Simply one of the most beautiful (and expensive) fromageries in Paris.
About this workshop
If you’ve ever wondered why there are more than 500 different cheeses in France, how different cheeses are produced (what accounts for their texture, color, and smell?), why French cheesemakers use raw unpasteurized milk in their cheese, what the impact of seasonality and aging are on cheese, and how locals typically enjoy cheese in restaurants and at home… this is a tasting for you.
How much cheese? It depends on the day, but we usually go for at least 10 different cheeses, representing a wide variety of French regions and cheesemaking styles. And because it wouldn’t be a proper cheese tasting without wine, we’ll be matching at least five different French wines with our fromage and discussing principles for pairing cheese & wine that you can try on your own. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of some of the major categories and appellations of French cheese and wine, and you’ll have so much fun that it won’t feel like learning.
A Montmartre cheese shop with a (usually) friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Virginie sells only raw-milk cheeses at her lovely Montmartre shop.
This fromagerie is in the covered Marché Beauvau, adjacent to the Marché Aligre.
In the heart of the colorful rue Faubourg Saint-Denis, this full service traiteur has an excellent cheese department, and boasts an impressive collection of Champagnes, whiskies, and other spirits.
This cheese shop is just outside the Treilhard market.
This fromagerie is part of a stretch of food shops on rue de Bretagne, and just outside the Marché des Enfants Rouges.
Pascal Beillevaire is not just a shop, but a producer of cheeses, plus excellent butters and other dairy treats.
"All the cheeses of France," boasts the website of this shop. Not quite, but a huge variety all the same.
This cheese shop has an tasting room upstairs for light meals based either on cheese, or the silky house-made tofu. Madame Hisada, a master of French cheeses, is Japanese.
This historic cheese shop has several locations around Paris.
Stop at this fromagerie for an impromptu picnic on the Seine.
Laurent Dubois is a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), the highest designation for a cheesemonger and affineur in France. Especially strong in their selection of aged Comté, brebis from the Pyrenées, and small production chèvres. In the caves below the shop, Dubois ages a few cheeses well past the point where other affineurs (and the AOC system) are willing to go – a Sainte-Maure de Tourraine at 100 days, for example, and an extra old Fourme d’Ambert. In-house creations like Roquefort layered with quince paste and Camembert stuffed with marscapone and apples macerated in Calvados make for the perfect dessert.
Add this fromagerie to your Montorgeuil food crawl.
Mistress of cheese Marie Quatrehomme received the M.O.F. designation -- Meilleur Ouvrier de France -- in 2000.
A friendly, family-run fromagerie in the covered Marché Saint Germain.
One of the most elegant cheese shops in Paris, Marie-Anne Cantin also offers cheese tasting classes.
Fromager Eric Lefèbvre is an M.O.F. -- Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
This cheese shop is well-located for Buttes Chaumont picnic needs.
Eugène Graindorge made his first livarot in 1910 and the rest, as they say, is history. Now in the capable hands of Thierry Graindorge, the 3rd generation fromager in the family, La Fromagerie Graindorge also produces pont l’évêque, camembert de Normandie, neufchâtel and le grain d’orge, all made using traditional methods. After a fire destroyed the fromagerie in 1999, a new facility was constructed, complete with a “Village Fromager,” which is both a museum and a place to view the cheese making and maturing process. Visits with an audio guide last about an hour.
You're never far from fromage in Paris. At the links below you'll find practical information for cheese shops in every neighborhood.
American fans of the famed French cheese Mimolette are mite-y pissed off that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has temporarily banned the favorite cheese of Charles de Gaulle.
The most frequently asked questions about our food tours, all answered for you.