Best Specialty Kitchen Stores in Washington, D.C.

March 4, 2014 8:00 AM

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Becoming an expert in the kitchen can be accomplished, but only with the right kitchen supplies. What better place to find the necessary tools needed to become an amateur chef than at a local kitchen shop? These specialty shop owners have scoured the market and done the hard work for you in order to find essentials that make a chef’s life easier. Relax and enjoy your time preparing meals for family and friends.

Hill’s Kitchen
713 D St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-1997

Located near Eastern Market in Capitol Hill, Hill’s Kitchen is a neighborhood store that strives to meet the needs of the community. It sells pots and pans, bakeware, cookie cutters and a few countertop electrics, such as coffee makers, blenders and food processors. The focus is on the kitchen, with select food products, aprons, knives, gadgets and a small assortment of glassware and napkins. Ideal for D.C. cooking enthusiasts, there is an assortment of custom D.C.-related goods like plates and cookie cutters. Hill’s Kitchen focuses on utilitarian merchandise – if it does not work, it is not sold. The store carries as many made-in-America products as possible. This is also a must-visit for engaged couples looking to register for new kitchen items!

Home Rule
1807 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-5544

Home Rule was among the first to take on the now buzzing 14th Street after two friends opened the home goods store in 1999. There are two main price points at Home Rule: value price and a better-quality price – most customers spend around $30 per visit. The selection is not as huge as Bed Bath and Beyond, but that is because the items are carefully chosen with the ideal of quality over quantity. New inventory is constantly arriving, so there is always a reason to visit the store. The experience of Home Rule is different than others because the merchandise is mixed in a useful and helpful way for shoppers. While you’re here, pick up the much-raved about ceramic kitchen knife.

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La Cuisine
323 Cameron St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-4435

Inspired by the well-made kitchen gear widely available in Europe – France and Germany in particular – La Cuisine holds durability and functionality in the highest regard. The search for lasting products has resulted in a shop of authentic and trusted kitchenware. Not only does La Cuisine sell kitchen appliances, but it also offers accessories like beautiful aprons and topical cookbooks. The store also sells hard-to-find ingredients and its cooking utensils are directly imported from Europe. La Cuisine has a monthly themed email special which is available online and in the shop – all archived on the website.

Salt & Sundry
1309 5th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 556-1866

Union Market, a hub for D.C.’s food movement, is home to lifestyle boutique Salt & Sundry. The store stocks durable kitchen linens, bar accessories, wooden utensils, cookbooks, mixing bowls and creative storage containers – the majority of which is made in the U.S. or imported from fair-trade groups. Salt & Sundry collaborated with a local ceramic artist, Cloudterre, to design a collection of gorgeous tabletop pieces like honey pots. The cocktail section, featuring goods like craft cocktail mixers and pieces to dress up a home bar, is one of the shops most popular attractions. In the near future, Salt & Sundry hopes to open a second location in D.C.

1608 20th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7117

Tabletop is a charming home store in Dupont Circle. The variety of kitchen supplies ranges from prepware, stemware and serveware to storage and textiles like dishtowels and aprons. Notable pieces include Joseph Joseph’s stainless steel 100 Collection and The Black Rabbit screen-printed tea towels. To acquire such practical items, Tabletop owners hunt through tradeshows. It also helps that one of the storeowners is food-obsessed, so ideas come from foodie magazines and blogs. Inventory is compact and modern, combining beautiful visual design and great functionality, especially for kitchens with limited space.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at

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