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Cheese Boutique, Toronto

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Cheese Boutique was started in 1970 as a humble mom and pop corner store on Bloor Street. Having grown into a gourmet staple, 17 years ago it set up a new home in a former sausage factory on an industrial strip called Ripley Avenue off South Kingsway.

This epicurean emporium contains the cumulative knowledge of three generations. Over the years Cheese Boutique has augmented their offerings and people are noticing and appreciating. Pristine patriarch Fatos was recently honoured with the title of Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit and his son, Afrim, was made a chevalier by Confrérie des Chevaliers du Taste Fromage de France in 2007.

At Cheese Boutique prosciutto hangs from the ceiling, truffles are flown in every Wednesday, foie gras sits under lock and key, beef is dry aged 60 days, there are olive oils from 80 different terroirs and jams made from green walnuts, the best artisanal breads of the city, not to mention the chocolate boutique, pastry temptations and daily handpicked produce - but it is for the cheese that one must really come here. This is a place where "best before" dates do not apply. Taking something good and making it great is a constant philosophy of Cheese Boutique.

Aging and curing everything from cheese to beef to Meyer lemons is done with the expert knowledge that only comes with years of experience. Patrons can get a glimpse of the process by visiting the unique Cheese Vault.

Cheese Boutique has been supplying Toronto with succulent selections for 47 years and appreciates fine food as one does fine art. At this food museum, one’s allowed to not only take the art home, but nibble it enroute.
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  • This is a 10 Star cheese and gastronomic destination. If you go during the week, you may see some of the top chefs in Toronto shopping and chatting with Afrim, Cheese Sommelier extraordinaire.  more »
  • You like cheese but don’t like to cut it? Then this place is for you! All the stink, all the taste, and all the flavours. Old, medium and mild...that’s just the staff! Wait till you get to the variety...  more »
  • Top quality throughout. We visit it frequently. Highly recommended. Assortment and quality. Always fresh.
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  • The definitive all around cheese, bakery, deli, olive oil, butcher...if they don't have it? It's not worth eating... As you can tell by the pictures. They have a great cheese aging room, the aroma will make you hungry or salivate. Europe eat your heart out!!! They pamper their customers with espressos and samples to deallight your appetite... You need at least 1 1/2 hour or more to truly enjoy this place. I call it the Disneyland for adults to indulge... PS. Goodness is not prepared to spend upwards of $400 for a decent collage of cheeses...
  • It is the best place to get cheeses in the GTA by far... Yes, it's expensive, but so a Jaguar and a Range Rover... The selection is by far the best one whether its cheese, cured meat, pasta, olive oil and I'm not even mentioning their meat counter. If you're a foodie, this is paradise. If you like fast-food and Velveeta, spend an hour at Cheese Boutique and get educated by the staff.
  • For a true connoisseur of quality this is THE place to go for your cheese selection in this city that I have found so far. A fantastic selection but be warned you will probably leave a little light in the pocket if you get too tempted. Quality has a price, but worth every morsel and our latest venture proved to be a hit at our dinner party.
  • Cheese is amazing but the knowledge of the staff feels like it has slipped a bit... Felt like a management change... But no one can beat the experience and selection... Best cheese experience in Canada that I have ever had... And that includes the extraordinary Quebec experience
  • Absolutely my go-to place for premium cheese and meats in the city. I was last in the store just before New Year's, and despite the crowd it was well staffed and well organized. If you can make it in however, it's always best to explore this place at off peak hours so that you can really take your time. Definitely the place to look for those hard to find premium items as well.
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