Top 10 Cheese Shops in Paris

It’s been a while, but Paris is opening up to visitors again on June 9th! I wrote about some of the details in my recent newsletter (and some tips you might want to know if you plan to come) but although some food shops in Paris have been doing brisk business with the locals, many are happy to have visitors back. And not just for economic reasons; many shopkeepers like the mix of people who come into their shops and many foreigners are genuinely curious and want to learn more about the foods of France, and owners of small shops are usually happy to engage with them as they are proud of what they carry, especially in the better cheese shops, or fromageries.

Jennifer Greco is a life-long Francophile and French food and wine enthusiast with an especially strong passion for French cheese. After moving from the U.S. to the south of France almost two decades ago, she has steadily been tasting her way through each and every cheese produced in France, a project that started one day on a whim and has developed into a full-fledged infatuation. To date, she says she has tasted just under 400 of the approximately 1500 fromages made in France. (Charles de Gaulle underestimated his cheese-making compatriots when he said “How can you govern a country which has 246 types of cheese?”) 


Jennifer is now based in Paris where she leads gourmet food and wine tours, as well as online seminars, and guides fellow fromage lovers at small group tastings both privately and with Paris by Mouth. Jennifer shares her love for regional French cheeses on her blog, Chez Loulou, and for a handful of publications, while she’s currently studying to earn a French Wine Scholar certificate. Jennifer previously shared her Top 10 French Cheeses here on the blog and I’m happy that she’s offered to share her Top 10 Favorite Cheese Shops in Paris here, too!

– David


The Top 10 Cheese Shops in Paris

There is no shortage of cheese shops in Paris, offering a diverse assortment of the wonderful cheese produced across France, which I’ve been tasting my way through. Below are my Top 10 Favorite Cheese Shops in Paris that go above and beyond by offering some of the most unusual and special French cheeses, who promote small producers and take pride in educating their clientele about the importance of raw milk French cheeses and cheesemaking traditions. Bon appétit!

– Jennifer


Taka & Vermo

I love the passion that exudes from the couple that owns Taka & Vermo. After an epic 10,000 kilometer (over 6,000 miles) journey around France and Europe to meet small farmers and cheesemakers, owners Laure Takahashi and Mathieu Vermorel opened their bright, modern fromagerie with the intention of championing the artisans they met on their travels. 

Located in the bustling Faubourg Saint-Denis neighborhood, the couple offers unique creations such as fresh goat cheese adorned with yuzu, and Saint-Nectaire enhanced with a layer of sansho peppercorns, in a nod to Laure’s Japanese heritage. I admire their commitment to supporting small producers, and their exemplary perfectly ripened cheeses!

61 bis Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010


La Ferme d’Alexandre

This shop is a favorite because it’s one of the friendliest fromageries in the chic (and sometimes a tad haughty) Saint-Germain neighborhood. Alexandre Gayral, a third-generation fromager, and his knowledgeable team offer exceptional cheeses as well as a varied selection of charcuterie, French honey, and jam. They also sell unpasteurized farmhouse butter that’s perfect for slathering on toasted bread, but is so delicious I often just eat small chunks of it like cheese (it will change your life, trust me!). Alex’s wife is Italian, so they also offer an interesting selection of Italian products such as hard mountain cheeses wrapped in chestnut leaves, or for the well-heeled, cheese studded with truffles.

Two items that I always purchase here are Saint-Domnin de Provence, a tangy goat cheese decorated with a sprig of lavender, and Hércule, a hard, buttery mixed sheep and goat milk cheese produced in the Pyrénées mountains. Shopping here is a delight, both for the selection of cheeses and the wonderful staff.

19 rue St Placide 75006 

Monbleu

A fromagerie attached to a cheese-themed restaurant…what could be better?

At Monbleu you’ll find a well-curated selection of traditional French cheeses from the best producers, with a focus on fromages from the Alps, as well as unusual regional cheeses that have been hand-picked by a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (an official designation, and honor, that denotes someone who is considered a “best craftsperson” in France). I always plan lunch or “Happy Cheese” Hour (from 5-8 pm) at the restaurant to coincide with my cheese shopping. 

