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Cheese Shops in San Francisco


For more gourmet selections see also:

Favorite San Francisco Chocolatiers | San Francisco Wine Shops.

Cheese Shops in San Francisco

I remember the days, in another place, in another American town, when buying a hunk of Raclette to indulge a childhood taste entailed a bona fide road trip and a half tank of gas to pick up this elusive cheese.

There's no such challenge in San Francisco and the Bay Area where culinary appreciation results in the availability of both local and artisan cheeses, as well as a broad spectrum of international selections.

The Cheese School of San Francisco

That such a school exists is testament to the seriousness of the cheese endeavor, even if the curriculum at the Cheese School of San Francisco can be more whimsical with classes like "Silly About Sheep," "Zinfully Good," and "Extreme Cheese."

If you want to be more extreme in your cheese expertise, the classes are (for the most part) $60 for one session. Gift certificates are available and recipients can use the certificates for any class they choose.

San Francisco Cheese Shops - By Neighborhood

Cole Valley

Say Cheese
856 Cole Street (at Carl)
San Francisco, CA 94117 Telephone: (415) 665-5020
Global selection of cheese, wine and other food items


Cowgirl Creamery at Ferry Plaza
1 Ferry Building, #17
San Francisco, CA 94111
Telephone: (415) 362-9354
Carries a variety of artisan cheese and cheese accessories

Glen Park

Cheese Boutique
666 Chenery Street (at Diamond)
San Francisco, CA 94131
Telephone: (415) 333-3390
Cheese selections, bread, deli items, and sandwiches

Noe Valley

24th Street Cheese Company
3893 24th Street (at Vicksburg)
Telephone: (415) 821-6658
International cheeses as well as selection of European groceries and cheese accessories (fondue pots, etc)

Russian Hill

Cheese Plus
2001 Polk Street (at Pacific)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Telephone: (415) 921-2000
Local and international artisan cheeses, wine, and other food items

Sunset (Inner)

Cheese Boutique
1298 12th Avenue (at Irving)
San Francisco, CA 94122
Telephone: (415) 566-3155
Selection of cheeses as well as meats and other deli items

East Bay - North Berkeley

Cheeseboard Collective
1504 Shattuck Avenue (at Vine)
Berkeley, CA
Telephone: (510) 549-3183
A food cooperative with extensive cheese selection, homemade bread products, and daily pizza selection

East Bay - Oakland/Rockridge

Market Hall Cheese Counter
5655 College Avenue
(across from Rockridge BART station)

Oakland, CA 94618
Telephone: (510) 547-4005
Variety of cheese including Neal's Yard selections

One-Stop Gourmet Gifts - San Francisco

Ferry Building Merchants
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Telephone: (415) 693-0996
As locals know, a large, one-stop shop for various gourmet items. Pick up anything from Cow Girl Creamery’s cheese, to a bottle of wine at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, to fresh pantry ingredients at Boulette’s Larder and cooking utensils at Sur la Table

Get more information about Ferry Building merchants in this Guide to the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Bristol Farms
Westfield San Francisco Center
Food Emporium Level
845 Market Street (between 4th and 5th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 979-0106
A Southern California transplant, the Westfield Centre location is the first and only Bristol Farms store in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bristol Farms sells a large variety of gourmet items from cheese and deli items, to seafood, meat, confections, produce, bread, snacks and other grocery selections

Other restaurants and dining options are also available at Westfield Centre's Food Emporium

Whole Foods
Three locations in San Francisco:
- Pacific Heights: 1765 California (at Franklin)
- Potrero Hill: 450 Rhode Island Street (between 17th and Mariposa)
- SoMa: 399 4th Street (at Harrison)
A natural foods national chain with a large selection of cheese, including organic and raw-milk cheese. Other items include everything from produce, seafood and meat to pre-prepared foods, fresh deli items, wine, bakery, and natural household products

For chocolate and wine accompaniment, see this list of Favorite San Francisco Chocolatiers and San Francisco Wine Shops.

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