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The best cheese in Paris

A hand-picked list of our fragrant favourites

By Maria Hagan
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Paris harbours more than just a few fantastic fromageries, where you can discuss the finer points of pasteurisation while making up a platter of your favourites or even dine on dairy delights at dedicated cheese restaurants. This hand-picked list of our fragrant favourites promises great quality produce chosen by confident connoisseurs – of cheese, sure, but also wines, chutneys and charcuterie to match. Bon appétit! 

Cheese bars and restaurants

La Vache dans les Vignes

4 out of 5 stars
Shopping Specialist food and drink Canal Saint-Martin

This tiny cheesemonger by the Canal St-Martin is brimming with dairy delights. Selling a wide range of cheeses, wines and cured meats to take home, La Vache des Vignes also serves its produce on the spot for just a few extra euros. With seating for just fourteen people, the owners have created a warm atmosphere with bottles of wine stacked to the ceiling... 

L'Affineur Affiné

4 out of 5 stars
Shopping Specialist food and drink Saint-Georges

This delightful venue on the animated Rue Notre Dame de Lorette in the 9th arrondissement is rather more than a straightforward cheese shop (though it does stock over 100 varieties). Despite the basic décor, it’s a pleasant surprise to discover a seating area and a proper menu that offers the artisanal cheeses as they are or cooked up in various dishes... 

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La Coop

4 out of 5 stars
Shopping Specialist food and drink Odéon

Set right by the Luxembourg gardens, La Coop is perfect for lunch after a stroll in the park, or for an early dinner before catching a show at the Odéon theatre. A colourful café and haven of produce from the Beaufort valley in Haute Savoie, La Coop specialises in Beaufort: a firm raw milk cheese with a smooth, creamy texture. It's sliced straight off the wheel... 

Chez Hisada

3 out of 5 stars
Shopping Cheesemongers 1er arrondissement

A cheese shop and restaurant at the heart of Paris’s Japanese quartier in the 1st arrondissement, Chez Hisada is a seriously well-stocked cheesemonger with a Japanese twist. You can pick up everything from Rocquefort to Gorgonzola, then top it off with a cow-milk Maroilles from Picardie matured with Umeshu (a Japanese liqueur), plus Japanese speciality sweets... 

Fromageries

La Crèmerie

4 out of 5 stars
Shopping Specialist food and drink Canal Saint-Martin

Customers stop into La Crèmerie for the company as much as for the great cheeses. Shop owner Dominique used to be a nurse so is a past master at cheerful chat (and watching calorie counts). French cheeses are her speciality, from a colourful wheel of wildflower Tomme from the Austrian Alps to Black Brie from Île de France, Saint-Félicien from Isère, small goats cheeses... 

Fromagerie Beaufils

4 out of 5 stars
Shopping Specialist food and drink Faubourg Montmartre

Fromagerie Beaufils offers more than just great quality cheese in a friendly environment. The team behind the shop regularly visits suppliers and video-documents the cheese-making process, from udder to manufacture. They also age selected cheeses in a cellar beneath their shop on the Rue de Belleville. The selection shows an appetite for international flavours... 

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La Fermette

3 out of 5 stars
Shopping Specialist food and drink Réaumur

Set on the cobbled Rue Montorgueil among quaint bakeries, bookshops, teashops and cafés, this busy family-owned cheese shop has been around for over 20 years. The orange shop front with its pinstriped awning boasts a tray of cheeses at €9 for five, while inside is a huge selection – the owners have a soft spot for sheep and goat cheeses, but there are plenty of... 

Laurent Dubois

5 out of 5 stars
Shopping Specialist food and drink Quartier latin

Hay, flowers, balsamic vinegar, truffle, spices and Irish port are just a few of the unexpected cheese ingredients you’ll find chez Laurent Dubois. Awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (a prestigious artisan’s award) in 2000, Dubois is known for selecting only the crème de la crème of cheeses, and is no amateur when it comes to experimentation. His fragrant little boutique... 

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Fromages et ramage

Shopping Delis Montmartre

Charmingly cheeky cheesemongers Christian and Jean-Daniel are the most unconventional pair of shopkeepers you’re ever likely to meet. They set up their cheese shop to be able to listen to music of their choice all day while selling rounds to customers – or so the story goes. The end result is a unique and intriguing business – and it’s doing well. Fromages et Ramage offers cheese in all shapes, sizes and intensities, from classic hard wheels to smoked sheep and goat’s cheeses... 

Fromagerie Quatrehomme
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Fromagerie Quatrehomme

Shopping Mairie du 18e

Marie Quatrehomme, the first woman to win the coveted Meilleur Ouvrier de France title, runs this charmingly cramped, stone-walled cheese boutique. Justly famous for her beaufort and st-marcellin, she also sells specialities such as goat's cheese with pesto. Unlike many French fromagers, Marie respects the cheese of other countries, including a hard-to-find hit of crumbly English cheddar.

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