Cheese lovers need not look far in their quest for a great selection of fromage from all over the world. Tel Aviv has it all and more! Gourmet cheese shops throughout the city provide unique dairy treasures and shopping experiences, each with their own style and pairings that will ensure gorgeous cheese plate creations. Here is a list of some of our favorites.
Basher Fromagerie opened their first store 20 years ago in the Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. Their immense selection of European cheeses includes both soft and hard cheeses, plus favorites like Le Bleu des Basques (a creamy earthy blue cheese) or the caramel-flavored Geitost cheese (a Norwegian favorite). They have a nice selection of Israeli cheeses and dairy products, too. Next to mounds of fresh butter which sits alongside real truffle butter (plus authentic truffles for a serious treat), you’ll find artisan baguettes, the much sought-after quinoa bulgur sourdough loaf, and all the accoutrements for the complete picnic spread - including a large basket for purchase or borrow.
Artisan cheeses of the highest caliber are flown in from Italy while the passionate staff put together the plate of your dreams. Alongside salumi, high quality cold cuts, and crispy Piadinas, thin Italian flatbreads, you’ll find everything you need for an authentic Italian lunch. The minimalist shop has a clean and organized design and a relaxing wine-loving atmosphere, perfectly suited for enjoying artisan delights.
Located on Einstein Street in Ramat Aviv and with another location in Ramat Gan, this cheese lover’s haven is helmed by Yeor Asor. Asor comes from a whole family of cheese connoisseurs, including his brother and father, and has been leading in cheese trends in Israel for many years. At My Deli you’ll find hundreds of cheeses and preserves from all over the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to pick Yeor’s brain and let him guide you through this holy grail of cheese plates. Attached to the Ramat Aviv location, there is a selection of home-cooked foods and succulent rotisserie chicken to take home, made by renowned Chef Avi Bitton. This is one of the most talked about places in the city.
Agatha is a unique deli located just a few blocks from Shuk Tzafon, an adorable food market in Ramat Hayal. This specialty food shop brings in the best quality and variety of cheeses, olive oils, fresh pastas, and accoutrements from all over the world that can’t be found anywhere else, partly because they supply to local restaurants. Here you will find real Parmigiano Reggiano at competitive prices, hard-to-find Marcona almonds, roasted salted almonds that pair amazingly with cheese and sauces, all along a comprehensive wine list. There are also cozy nooks for seating so you can mix and match a cheese plate and indulge your day away.
When a Frenchman serves you cheese, you know it’s going to be good. This kosher gourmet deli offers over 100 types of cheeses from France, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, and boutique Israeli dairies. They also have foie gras, smoked salmon, charcuterie, and everything else for the ultimate dinner party. Get real baguettes, a huge selection of wines from Bordeaux and all over France, and tons of goodies to take home. Stop in anytime of the week and especially on Fridays when they have wines for tasting.