Best Cheese Shops in Paris: Our Favorite Fromageries

Last Updated on March 20, 2024

Barthelemy, one of the best cheese shops in Paris (photo by Rachel Naismith)
Barthelemy, one of the finer Parisian cheese shops (photo by Rachel Naismith)

Just as with croissants and baguettes, Parisians rarely venture far from home for cheese, preferring the familiarity of their neighborhood fromagerie. Why? In these local shops, the rapport between the shop-owner and patrons is often as important as the cheese itself. While my first foray into French cheese was through the aisles of a local supermarket—where the dazzling selection made the cheddar back in South London look utterly pedestrian—I quickly learned that the real magic happens in the smaller, artisanal shops.

Fromageries hold a very special place in France’s culinary landscape. They’re all about craftsmanship, regional pride, and the kind of personalized service that transforms each cheese purchase into a special occasion, whether it’s for a casual Sunday dinner or the lavish spreads of Christmas Eve. It’s no exaggeration to say that living in France, amidst the trials of bureaucracy and daunting phone calls in another language, I’ve found cheese to be a grounding force: it’s a small reminder of why I chose to make this city my home.

France famously produces over 1,200 varieties of cheese, making it all a bit intimidating to the uninitiated. I initially stuck to what I knew and could pronounce. Yet stepping out of one’s comfort zone, both phonetically and taste-wise, is immensely rewarding. So without further ado, here’s my selection of some of the best cheese shops in Paris. The fromageries I’ve chosen to spotlight welcome English speakers, making it easy to ask for advice and recommendations. While much is made of cheese “etiquette”—the dos and don’ts of selection, consumption, and presentation—I believe the essence of enjoying the act of buying French cheeses lies in simple acts of politeness, curiosity, and not touching anything without paying for it first!  

Chez Virginie

Chez Virginie, one of the best fromageries (cheese shops) in Paris (photo by Rachel Naismith)
Chez Virginie (photo by Rachel Naismith)

Let’s start with a cheese shop that’s both near to my house and close to my heart. I feel incredibly lucky to live near not one, but two Chez Virginie locations, both situated in northern Montmartre. The one closest to me sits on the lively Rue Damrémont. Flanked by various traiteurs and wine shops, it’s small but mighty, with a captivating window display always filled with an avalanche of cheese, some studded with dried fruits and flowers, others in colorful wrappers.

The shop is very much a family affair, now in the hands of the third generation since it first opened in 1946. It beautifully blends traditional and modern elements, offering unique flavor combinations surrounded by the old-school charm of wooden beams and tiled floors. It’s not the cheapest fromagerie in the city, but the quality is exceptional: not just the cheeses themselves, but the service, and even the elegant paper in which they wrap their products.

The staff here are incredibly friendly and helpful, and with their fluent English, they’ve guided me through my first raclette experience–a rich melted-cheese feast traditionally served with potatoes and enjoyed communally, preferably in an Alpine lodge somewhere– and advised on the cheeses that are best suited for travel, and offering vacuum sealing for the cheeses I purchased at no extra charge.

My usual buys? The “brie façon tigre“, a creamy brie heady with crushed peppercorns that create a striking tiger stripe effect, and their ‘tomme aux fleurs,’ a nutty and aromatic raw milk cheese from Alsace covered in edible flowers that earned me approving nods from French friends at a recent gathering.

Getting There & Contact

  • Address: 54 Rue Damrémont, 75018 (18th arrondissement)
  • Metro Station: Lamarck
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 9:30am – 1pm, 4pm -7:45pm, Friday & Saturday, 9:30am – 7:45pm
  • Visit the official website

Hardouin-Langlet

A fresh cheese from Hardouin-Langlet, one of the most beloved cheese shops in Paris. Image: Official website/Hardouin Langlet

I discovered Hardouin-Langlet while researching for a food tour I was planning around the Marché d’Aligre. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the covered section of the market (Marché Beauveau), it’s operated by Cyrille, a gentleman who honed his skills as an apprentice under M. Langlet, who founded the cheese shop in 2009. Cyrille is particularly proud of his close ties with all the farmers who supply his cheeses, and the shop also touts the fact that it stocks over 350 varieties of fromage, of which 90% are made with raw milk. They also offer several high-quality butters.

