Someone move your cheese? Never fear, we've got the lowdown on the Big Cheese of fromageries in SA.
Grab your cheese knives; this is about to get real:
1. Culture Club Cheese
Keen for some brie on Bree St? Cape Town's trendiest street has just welcomed a bright yellow cheese shop right next to Bacon on Bree - perfection! Owners Luke and Jessica have created a cheese-centric 'hot house' with some truly mesmerising meals on offer in the restaurant that also operates as a deli and charcuterie.
215 Bree Street, CBD | +27 21 422 3515
2. The Real Cheese
Choose from 150 sustainably sourced artisan cheeses. All products are organic and preservative, chemical and colourant free. The owners are more than happy to tell you the story behind each cheese so it's truly an experience for the die-hard cheese lover.
Bishops Corner, 217 Lower Main Road | +27 21 448 8041
If heaven were made of cheese then Fairview is heaven on earth. Technically a cheese and wine farm with the cheesery dating back 30 years, here you can try out all the cheese you can eat with a cheese and wine tasting, and then stock up on some of the best, award winning goat's cheese in the country. Even better, Fairview recently became the first Carbon Neutral Cheesery on the African continent, certified by The Carbon Protocol of South Africa.
Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Suider-Paarl, 7646 | +27 21 863 2450
4. La Cremarie
What began as a regular stall at the Neighbourgoods Market, this tiny little formagerie in the Cape's Gardens Centre is filled to the brim with all the deliciously stinky French cheeses you could wish for! Expertly crafted traditional Blues, Camemberts and Bries, along with decadent French condiments and delicacies, this little French market-style store is restocked from Paris weekly.
5. Dalewood Cheesery
Operating as part of Dalewood Farm in between Paarl and Franschhoek, this artisanal cheesery handcrafts their cheeses using Dalewood's own organic Jersey milk (making theirs an authentic estate cheese) and a host of French-inspired technical skill. Specialities include Brie, Camembert and Blue, and their truly unique Huguenot.
R45, Paarl, 7640 | +27 21 200 2580
6. Patisserie de Paris
Recently launched as part of the original Patisserie coffee shop and boulangerie, the French Market fromagerie holds a selection of the finest French cheeses in Joburg. Also on offer is a divine selection of terrines, patès and meats, as well as their famous artisan breads. A truly authentic French affair!
No. 9 Mackay Avenue, Blairgowrie, Joburg | +27 11 3260913
7. Cremalat Cheese
Led by a cheese enthusiast husband and wife team, Cremalat produce an extensive range of Italian-style cheeses like Gorgonzola, smoked Mozzarella, Parmesan and Provolone.
Greenhills Industrial Estate, Sam Green Road, Tunney Ext 6 | +27 11 822 8320
8. Cheese Gourmet
A favourite amongst Joburg's foodies, this deli/restaurant boasts an impressive cheese menu, with over 120 to choose from. Run by owners Jo and Brian Dick, expect great service, divine charcuterie and deli items, and some excellent breakfast and lunch options.
Corner 7th Street and 3rd Avenue, Linden, Joburg | +27 11 888 5384
9. The Cheese Shop
Specialising in authentic Greek and Italian cheeses, the Cheese Shop factory, run by Costa and Rita Koutzayiotis, forms part of the Hoekplaas Cheesery. Look out for flavoured Goudas, Labneh, Halloumi, goat feta, Pecorino and cream cheese. They also supply deli products.
Plot 16, Hoekplaas, Erasmia, Pretoria | +27 71 218 0000
10. Klein River Cheese
A small, family-run business alongside the Klein River in Stanford, this cheesery allows visitors a full experience. Watch artisan cheese-makers craft their award winning cheeses through a window, while sampling Gruyere, Raclette, Havarti and their speciality oak-smoked Stanford. All of Kleinriver's cheeses contain pasteurised milk, free from hormones and antibiotics. Also operating as a deli, the farmstyle shop offers Danish feta, cream cheeses and condiments.
R326, 6km from Stanford | +27 28 341 0693
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