My favorite cheese shops in Zurich
“Where can I buy good cheese in Zurich so I can make a fabulous cheese plate like this?”
I get this question a lot from the participants who attend our Cheese Master Class. Some of the participants are visitors from abroad and many times they would like to take some of the great Swiss cheese home when they fly back so they can share their experience from the class with their families.
In general, you’ll find good quality raw milk Swiss AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protegée – the quality and region certified products) cheeses like Gruyere, Emmentaler, Sbrinz etc. in any local supermarkets, however if you’d like to buy special artisan high quality cheeses, to taste them and pick, and get them hand-cut and wrapped lovingly in a cheese paper, check out these shops below. For aromatic flavors, go for the raw milk cheese rather than the pasteurized or thermalized cheese. If you’re planning to travel more than 3 hours, ask to vacuum-pack the cheese for you.
Chäs & Brot (Mutschellenstrasse 197, 8038 Zürich)
This is a local cheese shop conveniently located near our cooking studio in Zurich-Wollishofen. They have at least 100 different cheese sortiments – most of them great alpine Swiss cheeses, with some wild and artisanal ones that you rarely come across. Also quite some yummy and exciting cheese from France. Their cheese selection changes on an ongoing basis so it’s always fun to stop by to try what’s new in the vitrine this month. Recommendation: Their house cheese and the “Schwarzsee goat cheese”, and their fabulous cheese platter for parties and aperos.
Chäsegge Oerlikon (Welchogasse 5, 8050 Zürich)
This is a cute cheese shop in the northern part of Zurich, in Oerlikon. The shop belongs to Ziegler, a local butcher shop that’s been around for over 110 years. The cheese shop might look small from the outside but they carry a whopping 150 selections of cheese! The ladies who work here are super friendly and always happy to give you a generous slice of cheese for you to sample – so just ask. They also carry a big selection of local yogurt so make sure to try them. They carry most of the famous and award winning Swiss cheeses. Recommendation: Try their homemade Fondue Mix! They have a very rich and savory cheese fondue mix that they will pack freshly for you by the gram. If you like strong flavors, it’s a must! There is a bakery right next to the shop so you can also get your bread for the fondue. Oerlikon is great for one stop shopping; and that’s one of the reasons why I live here 🙂 Oh and did I mention the Saturday farmers’ market in Oerlikon? (I’ll cover it in a separate blog.)
Trittkäse (Limmatstrasse 231, 8005 Zurich)
This is a beautiful cheese shop within the Viadukt Markthalle. The owner family is really a cheese making family so they carry a lot of different cheeses from Switzerland, France and Italy, so it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for something new and unusual. The Viadukt Markthalle has several gourmet shops so the whole area gets quite crowded on Saturdays, so if you want a hassle-free shopping experience go on an early Saturday morning or during the weekdays. Recommendation: I’ve tried some stinky washed-rind cheeses and they were delicious! Tell the crew the type of cheese you like and ask for a recommendation.
BachserMärt Zürich Kalkbreite (Badenerstasse 171, 8003 Zürich)
This isn’t exactly a cheese shop – BachserMärt is a local grocery store where they bring in produce and products from the local farmers and manufacturers. They have quite a big selection of cheese for being a grocery store and carry some good mature alpine cheeses. It’s also nearby the New Asia Market which is a big Southeast Asian grocery store – BTW I’ll cover Asian supermarkets in a separate posting – so if you’re near Kalkbreite / Zurich-Wiedikon area, check out this place. They don’t have a vacuuming machine but will wrap your cheese in two layers with cheese paper and cling film, if you plan to travel far. Recommendation: Try “Cirone” which is a mature and strong alpine cheese from the Bern region.