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The small chalkboard displayed behind the counter, detailing the daily specials and seasonal products, is incredibly useful given the vast selection, which can feel a bit overwhelming, especially when the market is buzzing and there’s a line of people waiting behind you.

I’ve found it’s wise to take a moment to explore the offerings before making a decision (while staff are kind and eager to assist, having an idea of whether you’re in the mood for a blue, goat’s, or cow’s milk cheese can streamline the process).

During the summer months, I recommend taking your cheese to the nearby Square Trousseau for an outdoor picnic—the market also offers bread, fruit, and more to complement your selection. A quick side note: right beside Langlet is an Italian stand. Although I haven’t included it in this guide because we’re focusing on France, they offer an exquisite selection of Italian cheeses, including fresh mozzarella, ricotta salata (a rare find in Paris) and genuine Parmesan, along with other Italian treats that are delightful if you’re planning an alfresco meal.

Getting There & Contact

  • Address: 6 Place d’Aligre, 75012 (inside Le marché couvert Beauvau) (12th arrondissement)
  • Metro: Ledru-rollin
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30 am–1 pm, 4–7:30 pm, Sunday 7:30am – 2pm

Fromagerie Quatrehomme Martyrs 

Fromagerie Quatrehomme Martyrs, a beloved local Paris cheese shop (photo by Rachel Naismith)
Fromagerie Quatrehomme Martyrs (photo by Rachel Naismith)

I first discovered Quatrehomme through friends, who had purchased the fromagerie’s advent calendar, cleverly offering a new cheese to unwrap every day leading up to Christmas. They introduced me to a black garlic Mancha cheese they’d unveiled the day before—a unique variant of Spanish Manchego with a smoky, marbled twist from the black garlic. It was so good that it drew me to explore Quatrehomme for myself. Situated on the Rue de Martyrs, the artery of an area that’s become a destination in its own right for anyone seeking gourmet experiences in Paris, the shop draws you in with the unmistakable aromas of cheese.

The shop is smart yet inviting, with staff who strike the perfect balance between helpful and hands-off, allowing you to explore at your own pace.  I love their inventive take on classics (a Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese filled with fig and nut fruit jelly), a piquant tomme pierced with a line of Basque Espelette pepper, or a Camembert richly topped with dried fruits, nuts, and dark chocolate). Each cheese speaks of innovation, never veering into the gimmicky: a hallmark of the legacy left by Marie Quatrehomme, the first woman to be honored as “Meilleur artisan de France” (Best Artisan of France) in the cheese category in 2000.

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Beyond cheese, this fromagerie offers hand-pressed juices, homemade jams, an inviting selection of natural wines, and occasionally fresh pesto. There are a few Quatrehomme stores dotted throughout the city, but head to the Rue des Martyrs branch and you can make a day out of all the foodie picks nearby. 

Getting There & Contact

  • Address: 26 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 (9th arrondissement)
  • Metro: Saint-Georges, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Cadet or Pigalle
  • Opening hours:  Tuesday — Saturday, 9 am–7:45 am, Sunday, 10am-2pm
  • Visit the official website

Androuet 

Cheeses at Maison Androuet in Paris, one of the best traditional fromageries in the capitak. Image by Courtney Traub (all rights reserved)
Cheeses at Maison Androuet in Paris/Image by Courtney Traub (all rights reserved)

While Maison Androuet has several outlets across Paris (and beyond), each maintains a boutique-like charm.  Recognizable by their bright red doors, tiled interiors, and the tantalizing aroma of cheese that wafts from each branch onto the street, these stores are anything but chain-like. I owe much of my French-speaking prowess to the patient vendor at the Rue de Verneuil branch in the 7th arrondissement, who persists with speaking to me in French.

Admittedly, I had some apprehension on entering his shop at first time. The 7th arrondissement can feel rather haughty, and the tiny shop interior left me fearing a misstep. However, the staff’s remarkable expertise and warmth quickly dispelled my concerns.

