This is a little bit cheesy, but honestly Auckland, we’ve got it all—the cheese that is. Our city has a few minor flaws (traffic woes and housing affordability we're looking at you), but if we can count on anything, it’s (multiple) mouthfuls of delicious dairy goodness to get us through another day.
Cheese has the ability to bring people together, solve our problems and basically make our lives a whole lot better. Sliced, grated, melted, whipped—however, whenever, we're good to go. And, luckily for us, Auckland doesn’t fall short when it comes to supplying the goods. Without further ado, here are the best cheese shops in Auckland.
Meet the award-winning Mercer Cheese. If you’re a fan of gouda, look no further as Mercer is renowned for their aged goodness. Owner of Mercer, Albert Alferink learnt the art of making cheese in his homeland Holland and brought the magic to New Zealand in 1981. After all this time, they have earned the reputation for being one of the top producers of cheese in New Zealand for their ageing process which goes on for years and years to ensure maximum flavour!
One of New Zealand’s most iconic cheese companies and for very good reason, Puhoi Valley is home to some of the creamiest cheese in the land. And, a platter here isn’t complete without their double cream brie or camembert. Pro tip: dip a whole wheel of camembert in egg, milk, flour and bread crumbs and then deep fry it to get melted goodness. Head on over to Puhoi Valley Café and Cheese Store to enjoy the experience to the cheesy deliciousness. Their ripened cheese and antipasto platters are incomparable to the ones you make at home and it’s a must try for any cheese connoisseur.
Go Dutch Cheese & Deli
Craving a little Dutch goodness? Sporting the biggest selection of cheese from our friends in the north are Go Dutch Cheese & Deli. Whether you're after a little Gouda, Edam, Goats or Maasdam you'll find more than enough to whet your cheesy appetite here. If you can't make it to their stores then rest assured that they'll deliver their dairy treats to wherever you happen to be in New Zealand. How's that for dedication.
L’Atelier Du Fromage
Any place that has the word “cheese” in French as the name of their store, you know their cheese game is strong. L’Atelier Du Fromage is an authentic French deli that serves up freshly made pastries, artisan cheese and premium quality wine. Whether you’re looking to dine in or takeaway, these guys have you covered. Their menu features a cheeseboard like no other with a crispy, freshly baked baguette to really top things off. This French deli has the most extensive range of cheese you can take home and the friendly staff will make sure to guide you through the process of finding the perfect fromage for you.
La Cigale French Markets
Feel like a local Parisian and make your way to the weekend morning La Cigale French Markets in Parnell and Britomart. With fine French goodies like authentic pastries straight out of the oven, fresh produce and bustling stalls, you will feel like you’re roaming the streets of France. To stay true to the French lifestyle, a stop at their cheese stand is compulsory. Pick up a block of premium cheese and amble around the markets for some preserved goodies like their dried figs, condiments such as homemade hummus and a warm baguette and assemble a platter at home that will wow the socks off anyone.
This Mt. Eden gem has been sourcing the finest quality food from Italy, Spain and France since 1993. Our friends at Sabato take cheese very seriously with their endless selection and they also like to get very creative. Cheesecakes are taken quite literally for the people at Sabato as they take wheels of cheese and stack them up to resemble an epic wedding cake. The cheese tower is decorated with fruits and preserves and, to make it extra special, they add fairy lights.
With a selection of approximately 30 different cheeses to choose from, Naturally Organic located in Albany is your one-stop store when you have a craving for the savoury delicacy. Whether you’re looking for something to crumble over your salad, something to melt in your sandwich or put on top of some good old crackers, Naturally Organic stock the best of the best and all organic to ensure that no jokes were played with our cheese.
Kaiwaka Cheese Shop
Rounding out our list of the best cheese shops comes Kaiwaka Cheese Shop. Though a little north of Auckland we couldn't let a wee technicality stand in the way of such an exemplary cheese shop. Swing by on your way up north to pick up some Gouda—which is their speciality. However, with over 50 types of cheese selected from New Zealand, Holland, France and Switzerland to choose from, you'll find plenty to satisfy that cheesy craving.
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Image credit: Supplied, Puhoi Valley, L’Atelier Du Fromage, Sabato