Last Updated: 27th July 2017 – I intend to keep this post updated as people seem to find it useful and places keep moving or closing down. Any questions please leave a comment below.
I realise kitchenware is not the most riveting of subjects for some but personally I do love a kitchen gadget. I like most gadgets, but as I’ve gotten older the kitchen gadget is my want. If I had a garden then I’m positive I’d like garden gadgets, but I have a 3m square terrace so the kitchen is my gadget domain.
Kitchen Shops in Barcelona: I’m not talking about shops selling fridges or dishwashers or whole kitchens. These are shops for people looking for that cool item that does a certain cooking task the perfect way. Or the perfect gift for a foodie friend. As well as of course great knives and cookware.
This started when I wanted to buy a Lékué Steam Case, one of those silicone jobs that can withstand the oven, the freezer, the dishwasher, and cats it seems. I thought I’d go on a little trawl of all the kitchen shops I knew and see what I could find.
So, in no particular order…
Taula i Cuina
Taula i Cuina in Sant Antoni (c/ Tamarit, 162) has been around since 1952. Patricia from the store found this post and got in touch to put me straight, so I couldn’t not add it. But joking aside, it was a glaring omission on my part.
This is a fabulous store in a real foodie part of town where you can find all the well-known cooking brands at good prices, as well as an excellent range of the all important cooking gadget.
Cooking – The Kitchen Company
On to The Kitchen Company (c/ Provença, 278). This is far more like it. A huge Le Creuset range, an ample Good Grips range, beautiful copper pans, ice cream makers, blenders, bread makers, coffee machines, and even the trusty Magimix. This shop is heaven. It has plenty of gadgets too! And they have regular cooking demonstrations. I couldn’t resist a satin black Le Creuset cast iron grill for 73€. My only tip is if you’re out shopping and wish to purchase such an item, get it last. It’s bloody heavy!
I popped into Riera (c/ Provença, 255) just along from TKC. This used to be budget store Avet but this new kitchen incarnation is a step up. Plates, glasses and porcelain are their raison d’être but they also have their fair share of kitchen accoutrements.
Expect to find Royal Doulton, Waterford and Wedgwood alongside Alessi, Riedel and Screwpull.
Definitely worth a look, especially if you need a new dinner set or wine glasses.
Gadgets & Cuina
Up Rambla de Catalunya and left on c/ Aragó you’ll find Gadgets & Cuina (c/ Aragó, 249). As you may be able to tell by the name, this is the kitchen gadget shop. No Magimix’s here! Just lots and lots of kitchen gadgets. They also have a big selection of cake decorating apparatus. And something I couldn’t bring myself to buy but now regret was a Lékué macaron making kit & recipe book. I adore macarons, and this kit made it look easy.
Gadgets & Cuina is well priced too. It is where I ended up buying the Lékué Steam Case and it was the cheapest place I found. I also picked up two of these great little egg cooking things. They also have a stall in the Boqueria you can check out and another shop in L’illa on Diagonal.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
The Zwilling J.A. Henckels flagship store is on Diagonal near Balmes (Avda. Diagonal, 407). This German brand has been around since the 18th century. Zwilling J.A. Henckels specialises in quality knives which they let you try out in store on a range of unsuspecting vegetables. The company has purchased the French Staub cast iron cookware brand, and from Belgium the Demeyere stainless steel cookware company. They also have a range of Japanese knives.
Everything in this shop is of the highest quality. If you like kitchen stuff, you’ll love this shop.
El Corte Inglés
My local department store at one time, El Corte Inglés on Plaça de Catalunya has a big selection of all types of kitchenware on the 5th floor. Departments stores are all well and good if you’re there for other things too. But I want that specialist store that is, well, a bit special I guess. And plus, who wants to traipse up to the 5th floor, especially when the Catalans don’t quite seem to have grasped basic escalator etiquette. Worth a visit though if you’re there.
Gràcia and beyond…
I’ve been to a couple of great little shops in Gràcia but I can’t remember the names of them. I’m sure there are plenty more around town as well. The old town is full of ferreteria’s (hardware shops) where you can get all kinds of paella pans and the like. But the shops above are definitely worth a visit.
So, let me know you’re favourite kitchen shop in Barcelona by commenting below. Personally, I can’t get enough of them!