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Marseille's cheese shops

Cheese, the true passion of the French, and therefore of the people of Marseille! Between new and trendy addresses and institutions not to be missed, you are bound to find your cheese happiness in the city of Marseille.

Published on 3 November 2022
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Fromagerie Fil Bleu

The story of Fil Bleu Fromagerie began with Alice and Laura, two childhood friends with a passion for food and nature! They travelled all over France and our region in particular to select exceptional products and offer them in their pretty cheese shop on Rue Paradis. They offer a hundred or so references of sheep’s, goat’s, cow’s or even buffalo’s cheeses (hello mozzarella). With a particular passion for the “blue” cheeses, which is a good thing in Marseille, they want to be a real link between the farmer and the consumer. To limit their waste, they also encourage their customers to come with their own jars or boxes!

La Laiterie Marseillaise

Madeleine and Audrey offer organic, local and animal-friendly products made from raw milk in their Laiterie Marseillaise on Rue Sainte. Cheeses, yoghurts, butter and milk, all the products have exceptional flavours, because the milk at the base is alive unlike pasteurised milk. Each cheese is unique and created by Madeleine and Audrey. They produce according to seasonality and take part in respecting the environment by using returnable glass jars for yoghurts and by having very little packaging. They also offer mozzarella and burrata production workshops, to better understand the cheese-making profession and the creation of products.

Chez Lucienne

The blue-fronted cheese shop Chez Lucienne delights the inhabitants of the Endoume-Bompard district, with a fine selection of cheeses coming directly from sourced and ethical producers. The bonus? You can taste and test the cheeses directly on the secret terrace. The mozzarella di buffala is incredible, a real taste of Italy. The cheese factory also works with the Chicoulon wine bar near the Old Port!

La Meulerie

If you pass by in Grand Rue you can’t miss this yellow facade, pastis yellow, sunshine yellow, Marseille yellow! La Meulerie is the story of Driss, who is passionate about good food and aperitifs, and who has decided to offer you a selection of the best farmhouse cheeses and also a delicatessen corner near the Panier. Very keen to choose products made with respect for the environment and by quality producers, Driss also sometimes goes beyond France and can offer you English cheddar, Italian parmesan or Corsican ewe’s cheese. Only good stuff, renewed according to the seasons.

Froumaï

La Canebiere street also has its own cheese shop! Manon Armand opened Froumaï (Provençal for “cheese”) two years ago. This lover of good products trained at Kalou before launching her own shop. She only sells cheeses that she has approved for their taste, texture and manufacturing conditions. The cheeses are mostly French (with the exception of Gouda from Holland and Peccorino from Italy) and made from raw milk, but she also thinks about mothers-to-be and sells some products made from pasteurised milk. Everything comes from small producers of her acquaintance, she can tell you with passion about each cheese sold, even the most original ones! On the dairy side, she sells the yoghurt of Marseilles’ childhood “le Caillolais”.

L'Art de la Fromagerie

L’Art de la Fromagerie is an institution in Marseille. 3 shops, Endoume, Cinq Avenues and La Plaine, and cheese dairies all committed to sustainable agriculture. They work directly with the producers, and their creations are made to measure for L’Art de la Fromagerie in order to respect their specifications for sustainable and rational agriculture. Their latest project? The purchase of a large plot of land in the Ardèche to produce their own goat’s cheese in a sustainable, circular and reasoned way.

Les Bons Fromages

Maxime and Philippe met on the benches of the engineering school and here they are at the head of their cheese shop Les Bons Fromages. Opened in 2017 in Vauban, and a few years later a second one was opened in Pharo. Their shops offer more than 200 references of cheeses and dairy products. The boys make a fine and quality selection, with farm products from small producers, and they have their own maturing cellar. They also have some delicatessen products such as wine, jam and honey.

Maison Marin

Maison Marin lives up to its name. Aurélie, the owner, wants everyone to feel at home when they come to buy their cheese! Located in the heart of the village district of Mazargues (which we offer a guided tour of), she lets her customers try farmhouse flavours from France, Spain and Italy. The products are always from artisanal producers and they respect seasonality. We particularly recommend that you try her fondue cheese (Swiss or Savoyard) and the timeless raclette cheese.

Le Royaume de la Chantilly

Le Royaume de la Chantilly is the Marseille institution to know. With five shops all over the city (Le Redon, la Treille, Sébastopol, Saint-Barnabé and Plan de Cuques), you’re bound to find an opportunity to try their incredible homemade whipped cream, their cheeses from small producers in the region, and even some catering dishes if you go to the shop in the 9th arrondissement.

La fromagerie Barbaraou-Rouet

We move away from Marseille to discover the Fromagerie du Barbaraou-Rouet in Allauch. Here, Pierre-Dominique Testa, the owner, has been selling directly the products of his cows since 1992! The name of his cheese dairy ‘Barbaraou’ comes from the district of Allauch where he was born, and ‘le Rouet’ is for the name of his alpine hamlet in the Queyras where he makes the transhumance every summer. This lover of Provence offers tomes, fourme d’Allauch, pavé marseillais, Gouda, brousse marseillaise, and many others. A little taste of the countryside near Marseille!

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