The Best Cheese (and Wine) Stores in Los Angeles

The best cheese stores in Los Angeles, from the beach all the way to Northeast LA. Oh, and these shops sell excellent wine too.

Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica – Andrew’s motto is “This place stinks!” You may recognize owner Andrew Steiner if you’ve ever dined at Patina. He became known for his impeccable cheese cart service there and decided to open his own shop. Andrew’s specializes in farmstead Californian cheeses. It’s a quaint attractive shop and Andrew is an excellent man to ask about any of his cheeses. There’s, thankfully, also a nice wine selection and incredibles sandwiches to go. Andrew’s beer and grilled cheese nights are a hot ticket on the West side of Los Angeles and well worth a visit! There’s also spreads, jams, tapenades and roasted macadamia nuts made in-house for the perfect accompaniments. 

Artisan Cheese Gallery, Studio City – Artisan Cheese Gallery is a great spot for a romantic lunch on Ventura Boulevard for a selection of freshly-made sandwiches and soups, all featuring premium domestic and imported cheese and including homemade pestos, aiolis and dressings. It’s a popular spot on Friday evenings when there is live music. After a bottle or two of wine, and some delicious cheeses, you’ll be quite satisfied. If you’re going for lunch, get the rosemary chicken sandwich and the killer cobb. Artisan Cheese Gallery also offers excellent Hollywood Bowl picnic bags. Selections regularly from trusted sources like Andante Dairy, Capriole Goat Cheeses, Cowgirl Creamery, Jasper Hill Cellars and Neals Yard Dairy. These are sure to become household names at your home! There’s also charcuterie items from – Creminelli, Olympia Provisions, LaQuercia and Fabrique Delices. Yum!

Cheesemonger’s of Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks –  This spacious and well-stocked shop in Sherman Oaks offers handmade cheeses from around the world, charcuterie including prosciutto, jamon, speck, pâté and salami) and accompaniments like honey, jam, olives, chocolates and more. You’ll fall in love with their incredible selection of dark chocolates. Cheesemonger’s also offers charcuterie classes and a rotating list of classes beyond Cheese 101. Yes, many people are continuing their education in cheese! Some items you may want to pick up: Prosciutto di San Daniele, Truffle honey, jams, Torres truffle potato chips, and why not pick up a bottle of Balsamic Vinegar Tradizionale [the word tradizionale means the balsamic vinegar is aged properly in wooden barrels and produced in the right region (either in Reggio Emilia or Modena. Authentic Balsamic Vinegar can only be produced in these two regions). You learn something new every day!

The Cheese Store of Silver Lake, Silver Lake – Fourteen years ago, the Cheese Store of Silverlake was opened by Chris Pollan, who’d previously worked at the the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. The staff takes cheese seriously, and they’re happy to make recommendations and help you hunt for the right cheese. Try the Mojave Desert vine-ripened raisins currently available, along with a reliable stock of other tried and true accompaniments — oils, wine, pickled peppers, etc. I love their selection of olives and their white wines and rose are always, always chilled making it a great option for a picnic at the meadow or Echo Park Lake.

The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills – Perhaps the most iconic cheese shop in the U.S., The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills has been operating since 1967. They offer anywhere between 300 and 500 cheeses, making this the cheesiest of all cheese shops in Los Angeles. Be sure to pick up a Bub and Grandma sourdough boule, as you’re unlikely to find it anywhere else! The Cheese Store’s wine program suggests you choose a bottle of wine from the same region as your cheese. Monthly cheese and wine tasting events go for $65.

DTLA Cheese, Downtown – Located in the busy and super fun Grand Central Market, DTLA Cheese is perhaps the smallest shop on this list and they don’t carry wine (yet!) but there’s sure to be an event and another stand nearby where you can grab a bottle. Owners and sisters Marnie Clarke and Lydia Clarke particularly love to feature cheeses from small producers. Lunch items include an avocado and herbed ricotta toast, which is divine, a farro salad, and mac & cheese.

