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Honour the beloved dairy product with a slice of artisanal cheese this National Cheese Day

Cheese selection in Singapore is vast and one that goes beyond the classic cheddar and mozzarella options at supermarkets. If you are looking for a slice to complement your favourite bottle of wine, or one to complete a lavish charcuterie board, ditch the supermarket brands and try out some artisanal cheese instead. Whether you like it soft, hard, blue, or aged, there is a slice for everyone. In lieu of National Cheese Day on June 4, here are some grocers and speciality cheese stores to visit to find your perfect slice in Singapore.

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1. The Cheese Shop

Expect nothing less than a cheese haven at The Cheese Shop. This speciality store offers a remarkable selection of artisanal goodies from the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Holland. Can't decide what to get? Go for the Journey Around Europe selection pack, one that features a curated selection of hard and soft cheeses obtained from various parts of Europe, including rich brie with truffle, creamy gorgonzola, and Snowdonia black bomber. The latter is an extra mature cheddar made from pasteurised milk, offering tangy flavours and a creamy texture.

The Cheese Shop, 58 Jalan Jurong Kechil, JK Building, S(598582), +65 8887 2044

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2. The Cheese Ark

Head to The Cheese Ark for uncommon, rare, and unconventional cheeses sourced from traditional cheesemakers across Europe. Look out for unique slices such as Bergkase, a stong and nutty hard mountain cheese from Austria; and Taggiasco, a creamy goats milk cheese topped with spicy pepperoncino and olives. As the speciality cheese shop work with a wide variety of small traditional farms and cheesemakers, its cheese selection changes weekly. So, head down regularly and look out for new slices. Private cheese tasting sessions are also available, providing gourmands with a detailed walkthrough of 10 different slices of cheese.

The Cheese Ark, 49 Stirling Road, 01-489, S(141049), +65 9175 0090

3. La Fromagerie

La Fromagerie offers a wide selection of French and European cheese and is the brainchild of chef Julien Bompard from now-shuttered Le Saint Julien restaurant. Classic and vintage cheeses are available in stores and online, including the premium Mimolette, aged 36 months. This hard cheese originates from Northern France and is coloured with annatto (natural food colouring) giving off a beautiful orange hue. It’s yolky and fruity, pairing perfectly with aged whisky.

La Fromagerie, 5 Mohamed Sultan Road, S(239014)

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4. Culina at COMO Dempsey

On top of modern European fare, Culina also offers a wide range of cheese. Head to the charcuterie counter and choose from over 60 different varieties, each curated from sustainable sources across Europe (including France, Spain and the Netherlands). Some classics at this grocer include Comte and Emmental. For something more interesting, try the Vacherin Mont D’Or, a distinctly soft cheese with sweet and woody flavours. These cheeses are also used in its restaurant dishes, such as the Culina burger, featuring buttery Emmental cheese, allowing you to sample their selection before purchasing. Its selection changes depending on the season, so head back often to not miss out on your favourite slices.

Culina at COMO Dempsey, 15 Dempsey Road, S(249675), +65 6474 7338

5. The Cheese Artisans

Inspired by fromageries in Europe is The Cheese Artisans, a speciality store that boasts over 80 varieties of artisanal cheeses across Europe. Try its experimental cheeses that offer unique takes on classic flavours, like the Yan Xun Wei. Inspired by Singapore’s rich and diverse culture, this cheese comprises a medley of eastern and western flavours—it’s lightly hickory smoked and packed with Chinese black tea leaves. The result is a creamy and buttery cheese with slightly spicy and refined tea undertones.  

The Cheese Artisans, 435 Orchard Road, 21-06 Wisma Atria, S(238877), +65 6838 5028

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