Leaving France means leaving all the good, well priced, delicious, to die for… cheese. Fortunately for the Bay Area residents, there are quite a few places to get French cheese. Here are our best addresses from San Francisco to Menlo Park.
By stepping through the doorway of La Fromagerie, you take one step closer to France. Immediately, you will find the French essentials: Chabichou du Poitou, époisses, tommes de Savoie, roquefort, Saint-Nectaire… All accompanied by wines and dishes prepared the same day.
La Fromagerie de Montgomery, 101 Montgomery St, San Francisco
La Fromagerie de SoMa, 100 First St, San Francisco
La Fromagerie de Dogpatch, 2425 3rd St, San Francisco
At Cheese Plus, cheese is displayed by country. Italian, French, American, Swiss… There’s something for everyone. Bonus #1: a deli section is also waiting for you where you can buy meats to go with your cheese plate. Bonus #2: if you feel a little adventurous, the store also offers a monthly subscription box in which they’ll include the best products of the month.
2001 Polk Street at Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
Raclette, Savoyard fondue, Gruyères, fromage frais aux fines herbes… it’s a paradise for your taste buds. Not only specializing in cheese, Draeger’s is the address par excellence for most European expatriates in the United States. On the shelves, you’ll find the same products as in France, for just a few cents more.
1010 University Dr., Menlo Park
In the seemingly thousand and one departments of this food cooperative hides a department dedicated to cheeses. From the local to the original, dozens of fresh products await you. The quality of the food at Rainbow Grocery is really what’s made the reputation of this store for the past 50 years. Whether you’re looking for cheese or something else (which you shouldn’t be), Rainbow Grocery is worth a visit.
1745 Folsom Street, San Francisco
This is THE cheese-lover’s temple. Once you’re there, you’ll find a plethora of international products waiting for you. Cantal, chèvre, comté, emmental, mozzarella, mascarpone… In short, there is something for every taste and price range. If you feel like it, you can also buy cold cuts. The perfect combo for a good apéro with friends!
3893 24th Street, San Francisco