Need some fabulous fromage in your life? We round up the best cheese shops in town.
L’Atelier du Fromage
Part of French wine and food merchants, Maison Vauron, the très authentique French delicatessen located below – formerly known as C’est Fromage — boasts a sensational line-up of the enshrined dairy product. Brimming with impressively large slabs of Brugge Prestige, Gruyere Francais and Beaufort, the piece de resistance is the ‘cave d’affinage’ – a place where cheeses go to repose until they reach their utmost, aged perfection.
5 McColl St, Newmarket
Long known for supplying the best eateries in town with its litany of artisan products, the cheese cabinet at Normanby Road store is a worthy stop for your weekly cheese pick-up or pre-entretainment run-around. Home to the coveted Tenara ash-coated goat cheese from Kaikoura (when in season) and with regular, on-site ceremonies for the cracking of whole Parmesan wheels, you’re bound to find everything you need here and more.
57 Normanby Rd, Mt Eden
The Cheese Room
The friendly folk at this dedicated Milford store started out as a market stall, popping up throughout Auckland proffering artisan New Zealand cheese. As stockists of hand-made varieties from small suppliers not usually found in supermarkets or specialty stores, a visit to this boutique offers another kind of tour of the county.
146 Kitchener Rd, Milford
Cheese forms the backbone of this Ponsonby Central purveyor, and it’s the French way of life that drove owner Tara Brogan to set about the venture in the first place. Offering over 60 varieties (that have a habit of making it into the menu’s incredible toasties), don’t stop short; their petite ciabattas and ham off the bone make a perfect takeaway picnic for one.
Ponsonby Central, Ponsonby