Farmshop, Santa Monica – This store is just gorgeous. They have a really phenomenal selection of cheeses, high-end snacks, and an extensive stock of wine as well. Located in the Brentwood Country Market outdoor small shopping mall, the Farmshop is beautifully designed to maximize the space which holds an indoor Gourmet market on one side and sit down restaurant on the other. Try the Avocado Hummus, Cured Meats, and the Gioia Stracciatella Cheese.

Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits, & Cheese, Larchmont – An amazing an inexpensive wine selection and delicious daily made to order sandwiches make the Larchmont VIllage Wine, Spirits, & Cheese shop stand out. What do the locals call this place for short you may ask? The Cheese Shop or The Wine Store, depending on your poison.

Milkfarm, Eagle Rock – The cheese store of Northeast Los Angeles, this charming black and white shop carries a large selection of seasonal cheeses, along with paper wrapped, string-tied sandwiches. Charming indeed! A recent selection of cheeses includes the English Stinking Bishop (rind washed in perry, a pear hard cider), fresh burrata, Four Fat Fowl triple crème from St. Stephens in New York, even squeaky Beehive Cheese Co. cheese curds. Plus baguettes and mini loaves from Bread Lounge and a variety of interesting extras from cheese-themed, letterpress greeting cards to seriously weird looking cheese knives.

Say Cheese, Silver Lake – Trader Joe’s next door has an excellent cheese and wine selection, of course, but Say Cheese is one of the oldest cheese stores on this list so their owners and staff know a thing or two about rare and imported cheeses and bottles from around the world.

Vromage, Hollywood – Okay, so no beer or wine here either. But as the only vegan cheese shop in LA (or maybe the world?) Vromage is a must for cheese lovers who want to make things a bit healthier whether for a week or the rest of their lives. This isn’t the boring cashew cheese slices you’d find in grocery stores. Vromage offers the real deal – deceptively tasty vegan cheeses varying from a creamy ricotta and a tasty pepper jack and, yes, a vegan brie. But no matter what you get, it’s all guilt free because you know no animals were harmed in the making of these cheeses. Plus it’s the perfect stop for a quick lunch, as they serve sandwiches, salads, and pizza.

Wally’s Wine & Spirits, Westwood & Beverly Hills – At Wally’s, they’re as passionate about food as we are about wine. Wally’s is the elegant mainstay for cheese and wine lovers. Yes, they have bottles of Dom Perignon for $2,800 but also many affordable wine options like the Billecart Salmon Brut Rose, Moet & Chandon, and many more. I’m in love with the “Truffle Tremor” and the Kendall Farms Creme Fraiche.  It’s also the perfect stop for high quality gourmet foods and cookware for your kitchen or to be gifts for others for any occasion. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s the only cheese shop on this list to provide caviar. Wally’s is the exclusive retailer of Calvisius Caviar for California, a pristine and pure caviar directly from Italy’s Calvisius farms. No middle man: just an authentic and sumptuous delicacy. And, yes, there’s also craft brews and a wonderful selection of scotches and vodkas.

Wheel House Cheese & Wine, Culver City – Wheel House’s #bowlbags, or to-go trays, are perhaps my favorite for the outdoor summer concert season. They’re not too large so nothing will go to waste, and they are not too expensive, so if I’m in the neighborhood I always stop here for my Hollywood Bowl provisions. An extensive wine list, plus beer. The gift baskets are excellent and are sure to surprise. Wheel House was opened by Alex Jones along with Steve Jones of Cheese Bar in Portland, Ore. (winner of the 2011 Cheesemonger Invitational), and they offer about 100 cheeses that recently included wedges of Salers and Spanish sheep’s milk cheese Malvarosa, O’Banon’s Capriole and Jasper Hill’s Bayley Hazen, along with more rare goods from Blue Pholia Farm and Brazos Valley Cheese. I love it here and their back patio is a great spot to share a bottle of wine.

What’s your go-to cheese shop in Los Angeles? Who does the best picnic baskets? And where can I get the best bottle of wine?



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2 Responses to “The Best Cheese (and Wine) Stores in Los Angeles”

  1. Hi Diana, Thank you so much for this information. You have made it simple even for me.

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