When we first moved in we snagged some bins to use so that we could easily pull everything out at a moment's notice. This proved especially useful for baking supplies. The newest (and most exciting) edition to the set-up is the re-used jars for all of our nuts, dried fruits, chocolate and such. They're so easy to find, use, replace, and re-fill with bulk items. As we eat more olives and pickles (the best jars so far), we'll be able to fit more items in if we need like shredded coconut for breakfast cookies or raisins for raisin scones.
As for other common pantry items, we keep our spices up on the counter within easy reach along with tea [Harbor Herbalist is one of our favorites], our baking flours, and various types of vinegar and olive oil.
So there you have it. A pantry in three square feet or less. Pretty and functional both.