Camembert, brie, stilton, gouda… we round up Singapore’s best cheese stores for all your picnics and parties.
There are few things in this world that pair as perfectly as wine and cheese. And since we can’t say no to a glass of vino now and then at our favourite wine bar, you can bet that we’re perennially on the hunt for some top-notch gruyere to go with our Sauvignon Blanc. Ahead, we sniff out the best cheese shops in Singapore for all you turophiles out there. Let’s get cheesy, y’all.
The Cheese Shop
With a name like that, did you really expect anything less than pure cheese heaven? Situated in a beautifully conserved shophouse in Joo Chiat, The Cheese Shop is a speciality store that offers an award-winning selection of artisanal goodies from the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Holland. Great for anyone dying to impress guests at your next dinner party with a stellar cheese plate.
The Cheese Shop, #01-01, 267 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427521
The Cheese Ark
There’s nothing biblical here – unless, of course, you take your cheese very seriously. Either way, The Cheese Ark will satisfy aficionados and neophytes alike with its mind-boggling range of cheeses sourced from across Europe. With numerous types to choose from (Gorgonzola! Raclette! Reblochon!), shopping here can get confusing very quickly. Luckily, owner Ai Ming Syu is on hand to guide you. Alternatively, sign up for the workshops to get clued in on everything cheesy.
The Cheese Ark, #01-489, 49 Stirling Rd, Singapore 141049
The brainchild of chef Julien Bompard from now-shuttered Le Saint Julien restaurant, La Fromagerie offers the finest French and European cheeses (air-flown overnight, no less) like our personal favourite, the signature creamy truffle brie. Or if you’d rather leave it to the experts, the store also offers ready-made cheese platters – perfect for parties and get-togethers.
La Fromagerie, available online only.
Wine Connection Cheese Bar
Bringing the best of both worlds, Wine Connection Cheese Bar is every vino connoisseur’s and cheese lover’s dream come true. Think plenty of wine labels and over 40 matured farm cheeses air-flown from Europe weekly. Now that’s a match made in heaven. Plus, let’s not forget that this hotspot is one of the few places where you can enjoy melted raclette cheese dishes!
Wine Connection Cheese Bar, #01-05, Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995
Jones the Grocer
Home to the best gourmet produce for everyday living, Jones the Grocer is, unsurprisingly, a great option to get your fromage fix. Swing by the walk-in cheese room (a utopia for cheese lovers!) to sniff out the range that’s sourced from the best cheesemakers in the world. And while you’re at it, take part in the tastings and cheese appreciation events for the full 101 on how to become a cheese connoisseur.
Jones the Grocer, #03-03/04, 9D Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697
Culina at Como Dempsey
The brand is no stranger to some of the finest produce from all over the globe. So if you fancy a unique dining experience, head here to create your own cheese plate with picks from France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK. The grate stuff will be served straight to your table. Neat!
Culina at Como Dempsey, Blk 15 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249675
Gourmet food, wine, artisanal spirits and seasonal ingredients aside, The Providore curates a great range of European cheeses, from cheddar to camembert, served in nibble-friendly platters that you can pair with a glass of wine (or two) for after-work relaxation.
The Providore, available at multiple locations including #05-03, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074
Meat the Butcher
From German bratwursts to wagyu beef, shabu shabu to Iberico Jamon, this delicatessen certainly has all your meat needs covered. But if you fancy a little fromage to go with your Sunday roast (who doesn’t?), Meat the Butcher doesn’t disappoint. Italian grana padano, Dutch edam, Swiss emmentaler… just take your pick.
Meat the Butcher, 615 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269716
If gourmet goods strike your fancy, this delivery service will spoil you silly, touting luxurious ingredients like foie gras, oysters, truffles and, of course, its own selection of cheeses. Put your pre-orders in and sit tight for a week as you await your little crate of fine French cheeses in six varieties to arrive, or go for other items like parmiggiano reggiano and manchego.
Delicia, available online only.
If you want an authentic Mediterranean taste, we recommend this wholesaler-slash-caterer as it offers many amazing Croatian ingredients. Whet your appetite with the aroma of Pag Island from its extra old Pag cheese aged for 18 months or sample the Istrian black summer truffle cheese.
The Adriatic Pantry, #24-10, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208