We think cheese is one of the best things in life. From soft gooey varieties like brie and camembert to hard slabs like parmesan and pecorino romano, it’s hard to go wrong with the milk derivative — unless you have an allergy or sensitivity. If you are one of the unlucky ones to suffer from lactose intolerance, we feel your pain. There simply is no substitute.
Cheese can take a dish to the next level like a slice of Swiss cheese on your favourite burger, that lid of gruyère over French onion soup, or an omelette oozing with cheddar. Think of how many a sad vegetables, like cauliflower, would be left behind on plates if it weren't for cheese.
Cheese can also be the star of the show all on its own. Put a platter of cheeses out at a party with an accompaniment of breads, crackers, fruit and jellies, and watch crowds gather.
While some grocers, like Loblaws, have upped their game in terms of providing variety and quantities of cheese, the best place to get cheese is still a specialist cheese shop, also called a cheesemonger. There you can get the best quality, expert advice, and sample before you buy.
This is where to shop for cheese in uptown Toronto.
ALEX FARM PRODUCTS
2594 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 690-3600
ALEX FARM ON BAYVIEW
1578 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 322-0368
245 Eglinton Avenue E, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 440-1462
GOURMET CHEESE SHOPPE (THE)
3905 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON
22 Orfus Road, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 787-7670
175 Milvan Drive, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 740-8883
REESORS CHICKEN & DELI
7509 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Phone: (905) 731-2270
THE ARTISAN CHEESE AND FOOD GALLERY
Phone: (416) 993-5827