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Cheese Shops In Paris - Complete List?

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Does anyone know of a website which lists all cheese shops in Paris?

For example, the "Professional Chamber Of Artisans Bakers & Patissers" has a list of all boulangeries and patisseries in Paris:

http://www.boulangerie75.org/contact_...

I'm sure some association of some kind has a similar list for fromageries but I'm struggling to find it.

I'm expecting any site to be in French.

Can someone help?

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  1. Don't know about websites or directories, but

    Paristore (http://www.paris-store.com/) has a good site and sells most things Chinese.

    OOPS! I read Chinese for Cheese. Sorry about that. Just getting old I guess.

    1. This is a list, not complete, of 110 fromageries in Paris. If this does not suffice, you may want to look up the phone book, which will surely have the most complete list, if not complete.
      http://www.address-book.fr/alimentati...
      May I ask why you want a complete list, regardless of quality ?

      1. Parigi - thanks for your reply.

        However, I don't see any link in your post?

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        1. re: acpevans

          Oops. Added. Thanks.

          1. re: Parigi

            Thanks. Appreciated :)

            I'm sure though there must be something more complete. Your phone book idea is a good one but I can't believe there isn't some fromagerie association of some kind. This is France after all!

            I'm going to do some more diggin'...

            To answer your question, I'm going to be in Paris for three months early 2014 and would like to be able to get cheese (and other things...) wherever am I without having to do an internet search.

            I'll be loading these into a custom app I built with the aim that I'm always within a short walking distance of a cheese shop, boulangerie etc...

            I will of course be filtering for quality but that's the easy part what with your and other regular poster's helpful comments :)

            I've been a lurker here on the Paris board for a month or so now and have read most of your posts to date...

            1. re: acpevans

              "the aim that I'm always within a short walking distance of a cheese shop, boulangerie etc..."
              You always will be.
              The list I linked has about 110 fromageries. If you think you need more in order not to walk too much, ok, happy research.
              I strongly urge you to narrow instead of expanding your list by now, based on quality. :)
              For example, within 3-minute walk from my home, there are 2-award winning boulangeries. Make it a 10-minute walk, the award-winner expand to 5. I don't count the didly losers. :)
              Cheese shops: An instant count turns up 5 within a 15-minute walk.
              You really don't need an exhaustive list for the entire Paris. You need to find out the good ones among the ones that are inevitably near you.
              Unless you are not looking for anything good. You just need the nearest bread, or the nearest cheese, accent on the nearest, like a bathroom. :)

              1. re: Parigi

                Sometimes cheese is needed like a bathroom...

                But I can't go in a dirty bathroom...

                1. re: Rio Yeti

                  I truly L.O.L.
                  You so summed up the issue here.

              2. re: acpevans

                I there is a cheese association it would probably be one that selects members based on quality and standards like aging in the shop. If if anything it's going to be a shorter list rather than longer.

                I agree with Parigi that you are never far from a good baker, cheese shop etc in Paris. The challenge in Paris is selecting the better ones in such a rich environment. I suggest you simply focus on building a list of renowned places rather than the Herculean task of listing all. Note: I tried not to use "best" as it's equally fruitless to waste time in searching for the best one in Paris when so many are great.

          2. Gault-Millau in Oct 2012 put out an issue containing their list of the 92 best fromageries in FRANCE.
            l carry the list with me all over France.
            Paris has 12 on the list.

            1. When I pull up a google map for any address in Paris and type "fromagerie" in the Recherche à Proximité (or whatever it is in English) box, and then zoom out so that the map gets all of Paris in the window, I get 15+ pages of results. And these do not include the cheese stalls at almost every "marché volant" (the 2- or 3-times a week outdoor markets) in most quartiers (see http://marches.equipements.paris.fr/ ). Of course, there are fewer cheese shops and marchés in the tourist zones than there are in the real-life quartiers.

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              1. re: Parnassien

                I had the same idea and I think as far as "complete" goes, this is it.

                Google places can sometimes but unreliable which I why I hesitated to go down this road but I think this is going to be the best bet.

                Thanks for push :)

                1. re: acpevans

                  Paris is quite a small city so even with a short high quality list you won't be far from a good option. No point in adding information overload the 80/20 rule holds true for cheese shops.