37 rue du Faubourg Montmartre Paris 75009 

Marie-Anne Cantin

This well-organized classic fromagerie is my go-to for impeccably matured raw milk French cheese. On my most recent visit, there were 12 month, 18 month, 24 month, 30+ month and 40+ month wheels of Comté on offer. It’s not easy to find so many ages of this spectacular cheese in one place! It’s the ideal spot to organize a vertical Comté tasting for yourself and friends; I would start with the youngest version, when the cheese is mild, fruity and floral, and slowly work my way up through to the oldest wheel, which will have the most concentrated, nutty and rich caramel flavors. They’re perfect paired with a glass of Champagne or even better, a wine from the Jura, the region where Comté is made.

12 rue du Champ de Mars 75007

Frescolet

Frescolet, which means “pleasantly fresh” in Occitan (a medieval language that is still spoken in parts of southern France), was founded by friends Jean Chimisanas and Hadrien Senegas a few years ago in the Pigalle neighborhood. The duo, who hail from the Occitanie region, have created a retro-style shop that dedicates much of its space to products from their home region, many of which are impossible to find elsewhere in Paris. 

In addition to olive oil and wine, they offer a unique range of goat cheeses that are created at Hadrien’s family farm in the south of France, specifically for their shop. I happily trek across town to shop here, knowing I will find a selection of limited-production cheeses from Occitanie, including a sweet and zesty ash-covered Montagne Noir Cendré goat cheese, and Maonet, a small, hexagonal-shaped, rich ewes’ milk cheese.

42 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 75009

Fromagerie Sanders

Twiggy and Michel Sanders, two of the nicest cheesemongers in Paris, share their passion and knowledge from their stand inside the covered market of Saint-Germain, which caters to the well-heeled denizens of the 6th arrondissement. They are always warm and welcoming, offering an extensive selection of cheese and other dairy products. Once you’ve tasted their perfectly ripened, runny Saint-Marcellin and Saint-Féliciens from the notable producer, Mère Richard, you’ll never buy them anywhere else.

This authentic Parisian market is also the perfect place to stock up on picnic supplies. A handful of purveyors sell fresh fruit and vegetables, there’s a nice wine shop, a stand that specializes in truffles, and a few vendors who sell cured ham, pâtés, and other types of charcuterie.

Marché Couvert Saint-Germain, 4 Rue Lobineau, 75006

Fromagerie Laurent Dubois

Though these fromageries are quite possibly the priciest in Paris, this is where I go when I want a one-of-a-kind cheese or if I’m looking for the very best cheese that France has to offer. I suggest taking your time and asking questions. They welcome cheese-loving visitors from all over the globe, so the staff are multilingual and have been expertly trained to help you put together the perfect cheeseboard, or choose cheeses to vacuum seal (sous-vide) to take home with you. 

The extraordinary products offered here, such as a ewes’ milk cheese meticulously layered with minced black truffle, fresh chèvres marinated in nut oils with herbs and chiles, as well as the classic French fromages are worth every centime. 

47 ter Bd Saint Germain 75005 Paris
2 rue de Lourmel 75015 Paris
97 rue Saint Antoine 75004

Jouannault

This family-owned fromagerie is the best spot in the upper Marais for expertly ripened cheese. Priscilla and her husband Nicolas are both fromagers and affineurs (experts trained in the art of aging cheese) and they mature their cheeses in 17th century stone cellars underneath the shop. Affinage is a special skill and not many fromageries have the space, or the know-how, so it definitely makes this cheese shop special.

I love their dedication to the profession, offering a generous array of seasonal chèvres in the spring and summer, which are sourced directly from small producers, and in the winter they offer a few wheels of Tomme du Jura au Vin Jaune, a cheese that Nicolas picks up personally in the French Alps every November. It’s a cheese I look forward to tasting every year! 

