Top 10 cheese shops in Paris
The history of cheese in France dates back to monasteries in the 14th century. Monks took pride in cheese-making and crafted cheeses with terrific flavor profiles. Today, there are over 1,000 types of cheese found all over France.
In Paris and the northwest, you’ll find creamy Brie and Camembert in abundance. Pair them with fine wine or enjoy them on a charcuterie board. In the east, hard cheeses like Emmental and Comté are ubiquitous. While over in the west, goat cheese is hard to resist.
1. Fromagerie Laurent Dubois
Where: 47 Ter Bd Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris, France
When: Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed on Monday
Fromagerie Laurent Dubois is located in Saint-Germain, a hotspot for food walking tours. Monsieur Dubois won the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France award back in 2000, but his shop continues to see snaking lines until today. Coming from a family of cheesemongers, Dubois has a knack for finding top small cheese producers.
Here, we recommend going straight for the aged Comté or signature Roquefort layered with quince. For those with an adventurous palate, try the Camembert with mascarpone and apples. Although a bit on the steep side, Dubois’ artisanal creations are worth every penny. Tip: Have your cheese vacuum-packed to avoid stinking up your luggage.
Where: 13 Rue Poncelet, 75017 Paris, France
When: Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A short hop from Arc de Triomphe, this humble boutique fromagerie near Rue Poncelet Market doles out cheeses of varying flavors and textures. Alléosse is helmed by cheese master Philippe Alléosse, who comes from a family of cheesemongers. Choose from an excellent array of cheeses on display: semi-soft Chabichou, goat-milk Selles-sur Cher or pyramid-like Pouligny-Saint-Pierre.
This family-run fromagerie in Paris also has a cellar with different sections for different cheese types—goat, cow, and sheep milk cheese. Learn more about the process of cheese-making and Alléosse’s cherished techniques while you shop.
3. Saisons Fromagerie
Where: 30 Rue du Grenier-Saint-Lazare, 75003 Paris, France
When: Wednesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed on Monday and Tuesday
Nestled in Le Marais district, Saisons Fromagerie is a quaint boutique to add to your list. You’ll find reasonably-priced cheeses, from creamy to bold picks. There’s also a slew of wines, plus a full-on deli. Have an expert recommend some top-notch wine to go with your cheese.
If you’re not already planning a food and wine tasting tour in the area, book a personalized tasting session at this cheese shop in Paris. The ever-helpful owners, Frédéric and Mariette, will ensure you have a memorable experience.
Where: 51 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
When: Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., closed on Sunday
Barthélemy is packed to the rafters with cheese despite its tiny space. Popular amongst high-profile regulars, this petite shop in the chic Saint-Germain neighborhood has been in business for over five decades. It’s also been the official cheese supplier to the Élysée Palace since 1973.
Don’t let its no-frills façade deceive you, you’ll find stacks of freshly-made cheese lining the shelves. Look for the sought-after Crottin de Chavignol or mousse-like Fontainebleau cheese. Prices here are on the higher end, but worth every cent. It’s a short stroll from Musée Maillol, making it a great stop after a day of sight-seeing.
5. Fromagerie Quatrehomme
Where: 62 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France
When: Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed on Monday
Located on Rue de Sèvres, Fromagerie Quatrehomme is a fourth-generation family business founded by Marie Quatrehomme. She passed the reins to her children who continue to run this one-stop shop. Expect 250 varieties of cheese and delightful house specialities featuring ingredients like fruit or whiskey.
You can’t leave without getting the well-aged Mimolette. Or, consider crowd-pleasers like the Beaufort (fantastic for fondue) or Saint Marcellin. Plus, there’s a selection of cured ham, fruit coulis, and canned goods. If you’re planning a picnic or party, get everything you need—even on weekends—conveniently under one roof.
6. La Fermette
Where: 86 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France
When: Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Open seven days a week, La Fermette sits in the famous shopping district of Rue Montorgueil. The staff here are some of the friendliest. With their tips and recommendations, you might feel like you’re on an actual private food tour.
To curate your cheese platter, start by choosing four options from their artful displays. Include Roquefort, Gouda, as well as seasonal varieties with pepper and spices. The trendier flavors might entice you too, namely the blue lavender hard cheese or Dutch Gouda with truffles. Remember, it’s possible to ask for smaller slices when buying from a large cheese wheel.
7. Fromagerie Sanders
Where: 4 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, France
When: Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed on Monday
In Marché Saint Germain, marvel at Fromagerie Sanders’ neatly-piled cheeses. Twiggy and Michel Sanders are the founders of this family-run fromagerie in Paris. Besides hosting casual tastings, they’re ready to recommend what to buy depending on your preferences.
The selection here stretches across most of France’s cheese regions, with a superb range of aged Comté and sheep’s milk cheeses from the Pyrénées. Once you’ve tried their Saint-Marcellin and Saint-Féliciens, you’ll keep coming back for more. If you’re not in a rush, spend time browsing the rest of this authentic Parisian market. Pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, along with some charcuterie on your way out.
8. Paroles de Fromagers
Where: 41 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris, France
When: Monday from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., closed on Sunday
Continue your Parisian cheese quest at Paroles de Fromagers in the hip northwest end of Paris. This impressive three-story shop is dedicated to all things cheese. You can even enroll in their affordable cheese-making courses and tasting workshops—great for beginners who want to immerse yourselves in the world of French fromage.
The store’s owner, Pierre, produces and ages most of the cheeses himself on-site in 17th-century cellars. These are some perennial best-sellers amongst the remarkable selection: triple-cream Brillat Savarin, Brie de Meaux, and the delicate Tomme de Savoie. If you enjoy goat cheeses, there’s a fabulous spread here, too.
9. Marie-Anne Cantin
Where: 12 Rue du Champ de Mars, 75007 Paris, France
When: Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed on Monday
Include a visit to Marie-Anne Cantin’s tidy fromagerie after visiting the Eiffel Tower. It’s near Rue Cler market, which is just a 3-minute walk away. This cheese shop in Paris has been in business since 1950, and continues time-honored family traditions.
The impeccable raw milk French cheese is a hot favorite. You’ll also be able to find anything from 12- to 40-month wheels of Comté up for grabs. It’s actually difficult to find so many variants of this well-loved cheese in one place. If you’re looking for something small, the Boutons de Culotte (small buttons of goat cheese) makes a stellar appetizer.
10. Fromagerie Goncourt
Where: 1 Rue Abel Rabaud, 75011 Paris, France
When: Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed on Sunday
Fromagerie Goncourt specializes in Corsican cheeses. The passionate owner, Clément Brossault, goes above and beyond in helping customers decide what to buy. Fun fact: He embarked on a two-month French cheese cycling tour as part of training to become a fromager.
Check out the farm-produced Brocciu (made with ewe’s milk) and Venacao, a rich and heady variant produced in the Corsican mountains. Others like Niolo or Calenzana are also worth buying as you rarely find them elsewhere in Paris. Most of the cheeses are reasonably-priced.
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