Dear friends, you want in on a little secret?
Laurent Dubois is my all-time favourite cheese shop or 'fromager' in Paris. The crème de le crème of brie and camembert, the Coco Chanel of cheesemongers.
Dubois opened his first cheese store about 15 years ago and hasn't looked back. Nowadays people travel from all over Paris - and beyond - to stock up on his amazing cheeses. So it's a place you can't miss, if you love food and are planning a visit to Paris!
What makes the place really special is the sheer variety of cheeses on offer, with many cheeses sourced direct from some of the best regional producers in France. Think Morbier, Roquefort, Epoisses, Gruyère, Fourme d'Ambert, Saint Nectaire, Reblochon, Brillat Savarin, Vacherin, Comté, Saint Marcellin - and many many more.
Dubois also sells a pretty unique range of vintage cheeses, matured for up to several years in his own ageing cellars.
Another draw card is the store's really elegant design and displays - nothing like what you'd expect from a typical cheese shop (note to my Sydney friends: Dubois is kind of doing with cheese what Woollahra's über chic butcher Victor Churchill is doing with meat).
MOF is a competition held every 3-4 years, designed to single out the best craftsmen and artisans in France, across a number of trades. This competition requires months, sometimes years, of preparation - with the winning candidates retaining their title for life. Kind of like winning the Oscars of cheesemaking.
Laurent Dubois Fromager: 47 ter Boulevard Saint Germain on Place Maubert (75005 Paris) and 2 rue de Lourmel near the Eiffel Tower (75015 Paris)