Philadelphia, PA - When buying cheese, it’s best to find a reliable source, such as a specialty market, cheese shop, or gourmet foods store specializing in cheeses. Often, your local farmer’s market and a cheesemaker’s Web site are excellent resources, as you will often speak directly to the cheesemakers, who will ensure that the products are in the best possible condition. When using a retail store, you will want to ensure that the staff is knowledgeable and swift turnover. The most fortunate will live in larger cities like Philly and have cut-to-order or cut-and-wrap retailers.
Top Cheese Shops Around Philadelphia
The Cheese Company
In 1976, Soheila Sobhani opened a revolutionary cheese store just eight miles from the heart of Philadelphia. While the aromatic shop may be small in square footage, it’s oversized when it comes to the vast selection of gourmet cheeses and specialty products on its shelves. For Fromage enthusiasts who can’t imagine cheese without a crusty loaf of homemade bread, Sobhani delivers tons of crispy baguettes, bagels, brioche buns, and French berry rolls. Alongside its wide array of baked goods, the shop is stocked with hundreds of items to compliment your cheese selection, including jams, coffees, wine vinegar, chocolates, crackers, and homemade salads. On sunny days, patrons can enjoy a cheesy sandwich, scone, or a cup of Joe outside on a wrought-iron table.217 Haverford Ave Narberth, PA 19072 (610) 667-3663
Cheese Etc. & Gourmet Gifts
Cheese Etc. is a gourmet grocer and gift shop specializing in personalized gifts for all tastes and budgets. Sure to meet all of your cheese needs, cheese lovers will especially adore Ken’s homemade cheese spreads, which change seasonally. Winter flavors include roasted red pepper, cranberry walnut, and cheddar pistachio. And don’t miss out on the gourmet coffees, teas, chocolates, cookies, muffins, and pet treats..686 Haddon Ave. Collingswood, NJ 08108 (856) 858-1144
Downtown Cheese Shop
Downtown Cheese Shop in the Reading Terminal Market features hand-made, small-batch, artisanal cheeses and domestic and imported farm cheeses. It also stocks a delicious assortment of first-rate olives, crackers, bottles of vinegar, and oils. Patrons are invited to taste small test samples of any of the cheeses, including cow, sheep, and goat cheeses, as well as Amish specialties. Owner Jack Morgan will cut chunks to order for your purchase. While picking up a domestic cheddar or imported brie for yourself, snap up some gift certificates for friends and family. Reading Terminal Market 45 N. 12th St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 351-7412
Di Bruno Bros.
Di Bruno Bros. has been a Philly culinary institution since 1939. The brothers know Italian food, and they know cheese. In 2004, the business added a third retail location in historic Rittenhouse Square, now a top destination for gourmet food lovers. The delightful shop has an Old World atmosphere with its brick tiled floors, antique light fixtures, and refrigerated glass counters of the best cheeses available from around the globe. Besides an out-of-this-world cheese selection, it specializes in gourmet meats, coffees, pasta sauces, olive oils, bottles of vinegar, and gift baskets. An upscale upstairs cafe serves daily lunches and weekend brunches.1730 Chestnut St.Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 665-9220
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