Paris is not wanting when it comes to fromagerie or specialist cheese shops. In fact, the cheese capital of the country is full of great addresses on most street corners, giving off the familiar whiff of Beaufort, with Comté ou de Saint-Nectaire tempting passers-by, as well as enticing new scents that promise the discovery of new dairy delicacies.
If you're someone who can't imagine your life without cheese, France is a cheese lovers destination and no more so than in the city of light. Here are five of the best cheese shops in Paris that should satisfy the most ardent of fans looking for a sublime choice and expert guidance.
1. La fromagerie de Paris
La Fromagerie de Paris has one of the best quality/price rapports in the capital. Eric Lefebvre, Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2004 and union president creamers/cheese of Île-de-France, owns the shop with his wife Patricia and offers a selection of 180 cheeses including; Vacherin Mont d'Or, Brie de Meaux, Fourme d'Ambert and goats cheese from the Loire. Each dairy delight is carefully selected in accordance with the seasons, ageing and their origin and to top it all Eric and Patricia will always welcome you with a smile.
Where? La Fromagerie in Paris, 229 rue de Charenton, 12th arrondissement.
2. La fromagerie Quatrehomme
Marie Quatrehomme was the first woman to win the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, back in 2000. Promoted to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2014, the cheese baton has since been passed to her children, Nathalie and Maxime, who maintain the family shops' cheese mastery. La Fromagerie Quatrehomme regularly supplies large events in Paris and they are also happy to advise customers, especially on the best classic cheeses from France, as well as homemade creations.
Where? La Fromagerie Quatrehomme, 62 rue de Sèvres, 7e arrondissement.
4 rue du Rendez-vous, 12e arrondissement.
32 rue de l'Espérance, 13e arrondissement.
9 rue du Général-Leclerc, Issy-les-Moulineaux.
3. La fromagerie d'auteil
Fancy a Brillat-Savarin with truffles, a Dutch Gouda aged in France or a Crayeaux de Roncq? Head to the Fromagerie d'Auteuil. Michel Fouchereau, Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2004, owns the shops, which he manages along with his wife, offering handpicked cheese producers. The shop also has two temperature ripening cellars and different controlled humidity to create cheeses at the level of optimal tasting.
Where? La Fromagerie d'Auteuil, 58 rue d'Auteuil, 16e arrondissement.
4. La fromagerie Laurent Dubois
Laurent Dubois, Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2011, is also one of the best cheese shops in the capital. His shop offers classic refined quality cheeses, as well as rarer delicacies, such as le Tarentais and le Bleu de Termignon ou le Cellier. Note that the house also has revisited cheeses like Roquefort heart and quince pate.
Where? Fromagerie Laurent Dubois, 2 rue Lourmel, 15e arrondissement.
47ter Boulevard Saint-Germain, 5e arrondissement.
97 rue Saint-Antoine, 9e arrondissement.
5. La Fromagerie Griffon
La Fromagerie Griffon is the perfect place to discover cheeses from around the world. Owner and cheese lover, Claire Griffin, has attracted great chefs, such as three-star Eric Fréchon, who presents some of the creations in his restaurant. We love the breadth of choice, such as the unusual Damier Rose (roquefort and pink biscuits from Reims ) and the Irish Porter (cheddar with Guinness).
Where? La Fromagerie Griffon, 23 bis avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 7e arrondissement.