They eagerly encourage cheese tasting and delight in showcasing the extensive cheese map of France pinned to the counter, helping you choose regional specialties, some of which are exceptionally rare; often, only fifty cheeses of a particular variety exist.

Each visit brings new discoveries, and my French teacher-slash-cheesemonger enthusiastically highlights seasonal offerings every time, the most recent being an indulgent and buttery Soumaintrain made with raw cow’s milk and hailing from Burgundy. I bought quite a bit of it.

The goat cheeses, particularly the crottins, are a joy to behold: tiny, candy-like orbs in myriad shapes and hues, many exclusive to Androuet. In 2008, Stéphane Blohorn, the current steward of Maison Androuet, was honored as a “Maître-Fromager” (master cheesemaker) and it was he who passionately advocated for cheese as a “living heritage” before the French senate during the UNESCO registration process for French gastronomy. 

If you’re fortunate, they might have a few bags of their melt-in-the-mouth homemade cheese biscuits on the counter; these make a superb accompaniment to any aperitif.

Getting There & Contact

  • Address: 37 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 (7th arrondissement)
  • Metro: Rue du Bac or Solférino
  • Opening hours:  Monday 4pm – 7:30pm, Tuesday — Thursday 9:30am-1pm, 4pm-7:30pm, Friday, 9:30am – 1:30pm, 3pm – 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Visit the official website

Parole de Fromagers

Cheeses aging in a cellar at Paroles de Fromagers in Paris

Paroles de Fromagers is a unique spot in the city’s 10th arrondissement that combines a cheese shop, tasting bar, and educational center in one friendly location. Created by Pierre Brisson, a Burgundy native with dreams of cheesemaking since childhood, this place offers a collection of about 150 artisanal cheeses. The essence of Paroles de Fromagers (read full review) lies in its approach to making the vast (and often daunting) world of cheese accessible to everyone.

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Warm staff are eager to share their knowledge and help you make your picks in the upstairs shop, or else you can indulge in some well-curated cheese and charcuterie boards in their cozy dining area. Downstairs, the 17th-century cellars not only house aging cheeses but also serve as a venue for fun and informative workshops and tastings.

Whether you’re there for a casual nibble with friends or some serious tasting, Paroles de Fromagers is an accessible spot in which to learn a little bit more of the world of fromage, whether you’re an aficionado or novice. Brisson’s passion has even led him to plan a museum dedicated to cheesemaking, set to open in Spring 2024—you can visit the website to find out more and book tastings/workshops. 

Getting There & Contact

  • Address: 41 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 (10th arrondissement)
  • Metro: République, Goncourt or Belleville
  • Opening hours: Monday 4pm – 7:45pm, Tuesday—Friday 10 am–2 pm, 4pm–7:45 pm, Saturday 9:15am – 7:45pm
  • Visit the official website to reserve a table, tasting session or workshop

Monbleu 

Monbleu cheese shop in Paris, France- image courtesy of same
Monbleu cheeses presented at the shop/Official Facebook page

Monbleu rather excitingly combines a fromagerie and a bistro. At the heart of its selection are cheeses from the Rhône-Alpes, handpicked by Pierre Gay, a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, who was born and raised in the Alps. Monbleu welcomes cheese lovers of all budgets — a rarity in artisanal fromageries — and you can genuinely find great steals here that don’t compromise on flavor. The Père Lachaise outlet, affectionately dubbed “Père Lacheese,” is particularly inviting, blending the warmth of a neighborhood spot with a young, hip feel.

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This venue stands out not just for its playful name but its friendliness and fun, underscored by colorful decor, staff sporting ‘Keep Calm and Eat Raclette’ tees and a dynamism that contrasts with the more reserved cheese shops in the city. In the cooler months, their all-you-can-eat raclette is one of the best in the city, featuring a good selection of funky flavors — truffle, black garlic, and Espelette pepper, to name a few. Beyond this, the bistro offers personalized cheese boards and interesting sharing plates (including my favorite candied Espelette peppers that pair excellently with goat’s cheese).  

