which is everything. Complete your bar collection, cook or bake anything, you get the idea. Whatever the kitchen trouble, Dinetz has the solution. More »

Degrees

Degrees

Degrees offers nothing but the best - Staub cast-iron cookware, Nespresso coffee makers, difficult to pronounce glassware lines. Not to mention the finest knives, electrics and bakeware. But I can't get past the teas, and all the gadgets to brew said tea. Head here when you want the item you buy to be the last time you need to buy that item. More »

European Hotel & Restaurant Supply

European Hotel & Restaurant Supply

I'm pretty sure you could get lost in the 23,000 square foot showroom and not even care, moving between cooking utensils, serving pieces and seasonal specials. You may not need the convection steam or Frymaster, but the pepper mills, glassware and storage containers are durable, stylish and a great value. More »

Discussion

68 Comments

Mary / November 10, 2009 at 11:51 am
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Honest Ed's has some awesome kitchen supplies, brand names too for amazing prices. You just need to sort through the kind of crummy stuff to find the great stuff!
MerriamH / November 10, 2009 at 12:02 pm
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Kitchen Aid Stand mixer for $200 firsthand?!
must. visit. immediately.
Josh replying to a comment from Mary / November 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm
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Honest Ed's selection isn't great, but what makes not buy anything there is their no refund/exchange policy.
Adam / November 10, 2009 at 12:05 pm
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The Kitchen And Glass Place‎ at 840 Yonge Street is excellent! Great selection and prices, and the owner is helpful, with a penchant for discounting. By comparison, Nikolaou is extremely overpriced.
Adam / November 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm
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I should add that if you got to the web site and print out a coupon, you get 15% off:
http://www.kitchensplus.ca/
Jason / November 10, 2009 at 12:15 pm
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This is fantastic! I am a master of the culinary arts-in-training (ie a good lover/amateur chef), and this post was like a god-send. Thank you blogTO!
sanjay replying to a comment from MerriamH / November 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm
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yes -- the kitchenaid is $200 ... brand new

but it's not the artisan or other variants ... it's the base model which is fine for 99% of peoples needs

you're better off finding a friend with a costco membership and buying one from them when they have it on sale (250 for the professional model)
handfed / November 10, 2009 at 01:16 pm
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stop eating people, go for a walk instead
ccw75 replying to a comment from handfed / November 10, 2009 at 01:23 pm
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Good point. Never eat people, especially uncooked people.
MerriamH replying to a comment from sanjay / November 10, 2009 at 01:24 pm
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$250 for a prof. model? even better! thanks sanjay, will look into this
Dawn / November 10, 2009 at 01:25 pm
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Yes Tap Phong!!
Love it, my favourite hands down.
Burgher Raveen / November 10, 2009 at 02:01 pm
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Don't dismiss Canadian Tire. Their specials are stunning. I purchased a large ceramic Teflon Kitchen Aid pan for $20.00 [reg price $60.00].

Every week they have quite a few kitchen ware items at amazing prices. Check out their eflyer for weekly specials. Tough to beat I tell ya.
Elf / November 10, 2009 at 02:03 pm
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Just a note: Nella also has a location on Bathurst, just north of Bloor.
geg replying to a comment from Adam / November 10, 2009 at 02:05 pm
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I *LOVE* the kitchen and glass place, and Tony is as nice a guy as I've ever met.
Kwil / November 10, 2009 at 02:37 pm
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My favourite is Kitchen Stuff Plus, so many great deals there. Surprised it was not included?!
rek / November 10, 2009 at 03:54 pm
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Does Tap Phong carry sets of Korean chopsticks? Flat and metal, not round, not plastic.
JP / November 10, 2009 at 04:13 pm
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Don't overlook Placewares, street level of St. Lawrence Market. They have an extraordinarily broad selection of kitchenware stuffed into a small space.
matts replying to a comment from rek / November 10, 2009 at 04:33 pm
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Yes, at least they did in the past. Try T&T or the Korean grocery store at Bloor and Christie, too
Ryan L. / November 10, 2009 at 04:41 pm
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The Pepper Mill has some nice high end stuff that you'd find in places like Williams-Sonoma or William Ashley

They have two locations, one in Rosedale, the other in Hazelton lanes, but the guy that works at Hazelton lanes is a grade A dbag. The woman that works there is a bit snarky too, but is tolerable.

