There is quite some controversy around cheese. Some love it, some hate it, there is no in between. To each its own, but for those who know and appreciate a good cheese platter, below are the best cheese shops in Brussels.
La Petite Vache is one of the oldest cheese shops in Brussels. It first opened in 1913 in rue Malibran, under the name la Laiterie de l’Aigle, then it moved to its current location in Saint-Josse and changed its name to la Petite Vache. The shop offers carefully matured cheeses , fine farm meats , artisan bread and a selection of wines and beers from sustainable agriculture, the owners tasting all the products and checking their origins.
Julien Hazard sources cheeses from the most passionate producers he meets personally across France and Belgium. The shop also has 4 cellars where Julien lets his cheese mature, which gives them a characteristic flavour.
William Horlait, from the shop, was recently named the best cheesemaker in Belgium.
A small, old style shop with 1001 flavours and a vast choice, where Catherine de Sloovere or José Servais like taking their time to explain and talk about the many different cheeses they offer and their origin. “Do not hesitate to ask us for advice, José and I love explaining!”, Catherine says, whose mother started the shop in 1951. Like any good cheese shop, they also have fine hams, patés and sausages.
La Crèmerie de Linkebeek has been opened since 1902. A choice of over 300 cheeses, from France, Switzerland Italy, Belgium and England, along with fine meats, sandwiches with toppings and fine spices are on the menu, along with cheese croquettes and homemade cheesecake.
Jacques is a common sight at the various markets in Brussels, but since December 2019 he can be found at a permanent address in Forest, where he opened his shop. Entirely dedicated to cheeses and other high-quality craft and mainly organic products, the shop also has its own maturing cellars to give his cheeses a specific taste.