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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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  • 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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  • I love doing grocery shopping with my partner here. This place carries the freshest products. Pastries are handmade fresh. So many different varieties of sauces, olive oils, jams and of course cheese....  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing selection of cheese (obviously), but also fine grocery items from around the world. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Come with a list and a budget or you will leave very poor (but happy)
  • This place is amazing. Exquisite array of fine cheeses. Are you a condiments freak? Then buy a home near here. I've never seen so many in one place. The staff are super knowledgeable and exceedingly helpful. They have exotic potato chips with flavours I've never imagined. What's not to like?... Well the price tag is kind of numbing, but hey... = Quality. It is a hidden gem btw. Turn on your GPS if you haven't been here. After buying all that yummy stuff you want to get home to enjoy it!
  • Loved it! I had so much fun exploring all the products. So excited to get home to taste some of the goodies I bought.
  • Great options to choose from. The cheese boutique is exactly what I needed to grab some items for a party I was attending. Highly recommend if you're in the area.

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