Also, don't expect the Bay to be cheaper than some of the high end places. They are often the most expensive.
N / November 10, 2009 at 06:38 pm
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Most of these places are expensive. The best overall prices I've found at Caynes, if you don't want to hunt for deals all over. I will check the other stores on this list.
Don't overlook places like The Bay, Zellers or Canadian Tire, Kitchen Stuff Plus or Ikea - sometimes they have good prices on certain items and unless you are a millionaire most of us don't need those fancy things.
Elizabeth / November 10, 2009 at 08:34 pm
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Tap Phong is cheap, cheap, cheap! It has fantastic stuff - plates, pots, accessories, etc. SO great.
Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen / November 11, 2009 at 08:48 am
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I needed to buy a case of jars from Tap Phong and rather wait for the delivery the next day, I headed over to their warehouse at Dupont and Dufferin. They are definitely supplying to more than just their store. That warehouse was totally insane.
Dawn replying to a comment from Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen / November 11, 2009 at 12:04 pm
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Oh please don't tell me that. Dangerous info!! I'm just going to have to drop by than and spend some money. :)
tracy replying to a comment from Mary / November 11, 2009 at 12:32 pm
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hey Mary, I'm with you! They DO have great stuff, and i'll always have place in my heart of Honest Ed's and their massive selection kitchen supplies!



mc / November 11, 2009 at 04:03 pm
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Every year William Ashley has a killer sale at their warehouse! On right now

William Ashley Warehouse, 62 Railside Road, Toronto, Ont.
(2 blocks east of the Don Valley Pkwy., South of Lawrence Ave. East)
dobermanmom / November 11, 2009 at 04:20 pm
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Nikolaou - SUPER over priced.

Caynes - AWESOME.
Amy / November 12, 2009 at 02:25 am
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Does anyone know where I can get SoyMilk Maker ?
I live in North Scarborough area, between Steeles Ave East and Warden Ave.,
but ok to travel around to get my SoyMilk Maker.


Thanks,
Amy
BakeWithMe / November 12, 2009 at 03:16 pm
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Caynes would have made the #1 spot had it been located in the downtown core. You've exposed our suburban secret ;)
W-A Sale...meh replying to a comment from mc / November 12, 2009 at 03:20 pm
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...and be prepared to stand around outside for hours before you can get inside to shop!!
meathole / November 16, 2009 at 11:18 pm
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Wow the largest kitchen supply place in Toronto is over looked Nella.

Is that because its on Norfinch? Not some slum in kensington
Gloria replying to a comment from meathole / November 17, 2009 at 10:51 am
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Um, it's right there. They have a location on Queen Street too.

Learn to read, please. Meathole.
Direct Buy Restaurant Supply / December 7, 2009 at 04:56 pm
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If you cannot get to one of these stores, you should try Direct Buy Restaurant Supply dot com. It has awesome prices and excellent customer service!
Diane / July 15, 2010 at 03:18 am
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oh my gosh IQ Living is grossly overpriced. They offer "pretty" items, not top quality items. It's fun to browse, but that's about it.
lena / December 16, 2010 at 01:31 pm
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Looking for MiGo travel mugs?
Margaret Agnew / June 9, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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There used to be a kitchen store and catalogue in Ottawa, Euston Green?? which moved to toronto two or three years ago. Does anyone know the name or the web site? I stupidly threw out the catalogue when we moved.

Thank you.
Diana / November 24, 2011 at 08:53 am
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Any here knows when I can buy Cannele molds?
abdul kashif / December 8, 2011 at 03:38 pm
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Dear sir,i am abdul kashif from city gujranwala, province punjab, pakistan,i
am doing my stainless steel bussiness in gujranwala, and different cities in
punjab,i deal in house hold and kitchen ware ,,and some also hotel ware
utensils. and now i want to visit there in toranto canada for searching good
dealer who is willing to deal with me for utensils business ,,so if u can
arange a meeting with some parties who i willing to bussiness with me, i
wish to vist there in may, june ,2012 ,am waiting for ur response,my company
name is golden stain less steel, hafiza bad road,bagbanpura gujranwala
pakistan ,,,thanks with best wishies,
ABDUL KASHIF / December 16, 2011 at 08:37 am
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Dear sir,i am abdul kashif from city gujranwala, province punjab, pakistan,i
am doing my stainless steel bussiness in gujranwala, and different cities in
punjab,i deal in house hold and kitchen ware ,,and some also hotel ware
utensils. and now i want to visit there in toranto canada for searching good
dealer who is willing to deal with me for utensils business ,,so if u can
arange a meeting with some parties who i willing to bussiness with me, i
wish to vist there in may, june ,2012 ,am waiting for ur response,my company
name is golden stain less steel, hafiza bad road,bagbanpura gujranwala
pakistan ,,,thanks with best wishies,E.MAIL GOLDEN_700@HOTMAIL.COM
MIL / December 17, 2011 at 11:56 am
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I am looking for a tortilla warmer (like the ones used in restaurants to keep fajittas wraps warm on the table)
michael / December 29, 2011 at 06:59 pm
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i worked at ideal restuarant supplies in toronto in 1978 does any one know what happened to this company