39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003

Paroles de Fromagers

When Pierre Brisson decided to open his own fromagerie, he went all out. His first shop, on the rue du Faubourg du Temple, is an impressive three-story shop dedicated to dairy! In addition to selling cheese, they offer classes on both cheesemaking and tasting, and Pierre produces and ripens cheeses himself on-site. His second shop is more traditional and tucked away in the 15ème (luckily just around the corner from me!), and also offers his hand-picked products. 

Pierre works closely with many farmers and small producers throughout France, so this is where I go when I’m on the hunt for something unusual such as seasonal, smoked goat cheese made just outside of Paris or a buttery cow’s milk tomme nestled and aged in fresh hay.

41 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010
223 Rue de la Croix Nivert, 75015

Fromagerie Goncourt

This is a noteworthy fromagerie for the generous selection of Corsican cheeses such as farm-produced Brocciu, a fine curd, fresh cheese that is somewhat like ricotta but made with ewes milk, and Venaco, a rich and heady fromage made from either goat or ewes milk and produced in the Corsican mountains. 

The passionate owner, Clément Brossault, goes out of his way to make everyone who walks in feel welcome and there is a close-knit, neighborhood spirit to the place. He and his staff welcome questions and I truly admire their dedication to supporting small farmers and promoting raw milk cheese. This is a fromagerie that I happily go out of my way for!

1, rue Abel Rabaud 75011


Photos and text by Jennifer Greco.

Jennifer shares her Top Ten Cheeses in France here.

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Find out about Paris cheese tours with Jennifer, sending an inquiry via her website or at Paris by Mouth.

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Top 10 Cheese Shops in Paris

23 comments

  • Charlie
    June 3, 2021 11:12am

    This is a really informative and useful article. Thanks for posting it. My one experience at a Paris cheese shop was fascinating. It was near the Opera about ten years ago. I was the only customer, and the owner talked my ear off about the cheeses and about the health benefits of eating cheese.

    • June 3, 2021 4:36pm
      David Lebovitz

      Yes, many small shop owners are passionate about what they offer and carry and it’s easy to find ones who want you to understand what they are selling and why it’s so good. Sometimes it can be overwhelming (especially when you have somewhere else to be!) but I’ve learned a lot just asking questions, and listening.

  • Cynthia Gibson
    June 3, 2021 11:58am

    I think you left out Androuet. I remember the shop on the first floor, then taking the elevator for luncheon to the second floor. It was designed after an alpine home. Adrouet then changed to a very moderne resto. It was not as loved as the original, but the cheeses to me are still the best. Xxoo Mrs. G

    • June 3, 2021 1:49pm
      David Lebovitz

      There are several very good cheese shops in Paris, such as Androuet, Aleosse, Barthelemy, Quatrehomme, Cantin, which are all terrific, but I asked Jennifer to name her top favorites & she chose some lesser-known shops, but Androuet (and the others) are excellent, too! (And I’ve got several on her list that I plan to visit soon…)

  • Bob Knudson
    June 3, 2021 2:01pm

    Wow! My mouth is watering. If this article, and the accompanying photos, doesn’t make you want to get back to Paris, then nothing will!

  • Cynthia Gibson
    June 3, 2021 2:05pm

    Dear David! thanks for your reply! Am growing my own peaches on my terrace in Uzes, cannot wait to make your ice cream this summer!

  • Bricktop
    June 3, 2021 4:35pm

    Our numero un is Barthelemy, but it’s nice to see some other places too.

  • JenniferC
    June 3, 2021 5:11pm

    Jennifer is the best food tour guide as well, via Paris by Mouth. Love La Ferme Alexander (who wrapped up my cheeses so carefully and made it safely home back to the US, including my treasured Hercule cheese) and Jouannault. I’m going to have to check out Frescolet next time I’m in Paris.

    • June 3, 2021 7:36pm
      David Lebovitz

      Glad to hear you had a good tour with her. She’s very nice, and very knowledgeable, and I know she’s really looking forward to leading cheese tours again!

