The great pretend play kitchens like the retro vintage red set in the photo look like the real thing. Some look vintage and some are modern. They all look to be well constructed from sturdy wood and come with some accessories included.
The Red Vintage Kitchen has a ladle, pot, and apron, along with a phone. Nove, my daughter with autism, played with her plastic kitchen set for a very long time and I think if she had one of these really detailed kitchens, she’d play for a few more years. She would pretend to be running a restaurant and I had to eat more than my share of plastic and invisible pretend food over the years.
With some of these kitchens, I could see children pretending to be hotel managers, cooks, or staff. Our favorites are pictured below, the Prarie Kitchen, Red Vintage Kitchen, and the Cook Together kitchen.
Another thing I really like about this site is that they offer several styles that would be great for boys or girls and some that are good for both. I honestly wouldn’t mind having a kitchen that looks like these!