Looking for Quebec cheese
- foodlovinggal May 21, 2010 02:47 PM
I'll be in Montreal for a couple of days and will be staying in the International district. I would love to buy some local cheese to take back home with me. I love the stinky stuff. Can you recommend some cheeses and where to buy it. Thanks!
Go scope out the cheese shops at Marché Atwater (Lionel Groulx station). They will advise you and provide a few tastes too for some of the cheeses before you buy.
Atwater Markert has the Fromagerie downstairs and an Hamel outlet upstairs, which makes it a great spot.
That said, I think Jean Talon Market is even better, with Hamel's mother store, the Qui Lait Cru cheese monger and, probably best of all from a local cheese standpoint, Le Marché des Saveurs, the Quebec food and drink store. Their cheese counter is 98% Québécois (they sell a few imported cheeses. like Parmesan, which don't have a worthy Quebec analogue) and less busy than the big stores, meaning they can be generous with their time and explanations, not to mention tastes.
Here's an earlier discussion on Quebec cheeses. Stinky ones include La Sauvagine and Pied de Vent. You might also enjoy Hamel's Maroilles à la Maudite. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/650367
Both markets are easily accessible via the metro. Hop on the orange line near your hotel and head to Jean-Talon station for the Jean Talon Market or Lionel-Groulx station for Atwater Market.