Camembert, Brie, Stilton, Gouda... every type you could possibly want for picnics and parties. We round up Singapore's best cheese stores
There are few things in the world that pair as perfectly as wine and cheese. And since we’re known to knock back enjoy a few glasses 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.
The Cheese Ark
There’s nothing biblical here – unless of course, you take your cheese very seriously. Either way, The Cheese Ark will sure to satisfy aficionados and neophytes alike with its mind-boggling range of cheeses sourced from Italy, Switzerland, France, and The Netherlands. With over 50 types to choose from (Gorgonzola! Raclette! Reblochon!), shopping at The Cheese Ark can get confusing very quickly. Luckily, owner Ai Ming is always on hand to guide you or alternatively, sign up for The Cheese Ark’s nightly hour-long workshops to get clued in on everything cheesy.
The Cheese Ark, #02-06 PasarBella, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, p. 9830 3368.
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 cheese from the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Holland. Dying to impress guests at your next dinner party with a stellar cheese plate? Try the best-selling 24-month aged Gouda or the Harbourne Blue that’s not available anywhere else in Singapore. Available for online orders as well.
The Cheese Shop, 267 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427521. Open Tue- Fri 12-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-7pm. Closed on Mon.
The brainchild of chef Julien Bompard from Le Saint Julien restaurant, La Fromagerie touts itself as Singapore’s first online artisan cheese shop. Choose from the finest French and European cheeses (air-flown overnight, no less) like the Roquefort Vieux Berger, Camembert, and (our personal favourite) La Fromagerie’s signature homemade Truffle Brie. Or if you’d rather leave it to the experts, La Formagerie also offers ready-made cheese platters – perfect for parties and get-togethers.
La Fromagerie, online only.
Dean & Deluca
New York food institution, Dean & Deluca, may be better known for its tad overpriced coffee and speciality foods ($20 chutney, anyone?). But if you happen to find yourself in the area and looking for some cheese to go with your charcuterie platter, Dean & Deluca is the place to be. Need some help choosing from the 20 cheeses on display? A maître fromager (cheese expert) will gladly assist with recommended pairings.
Dean & Deluca, #04-23/24 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896, p. 6509 7708.
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 30 wine labels and over 40 matured farm cheeses, like the popular baked Mont d’Or Vacherin, air-flown from Europe weekly. Now that’s a match made in heaven. And we can’t forget that Wine Connection Cheese Bar is one of the few places where you can enjoy traditional melted raclette cheese dishes! Available for both dine-in and takeaway.
Wine Connection, #01-05 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995, p. 6238 1279. Open Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-11pm.
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 their walk-in cheese room (a Utopia for cheese lovers!) to sniff out their range that’s sourced from the best cheese makers in the world. And while you’re at it, take part in their regular tastings and cheese appreciation events for the full 101 on how to become a cheese connoisseur.
Jones the Grocer,#01-12 Block 9, Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore, 247697, p. 6476 1512 Opens daily 8am-11pm.
The food distributor is no stranger to some of the finest produce from all over the globe. And if you fancy a unique dining experience, head to Culina Bistro at Dempsey. There, you can create your own cheese plate from a selection of over 60 cheeses from France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK at Culina’s fromagerie counter and have it served straight to your table. Neat!
Culina, 8 Dempsey Road #01-13 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 247696, p. 6474 7338.
Gourmet food, wine, artisanal spirits, and seasonal ingredients aside, The Providore is also the exclusive local retailer of MONS cheese: one of Europe’s premier cheese specialists. Feeling peckish? Head over to The Providore at PasarBella and take full advantage of its cheese and wine tasting bar, where you can try wine pairings with products from the deli counter. (Pssst, you didn’t hear this from us).
The Providore Warehouse, #05-03 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6221 7056 and The Providore PasarBella, #02- K1, PasarBella at The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, p. 6468 9766.
Le Bon Marché
Online grocery shopping – a Godsend for us lazy folks, especially when we want gourmet goodies delivered right to our doorstop. Besides the usual suspects like poultry and meat, fresh produce, wines, and dried goods, Le Bon Marché also offers gourmet farmed cheeses specially imported from all over Europe. The best part? Delivery is free for orders over $120.
Le Bon Marché, online only.
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. French Brie, Swiss Emmenthaler, Danish Feta, Parmigiano Regiano, Provolone…just take your pick.
Meat the Butcher, 615 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269716, p. 6465 1651. Open daily 10am-7pm.
Here’s an online gourmet store selling canapés, Champagne, wine and cheeses; with classics like Brie and Swiss Gruyere, you won’t need to look elsewhere to fix that cheese craving. No time to cook? You can also order an array of French Fine Dining creations by Chef Julien Bompard, like his Burgundy Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce.
Gourmet Shop, p. 6534 5947. Online orders only.
If only gourmet goods strike your fancy, this delivery service will spoil you silly, touting luxurious ingredients like caviar, foie gras, oysters, truffles and of course, its own selection of cheeses – both available immediately or through pre-orders. Delicia offers Bordier’s top-quality artisanal, matured cheeses from France (pre-orders only). Sit tight for not more than a week as you await your little crate of fine cheeses, coming in six different varieties.
Delicia, only available online.
Adriatic Pantry (Credit: www.adriaticpantry.com)
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 Pag Cheese or pair charcuterie with their Dalmation fromage.
The Adriatic Pantry, #01-02, 33 Robin Road, Singapore 258208, p. +65 9734 2862. Opens daily 10.00am – 8.00pm