                  1. re: acpevans

                    Remember there are two types of cheese shops.
                    First are cheese shops, they buy a cheese at a wholesaler as Rungis or distributor and put it in their display cases and sell it, just as most of USA.

                    Second there is an affineur ( ager ), who buy some, most, all of his product from the people who make it, then plop in aging rooms near or in his store, and age it. The aging can be by varied temperature, by washing the cheese with brine, alcohol, beer, ambergris whatever till the cheese hits ripeness, or even just time in perfect temperature for that product. when it attains perfect ripeness, then they put it in the display cases and sell it.

                    there is no rule that one type will be better than other, however, the meilleur award always come from the affineurs. l have had perfect product from the first type, but many times that is because l know what the proper condition is for that particular product. An underaged or overaged cheese is often unpleasant and always shows the cheese in a less than perfect state. You might dislike Cantal as your only example was a very young one that was chalky and you wonder what all the fuss is, or a St Nectaire that smelled like a wet basement and you thought vile. true it was vile but not what the cheese can be, and usually is.

                    Thus l use stores that age as Dubois, and stores that do not completely as Ferme St Hubert, as the former are often great, but more expensive and have a smaller selection and the latter ages some things like their Maroilles but have a larger selection at lower price.

                    Another example, the world and this board, including me, has always praised L Dubois 48 month comte as fabulous. l used to agree. However, the last three times it has been, IMHO, over the edge and while very crystally, has tasted well past its perfect zone. At Ferme St Hubert they carry the Marcel Petite Comte, aged by the distributor till right then sold to stores. Their 36-40 month really is wonderful and is spot-on a correctly aged comte.

                    The rule is no rule and product at either type of store may be awesome and may be less than. It is your responsibility to know what is great and what is not. Difficult yes, but one learns with time. remember first and foremost, the store is a business and it is unlikely they will not sell a too old product to you when if not to you, may have to be trashed soon or the opposite if all they have is young unaged product and you ask for that cheese, that is what you will get.

                    this is why it is always said, taste, taste, taste. It does not matter what stage the cheese is in, it only matters that you like what it is. Fortunately unlike beef, bread, or whatever, this is one foodstuff you can taste before buying, so do so.

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      Re: "has always praised L Dubois 48 month comte as fabulous. l used to agree. However, the last three times it has been, IMHO, over the edge and while very crystally, has tasted well past its perfect zone."

                      -- When we shopped there a few weeks ago, we bought big chunks of the 3+ and 2+ year old comte, and they are tasting just great as of last night. I don't recall an older one (they offered at least three, one quite young, about 1 year) and indeed the very helpful clerk warned us that even the 3+ was approaching too old, but we tasted and were happy to get it anyway. Also on the clerk's rec, we did pass this time on the 4+ (5?) yr old gruyere, which we did find the last time to be drying too much, altho we loved the crystals. -- Jake

                      1. re: Jake Dear

                        BTW their two year was Marcel Petite, saw the label. They may just age his stuff for all of their comte, do not know.
                        Petite is a great brand, always dependable.

                2. Nothing to do with a complete list but I just wanted to point out to the CHers who are in Paris right now that, among the seasonal cheeses now available in Paris, there is at the moment one that you should not miss: brie frais, or fresh brie.

                  It is brie cheese just past the curd stage, still wet and chalk-white, in the early stage of fermentation. It is fantastic.

                  On its own, with pink radishes, spread on toast for breakfast or kneaded with finely chopped garlic, chives and herbs.

                  This cheese being hard to find, I can assure that I bought some at the Marché Monge today, from the large cheese stall run by a Portuguese family, facing Thierry Magnien's vegetable stall.

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                  1. re: Ptipois

                    Thank you for the information on brie frais. Will try to get to Marche Monge on Wednesday.

                    1. re: Ptipois

                      After trying my luck in 4 cheese shops, one who never heard of it and one who tricked me into buying cheese I didn't want nor need (and it's not the right time for unnecessary expenses...), I have finally stumbled on rue de Lancry, on a small cheese shop that sells "Brie frais" a.k.a Brie Gourmand...

                      Such an interesting cheese, like a chèvre frais but with some light "brie" characteristics, and this one has a great grassy touch to it too.

                      Thank you Ptipois. :)

                    2. A geographical list is simple. Just search for "fromageries near Paris" in Google Maps, and out pops up a map with listing for over 100 fromageries all over Paris.