Best cheese shops in Vancouver

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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 is our list of the best cheese shops in Vancouver.

Les Amis du Fromage

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Les Amis du Fromage on Hastings (Photo by stephanie vacher/Flickr)

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).

Addresses:  1752 West 2nd Avenue, Kitsilano and 843 East Hastings Street, Strathcona
Phone: 604-732-4218 (Kitsilano) and 604-253-4218 (Strathcona)
Website: buycheese.com

La Grotta Del Formaggio

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, Grandview-Woodland
Phone: 604-255-3911
Website: www.lgdf.ca

Benton Brothers Fine Cheese

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Photo by Christine Rondeau/Flickr

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 Ave, Kerrisdale and 225-1689 Johnson Street, Granville Island
Phone: 604-261-5813 (Kerrisdale) and 604-609-0001 (Granville Island)
Website: www.bentonscheese.com

Oyama Sausage Co

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Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

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, Granville Island
Phone: 604-327-7407
Website: oyamasausage.ca

Farmers’ Markets

cheeseworks-VFMPhoto by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

In addition to being a great place for grabbing fresh veggies and a food cart snack, Metro Vancouver’s many farmers’ markets often include at least one cheese vendor. The Vancouver Farmers’ Market lists their current crop of artisan cheese vendors online, or you can keep tabs of your favourite B.C. cheese maker/seller individually.

Website: eatlocal.org (Vancouver Farmers’ Market)

Pane e Formaggio

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Photo via Pane e Formaggio/Facebook

Pane e Formaggio is an Italian specialty shop in Point Grey that boasts a deli, cafe and cheese counter. Their respectable cheese selection includes local and import options, as stocked by their resident “Cheese Whiz.”

Address: 4532 10th Avenue W, Point Grey
Phone: 604-224-1623
Website: pane-e-formaggio.com/cafe-shop

Keso

Great cheese knows no city limits, so it’s out to Surrey for a visit to Keso. Here the staff will happily help you choose from their over 200 varieties in stock.

Address: 100-2982 152 Street, Surrey
Phone: 778-294-0775
Website: www.kesocheese.ca


Best cheese shops in Vancouver

By Vancity Buzz

Hard, soft, stinky, or raw: Cheese is a glorious food.

  • Les Amis du Fromage

    By Vancity Buzz

    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.

  • La Grotta Del Formaggio

    By Vancity Buzz

    This Italian deli 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.

  • Benton Brothers Fine Cheese

    By Vancity Buzz

    Open since 2007, Benton Brothers focuses on small-batch artisanal cheeses, and also sells charcuterie and other tasty nibbles for your fine cheese platters.

  • Oyama Sausage Co

    By Vancity Buzz

    They’re the ones with the unmistakable cheese display inside the market on Granville Island, with the many–and often funny–tags.

  • Farmers’ Markets

    By Vancity Buzz

    The Vancouver Farmers’ Market lists their current crop of artisan cheese vendors [online](http://www.managemymarket.com/api/productsearch.aspx?orgid=68#Cheese%20-%20Artisan), or you can keep tabs of your favourite B.C. cheese maker/seller individually.

  • Pane e Formaggio

    By Vancity Buzz

    Pane e Formaggio is an Italian specialty shop in Point Grey that boasts a deli, cafe and cheese counter. Their cheese selection includes local and import options.

  • Keso

    By Vancity Buzz

    Great cheese knows no city limits, so it’s out to Surrey for a visit to Keso. Here the staff will happily help you choose from their over 200 varieties in stock.

Featured image: Cheese board/Shutterstock

 

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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