There’s no need to belabor the point about how great cheese is. If you’re reading this, then you already know. What you may not know is which shop to go to if you’re in LA and you’re hankering for top-shelf cheeses.
Before we dive into LA’s best cheese shops, here are a few things to look for at these specialty food shops:
- A good cheese shop carries a range of selection of cheeses (gouda, mozzarella, brie, gruyere, cheddar, provolone, parmesan, blue cheese, manchego, etc.), including cheeses that smell to high heaven. Ergo, even if you don’t love stinky cheeses, their presence is a good sign. You’ll find a wider range of new treasures at the smellier shops.
- Cheese is freshest straight from the wheel. Once it’s cut, it quickly starts to degrade, both texturally and flavor-wise, and nobody has time for that. The shops that care most about you walking out with the best-quality cheese will either be entirely cut to order or offer you the option of cutting down pieces that are pre-wrapped.
- Cheese is made from milk, and milk is made from cows, which eat plants all day. Depending on what plants are in season, the milk might taste different, which may make the cheese different from the last time you had it. As a result, their milk will taste different. Even if you’re buying a favorite cheese that you have all the time, it’s worth giving it a taste to make sure it’s what you’re looking for today. There should be cheese boards or cheese platters with some baguette around for you to check out and taste.
- While there are some wonderful cheese shops that focus on American-made cheeses (such as New York City’s Saxelby Cheesemonger or Mission Cheese Shop in San Francisco), most should have a great selection of both international classics and American standouts. Ask for a cheese plate and sample them.
If you’re looking for that perfect cheese for dinner parties, picnic dates, or afternoon sandwiches, then you need to get to these terrific LA spots for cheese:
Located inside the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, DTLA Cheese is a full-service cut-to-order cheese counter and eatery. This may be a tiny shop but they carry a good selection and they particularly like to feature local producers. You have a wide range of options to choose from with more than 100 cheeses available. In addition, you can enjoy limited baked goods, made-to-order plates, and a variety of cheesy sandwiches.
Location: 317 S. Broadway #45 Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
Everyone knows about the rich folks living in Beverly Hills, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s also where you can find the cheese paradise of LA. Cheeses here are available in various styles, whether you want a wedge, slice, wheel, slab, or a round of cheese. If you’re at wits’ end looking for some rare cheese, you need to come here. If you’re looking for some last-minute gift for a dinner party, come here too. With 400 kinds of cheese to choose from, you’ll never say you didn’t have enough options.
If you can, you should come to their cheese tastings that occur about twice a month. You get 10 slices of cheese matched with 7 wines, and the cheeses come from a particular area like Spain, Bordeaux, or maybe southern Italy.
Location: 419 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This cheese shop at Silver Lake is run and owned by Chef Glenn Harrell, and the man does know his cheeses. It’s a laidback place, and he’ll talk to you about what you like and where you’re going to identify the cheese you ought to buy. This shop has been around for 35 years, and it’s been a haven for cheese lovers for a long time now.
Location: 2800 Hyperion Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027
This shop in Haven Rock focuses on offering charcuterie, cheeses, and other handcrafted foods from independent LA producers. Milkfarm‘s selection is comprised of carefully selected cheese, as each one has been taste-tested first.
You can also get several types of small bites to eat. These include pastries, freshly baked bread, cheese, and charcuterie plates, and custom sandwiches. If you want to enjoy the food at the place, there’s a communal table where you can join like-minded cheese lover with a beer or wine.
Location: 2106 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
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In preparation for Thanksgiving we’ve stocked our case to the brim with tons of cheeses for you to try! Come by to try something new, or revisit an old friend! 🧀😯 —— 11/10/18 #milkfarmlunch HBB: french ham, double cream brie, herb butter, and cracked black pepper on ficelle • SPECK: fig jam, double cream brie, and greens on ficelle • ROAST BEEF: 18hr roast beef, blue cheese, onion jam, umami aioli, and mustard frill on ciabatta, served with beef jus • SQUASH MELT: roasted kabocha squash, toasted hazelnuts, sautéed garlic kale, smoked mozzarella, and fontina on multigrain • BLT: applewood smoked bacon, greens, oven roasted tomato, cheddar, basil almond pesto, and garlic aioli on focaccia • GRILLED CHEESE • COOKIES
Are you vegan? You may think that cheese isn’t part of your menu, but Vromage disagrees. After all, it’s the only vegan cheese shop in LA.
The “cheeses” here are different, since they don’t come from, and they don’t contain any animal products. Instead, they’ve been made from a wide variety of nuts and seeds. Using these cheeses, you can also enjoy their vegan menu with gluten-free open-faced sandwiches and salads. There’s even a vegan pizza made with the vegan cheese.
Location: 7988 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046