Where to Buy Authentic European Cheese in Hong Kong
by: The Beat Asia
July 25, 2022
It comes as no wonder that the exclamation “say cheese!” brings smiles to our faces, as the delectable creamy goodness is one of the most beloved parts of European cuisines. Get your fix of the “gouda” stuff by picking up some authentic cheeses at one of these Hong Kong “crèmeries.”
La Cremerie by LQV
Stocking upwards of 60 types of cheese directly sourced from all over France’s best produce bases, La Cremerie is the spot in town where you can score artisanal French cheeses. Stocking all types of options of cheese that come hard, soft, or blue, and are made using cow’s, sheep’s, or goat’s milk—it’s clear that you’re spoiled for choice. Follow the dedicated in-house cheese expert along into their bespoke maturation room to cull the best cheeses in their peak time to enjoy.
Aside from cheese, LQV group is also a prime purveyor of the French essentials of wines, meats, and special condiments. Feeling lazy? Let the specialists do the choosing and nab up a cheese platter that’s ready for the grazing.
Location: LQV Wan Chai - La Cremerie, 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Did you know that the Low Countries inhabitants of present-day Netherlands were the first to invent cheese? Hearkening back to over six millennia ago, Dutch cheeses have since continued to develop and ripen into the varieties that exist today. Bringing over their prized national import to Hong Kong, The Dutch stores provide top-notch picks from straight out of Holland. Their waxy parchment-covered rounds ensconce a versatile range of aged, farm, goat, gouda, mature, young, and special cheeses.
A mainstay in Hong Kong for French gourmet goodies with a several decades- long history, Monsieur Chatté is one of Sheung Wan’s most beloved neighbourhood gems. Aside from their rotation of baked goodies, fresh salad bar, and menu of authentic Franco-eats, their storefront is stock full of grand French cheese varieties that won’t drain your wallet. They also stock authentic raclette cheese, a rare find in the city, alongside rental of a traditional machine for prep. For the whole package, pick up some of their quality charcuterie, spreads, wines, and even homemade sweets as an accompaniment to your cheese.
Location: Monsieur Chatté, G/F, 91 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Il Bel Paese Deli
Their moniker a reference to the semi-soft Italian cheese variety of “‘Bel Paese,”’ this outlet is a heaven of Italian delicacies that have been brought in fresh from (a direct translation of the phrase itself) the “beautiful country.” Showcasing an assortment of delectable selections, with their Discovery Bay, Sheung Wan, and Caine Road locations also offering a restaurant section, their enchanting Italian cheeses are sold alongside fresh produce and other imported delicatessen.
Cheese from Far
Despite their modestly sized storefront in Sai Kung, Cheese from Far showcases a very big and diverse collection of semi-soft, soft, and blue cheeses from all over Europe. Aside from the more well-known Dutch, French, and Italian varieties, they also proudly showcase product lines from Switzerland, England, and Spain.
Location: Cheese From Far, G/F, 5 Tak Lung Back Street, Sai Kung
The Cheese House
Founded and helmed by cheese master Antoine Zaruba, The Cheese House sources their cheeses with the core tenets of ensuring top-tier quality along with ethical production standards that honour farmers and their animals’ wellbeing. With offerings created using buffalo, cow, goat, and sheep’s milk, their beautiful range of cheeses encompasses broad palates, but is guaranteed to be delicious. There is also a focus on sharing the best seasonal productions, showcased in how their cheese platters are constantly being updated monthly. In fact, there is a monthly-delivered cheese platter selection that you can subscribe to as part of a cheese delivery plan lasting anywhere from one month to a whole year!
Location: The Cheese House, Wing Lee Industrial Building, 54-58 Tong Mi Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon
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