Hard, soft, stinky, or raw: Cheese is a glorious food. Sure, there are plenty of grocery stores for sourcing cheese in bricks, sticks, or even jars. When really great cheese is what’s on the menu, however, it’s time to kick it up a level and hit one of Vancouver’s many cheese shops.
Here are seven great places to buy cheese in Metro Vancouver.
Are you friends with cheese? Les Amis du Fromage most definitely is. Their two locations are chock full of cheese and staffed with savvy folks to help you pick out your next new favourite chevre or Camembert. Heck, they’ll even happily help you put together an entire cheese platter for your next party (or personal cheese celebration).
Address: 1752 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 843 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
This Italian deli on Commercial Drive is lauded repeatedly for their killer sandwiches, but La Grotta Del Formaggio (The Cheese Cave) has been a primo source for cheese and Italian goodies since it opened in 1977.
Address: 1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
The Benton brothers are in the cheese biz for the love of cheese, and they’re hoping their customers fall in love with it too. Open since 2007, Benton Brothers focuses on small-batch artisanal cheeses, and also sells charcuterie and other tasty nibbles for your fine cheese platters.
Address: 2104 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 225-1689 Johnson Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
Don’t let the meaty name fool you: Oyama Sausage is an incredible place for getting some cheese. They’re the ones with the unmistakable cheese display inside the market on Granville Island, with the many–and often funny–tags.
Address: 17-1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
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This specialty grocer shines when it comes to all things Italian, but they also happen to have a reliably good selection of cheese. Look for high-quality Italian imports, as well as BC-made cheese developed with Bosa.
Address: 1465 Kootenay Street Vancouver
Address: 956 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Head to Surrey to experience the awesomeness that is Greco’s. This longstanding gem south of the Fraser has an array of global groceries, including a great cheese section, and knowledgable staff to help you make your choices.
Address: 6886 King George Boulevard, Surrey
True, “Whole Paycheque” isn’t a full-blown cheese store, but this Austin-based grocery chain certainly rocks a most excellent array of cheese. Whether its from across the world or our own local farms, Whole Foods prides itself on wowing their customers with their cheese.