i also worked at cassidy in etobico mississauga in 1979 does any one know what happened to this company
i live in sydney australia
Edibleglamour / February 1, 2012 at 11:17 am
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Hi
Being the owner of Edibleglamour fruit carvings, I give classes in the above at a reasonable rate. looking for fruit carving sets and bird beak knife's for my students.
Pete Morris / February 3, 2012 at 11:58 am
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if you love food, you'll love Good Egg. Great place for recipe book collectors too ;-) I love IQ Living for my kitchen gadgets though
Mitra / May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm
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www.Internetkitchenstore.com is amazing! I have purchased so many kitchen products from them and absolutely love how helpful they are. You are able to order online as well as visit the retail outlet at 158 Eglinton Ave West, 3 blocks west of Yonge in Toronto. They have it all!
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm
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Don't overlook Placewares, street level of St. Lawrence Market. They have an extraordinarily broad selection of kitchenware stuffed into a small space.
Rafael / November 3, 2012 at 10:01 am
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The best kitchen supply store in Mississauga and Brampton is Bestway Cash N Carry located at 7130 Torbram Road, Mississauga,Ontario L4T 4B5. Author missed it or did not do his search. They are distributor of famous restaurant kitchen smallware like Johnson-Rose, Winco, Roya Industries, Carlisle, Westbend URNs.
Rafael / November 3, 2012 at 10:04 am
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The best online store in Canada for restaurant kitchen supplies, bar supplies and bakery supplies is RestaurantSuppliesDepot.
nicole replying to a comment from michael / November 30, 2012 at 07:35 am
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Ideal was razed to make way for a condo a few years ago. Dunno about Cassidy. Lucky you living in Sydney!
nicole replying to a comment from Diana / November 30, 2012 at 07:35 am
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I found mine at Nella on Queen East.
nicole replying to a comment from Margaret Agnew / November 30, 2012 at 07:37 am
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Ashton Green. I think they're online only.
nicole replying to a comment from Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen / November 30, 2012 at 07:45 am
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I can't thank you enough for the tip. I live in the area and just realized I'm missing a piece of equipment for something I'm baking. I'm tight for time and thought I was going to have to head downtown to get it, but you just saved me! Thank you!!!
khawaja mehnas / February 19, 2013 at 10:16 am
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Kitchen required cleaning and washing not new accessories for fighting of gurmes
Ellis / April 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm
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Jim Appleby / June 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm
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Please visit and get a 15% discount if you mention seeing our comment in the Blog.
n / September 3, 2013 at 01:04 am
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anyone know if any of these places have poppy seed grinder. been to tap phong and they do have it, but it's a rather cheap chinese made one. looking for european made
Greg / November 7, 2013 at 04:10 pm
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The best online store in Canada for restaurant kitchen supplies, bar supplies and bakery supplies is RestaurantSuppliesDepot.
Greg replying to a comment from Mary / November 21, 2013 at 06:48 pm
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There is another new restaurant supply warehouse opened recently namely "CHEF'S DEPOT" who has dedicated more than 2000 square feet to Chef's supplies. Check them out because public can buy there too.
Jason / December 1, 2013 at 08:59 pm
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I.Q. Living is a great store--and had been my default--but lately Kitchen Roots, just a few blocks east, 696 Danforth, has beat them out by having something I.Q. didn't have (bar tools), often at a better price. They don't seem to have a webpage, and I fear that they will be out of business with a new mega store that went in. It would be a shame because everyone at the store I've met has been incredibly helpful and friendly. Tip: they are having a 20% off sale until the end of December 2013!
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