February 9, 2011
Where to Buy Cheese in Paris
I'm really not trying to show favoritism, but after spending a week at the award winning Fromagerie Laurent Dubois in Paris in December, getting to know the owners, staff and incredible array of mouth-watering cheeses while working both in the front of house and down in the caves d'affinage, I feel like I should have an opinion about the place.
And I can tell you in all honesty that Monsieur and Madame Dubois and the staff at both of their shops are incredibly passionate and quite happy to share their knowledge with you, whether it be helping you to select a small wedge of perfectly aged Comté to enjoy on your own, or by putting together an entire cheese board for you to share with your guests.
La Fromagerie Laurent Dubois has three locations: one in the 15th arrondissement (their original shop), one in the 5th and a new shop in the 4th, opened in October 2013.
They offer almost the same selection, but the ambiance of the two older shops is considerably different. The shop in the 15th has the feel of a local, neighborhood place, while the one in the 5th on the Boulevard Saint-Germain caters more toward tourists.
I haven't had a chance to visit the new shop in the Marais yet.
Fromagerie Laurent Dubois
2 rue de Lourmel
47ter Boulevard Saint-Germain
And a new shop in the Marais (Oct 2013)!
97-99 rue Saint Antoine
Please do not be intimidated by the Fromageries in Paris.
In general, the staff love to share their passion for the product and most of them speak English. They will be happy to help you.
I also found that they really appreciated when cheese loving foreigners came in and wanted to try something new!
In addition to la Fromagerie Laurent Dubois, there are a few other cheese shops in Paris that I highly recommend:
Fromagerie Chez Virginie
54 rue Damrémont
Métro : Guy Môquet
12, rue Champs de Mars
Métro : École-Militaire