  • Donna Litvin
    June 3, 2021 5:55pm

    This is so helpful to readers planning their Paris trips! Every time my traveling buddy and I are returning to the US, we say “We didn’t eat enough cheese”!

  • MR in NJ
    June 3, 2021 7:33pm

    What lovely shops and gorgeous cheese. I don’t know how I would choose.

    In the last photo, what are the dark cone-shaped ones on the right? Are they coated in cocoa? And the white spherical ones behind them? Oh my heart. Pass the fresh baguette, please.

  • Marie
    June 3, 2021 9:10pm

    Paroles de Fromagers is indeed amazing. They seem to follow me (or the way around) as I’ve lived in two flats that were a few buildings away from them (206 rue de La Croix Nivert and 44 rue du Faubourg du Temple)!
    If they’re looking to open a new shop I now live on rue Oberkampf, à bon entendeur!

  • Ruth Kleinfeld
    June 3, 2021 10:35pm

    I also noticed the omission of Androuet. Several years ago my cousin and I indulged in the 8 or 10 course cheese meal. Edifying but quite satiated! I look forward to trying a few of her favorites.

  • Calista Foisy
    June 3, 2021 11:13pm

    Hi David,
    Could you please, once again give the correct pronunciation of Comte? I recently read that is was pronounced “con-tay”. But, I don’t remember you pronouncing it that way. And, I would like to be correct.
    Thank you!

    • June 4, 2021 10:21am
      David Lebovitz

      yes, it’s “con-tay” – the “m” is pronouced as an “n”

  • GiGi
    June 4, 2021 1:08am

    I have been to Marie-Anne’s shop. Early one morning I wanted some cheese to carry with me with a piece of baguette as I prepared to go to the marche aux puces. You would have thought I was buying for a party of 50. The service was so special. She was so gracious and was as happy as I was for my adventure. And of course, it was expertly wrapped. Oh, America! Please love food like the French. It makes life so delicious.

  • Monicak
    June 4, 2021 4:54am

    Love the prices as well and it’s in kilograms. Wish it was abit more affordable in US.

  • June 4, 2021 1:37pm

    Cynthia – Androuet has fabulous cheese shops and I sometimes shop at the one just down the street from me, so I highly recommend them as well. It was difficult to narrow the list down to just 10!

  • June 4, 2021 1:41pm

    Thank you so much, Jennifer! As David said, I am very excited to be leading tours again and am pretty sure I’ll be seeing you back in Paris soon. :)

  • June 4, 2021 1:47pm

    MR in NJ – It was a tough choice!

    The red cones are called Boulette d’Avesnes and they are usually coated in paprika which gives them that distinctive red color. The white dome behind is Gaperon, which is flavored with garlic and black peppercorns.

  • Colleen
    June 5, 2021 5:14pm

    Three years ago I used this blog as my travel guide and had many wonderful experiences, including a tour with Paris by Mouth in the Latin Quarter. I do not remember the name of the cheese shop, but I can still taste the bite of the goat cheese so fresh that the thyme that was a not insubstantial portion of the diet of the goats came through in the cheese. The guide said that in a few days, it would not be perceptible.
    It was also special as we were standing just outside of the shop sharing this treat as a group eating the same bite at the same time. (The rest of the cheese was shared later at a wine shop. All of it was delicious, but the memory is less vivid.) I am realizing how fun that sounds now — standing around with a group of strangers eating shared food.
    I look forward to shared food experiences again, and, of course, Paris as well.

  • Marsha Seeley
    June 13, 2021 7:31am

    We are Jennifer Greco fans! We have taken her cheese tour and sent friends to her, too. She’s engaging and knowledgeable and her tours are delightful.

  • Thora Barker
    July 17, 2021 5:59pm

    Looking for a soft cheese that is laced with Kirsch. It is delicious served with Bing cherries!!! The one I had was called Gourmand but I can no longer find it. Is there another??? Thank you

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