The restaurant is perfect for large groups and families, offering a fun and relaxed way to enjoysome superb cheeses. If you do want to pop into the shop to purchase cheese to take away, don’t miss their juniper-smoked goat’s cheese— a true one-of-a-kind with its fruity and salty flavor profile. 

Getting There & Contact

  • Address: 151 bis Rue de la Roquette, 75011 
  • Metro: Père Lachaise or Philippe Auguste
  • Opening hours: Tuesday — Saturday 11am – 11pm
  • Visit the official website

Fromagerie Goncourt 

Fromagerie Goncourt in Paris (photo by Rachel Naismith)
Fromagerie Goncourt (photo by Rachel Naismith)

On a drizzly Paris day, the bright blue facade of Fromagerie Goncourt, tucked away near Avenue Parmentier in the diverse and lively Belleville neighborhood, is a cheerful sight. Here, amidst the evolving cool spots and the hum of local life, the fromagerie stands quietly confident, away from tourist paths but still within an easy stroll from the buzzing Place de la République. You won’t find endless rows of cheeses here, but each you will discover is meticulously selected, neatly waiting behind glass doors.

The speciality here is Corsican cheeses. Bold, a little wild, and not for everyone, they are definitely something to talk about: particularly the Calenzana (an unpasteurized goat’s cheese that’s very soft in texture and very strong in taste).  

There are classics too: comtés in all their nutty glory, silken bries (my favorite is their punchy brie moutarde, aka mustard brie), salty Roqueforts and and even bowls of creamy Gorgonzola and Stracciatella. Cheese isn’t the only item on the menu, either: there’s a fine selection of other goodies ideal for rounding out your cheese board or picnic basket: cured sausage, fancy chips, Normandy ciders, sparkling rhubarb drinks, and when the weather’s nice, their farm-fresh ice creams are a real treat. 

Getting There & Contact

  • Address: 1 Rue Abel Rabaud, 75011 
  • Metro: Goncourt
  • Opening hours: Monday 3:30pm-8pm, Tuesday—Friday 9am-1:30pm, 3:30pm-8pm, Saturday 9am-8pm
  • Visit the official website

Barthélémy 

Barthélémy (photo by Rachel Naismith)
Barthélémy (photo by Rachel Naismith)

Barthélémy has earned its stripes in the Paris cheese scene, notably mentioned by Paris by Mouth for its “famously intimidating” shopkeepers—a description that had me admiring the shop’s inviting glow from afar, a little hesitant to venture inside.

Yet, when I finally did step through its doors, the welcome was nothing but warm. When I last visited I was even given a short tour of the shop by none other than the shop’s esteemed manager, Claire Griffon, herself. The only moment of slight intimidation came when I inquired about the quality of a goat cheese, to which Claire deadpanned, “No, it’s terrible,” catching me off guard!

The interior, a cozy enclave lined with an impressive selection of cheeses and elegant marble counters, felt inviting. As the manager guided me around, the shop unfolded as a place of community and warmth. Customers were greeted by name, their tastes and preferences well catered to, making the place feel like a neighborhood hub. My attention was drawn to a special section at the back, home to the shop’s unique concoctions and twists on classic cheeses, all in-house creations.

Among them, the Fontainebleau stood out—a cheese Claire boasted was worth crossing Paris for. Cloud-like and airy, it’s not dissimilar in texture or taste to Chantilly cream, but it’s unsweetened. Claire recommended serving it with berries or on blinis with salmon, though there was a caveat: it has to be enjoyed on the day of purchase.

Other specialties included a Cherry Bibi fourme d’ambert, its blue-cheese richness complemented by macerated cherries, and a brie creatively stuffed with figs. Also not to be missed was the nougat de vieux gouda, an aged gouda filled with dried fruits and nuts, its appearance mimicking the sweet confectionery. Offering a journey into the luxury of French cheese craftsmanship at its finest, Barthélémy is regarded as a true Paris classic for good reason. 

Getting There & Contact

  • Address: 51 Rue de Grenelle, 75007
  • Metro: Rue du Bac
  • Opening hours: Tuesday—Saturday 8:30 am–7:30 pm

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