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Seven of the best cheese shops in Paris


France is renowned for its exquisite cheeses and where better to stock up than in its capital’s fabulous fromageries. Whether you’re a cheese aficionado, on the hunt for a rare variety or simply want to explore some new flavours, we have chosen the top seven shops to know in Paris

Emily Scrivener
Emily Scrivener ,

Chez Virginie

Selling more than 100 cheeses made exclusively from raw milk, and using traditional methods, Chez Virginie is committed to bringing only the freshest produce. Many of the cheeses are seasonal, which means customers are sure to find something different on every visit. Just around the corner is the famous Arnaud Delmontel bakery; head here afterwards to pick up bread for a wonderfully indulgent picnic.

Fromagerie Quatrehomme

Marie Quatrehomme was the first women to be named Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, so it’s not surprising that her fromagerie is often top of people’s go-to list. Unlike the majority of cheese shops in Paris, this one has a section dedicated to foreign cheeses. However, if you are after something traditionally French, the shop is also known for its 36-month-old Comté, a indulgently sweet and nutty cheese which is the perfect accompaniment to a warm baguette.

Cantin

A stone’s throw from the Tour Eiffel, with a client list that includes several highly regarded Parisian restaurants, the incredibly popular Cantin offers the finest artisanal cheeses. Open since 1950, it has a loyal following of devotees, with many making regular pilgrimages to sample the cheeses matured in seven cellars.

Alléosse

This top-quality cheese shop is a must-visit for those looking to buy or merely browse a selection of hard-to-find cheeses. The Bleu de Termignon, for instance, is one of France’s rarest cheeses, made by just three farmers in the country. For those not familiar with some of the cheese, the knowledgeable owner can provide the story behind each variety, and it is this passion and dedication to detail that makes this fromagerie so exceptional.

Laurent Dubois

Laurent Dubois sells some of the finest cheese in Paris, and is a holder of a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (best craftsman in France) award to prove it. The store has an impressive collection of well-known cheeses such as Comté as well as less familiar offerings, but it’s the custom cheeses which really have people talking: try the Roquefort with quince paste for a truly original combination.

Androuet

Established in Paris in 1909, Androuet has been known for decades as one of the capital’s finest cheese shops. With several locations across the city, each supplying hundreds of cheeses by dedicated makers of artisanal cheeses, this is the place to go to try something new. From Chaource to Bleu d’Auvergne, everything on offer has been carefully selected and matured to perfection by experts.

Barthélemy

Barthélemy is something of a landmark for Paris’s cheese lovers. Tiny compared with many stores, yet still supplying an extraordinary array of cheeses, this fromagerie has a delightfully old-fashioned feel. The huge variety of cow, goat and sheep’s milk cheeses draws in locals, celebrities and even the French president.

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