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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 46 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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  • July 17, 2017
    Wow! This place will be a must stop on any trip to Toronto in our future. We will be bringing cooler bags next time for sure. The group of us had a very nice espresso as we walked in, which was quite ...  more »
  • July 8, 2017
    A very nice shop with good (multicultural) products. Hospitality is agreal, the friendly staff and advises fine. Lots of good things in there life.
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  • June 27, 2017
    The Cheese Boutique has certainly come a long way since the days of Bloor West Village! There's a terrific selection of oils & vinegars, sauces, rices, spices and obviously cheeses & other delicatesse...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Wow in every sense of that word! :-). Great selection of gourmet foods. Probably one of the best selections of quality meats and cheeses in the city. Awesome service too but be warned, the prices are not cheap.
  • May 31, 2017
    Best specialty food store in Toronto. Obviously go for the incredible cheese selection, which they age in their cheese cave making it extra good, but also look around at the vast amounts of charcuterie, hard to find dry goods, and produce. I drive out of my way constantly to go here and pick up a cheese plate. Highly recommend.
  • June 5, 2017
    Great place. What a variety of foods, meats, cheeses, breads. Wonderful experience. Staff very helpful. One must know their prices, otherwise great place.
  • June 6, 2017
    Fantastic store with all the cheese and deli meats anyone could want. Also supplies hard to find grocery items from all over the world. Fresh bread an kitchen supplies are also available.
  • March 21, 2017
    This place blew us away! Amazing meat and cheese selection and the staff were very knowledgeable! As well Saturday morning they had ample samples and free espresso/biscotti going around while you shop. If I lived closer this would be my go to. Try the fried chicken at the hot bar!

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