Are you ready for an adventure that’s totally cheesy – in the best way possible? If you answered yes, we’ve got the perfect outing for you and your fellow cheese fanatics. That’s right: we’ve compiled a list of the top destinations for cheese lovers in and around the Motor City, and your taste buds are in for an incredible excursion. Round up a few hungry pals, hop in the car, and follow this awesome cheese trail through Detroit.
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1. DeVries & Co. 1887
As its name implies, this wondrous shop in Eastern Market dates back to 1887, when it was founded by Rudolph DeVries. By the mid-1920s, DeVries & Co. had moved to its current location – and its dedication to excellence hasn’t wavered in the generations since. When you stop in, you’ll find everything from international gourmet cheeses to unique snacks for your next party. Whether you’re designing a charcuterie board or choosing the perfect pairing cheese for your next wine tasting, it’s hard to go wrong here.
2. Mongers’ Provisions
While Mongers’ Provisions operates a secondary store in the suburb of Berkley, its Midtown Detroit location might be more conveniently located for those who reside in the city. This carefully curated store has a little something for everything, from fine cheeses to gourmet chocolate, wine, dried fruits, meat, and so much more. Whether you’re snagging a selection from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor or opting for an imported cheese, you’ll surely find something new to love.
3. Cheese Shoppe
Tucked away in a quaint yellow building, you’ll find what might just be the most adorable cheese shop in Metro Detroit. The aptly named Cheese Shoppe is located in Grosse Pointe Woods and boasts an impressive array of fine cheeses from throughout the United States and across the world. If that weren’t enough, you can order a personalized charcuterie board from the Cheese Shoppe to make your next gathering complete.
4. Western Market
Next, head to Western Market in Ferndale and continue your cheese-filled adventure. At first glance, you might mistake this for an ordinary market – but what awaits inside is nothing short of spectacular. In addition to an ample selection of fine cheese and deli products, Western Market offers fresh produce, desserts, cooking ingredients, condiments, wine, and more. Since 1983, this family-owned operation has impressed locals and visitors alike.
5. Primi Piatti Market
You’ll feel like you’ve hopped off a plane and arrived in Italy when you visit Primi Piatti Market in Farmington, which has drawn in visitors since 2011. The atmosphere is simultaneously vibrant and welcoming, with touches of Italy visible from the shop’s decor to its incredible inventory. Cheese is one of the main attractions at Primi Piatti, so be sure to explore shelves covered in mouthwatering Italian imports that will round out your next home-cooked meal. Is your mouth watering yet?
6. The Cheese Lady
You might have visited the Cheese Lady’s other locations throughout Michigan, but its Farmington location offers a charm all its own. As with the shop’s locations in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Kalamazoo, Fenton, Rochester, St. Joseph, and Muskegon, the Farmington shop is home to approximately 150 artisan cheeses and everything you’ll need to accompany them. From goat cheese to grand noir blue, the options are seemingly endless – and the friendly service is second to none.
7. Westborn Market
Last on the list is Westborn Market in Dearborn, another vibrant market that’s home to produce, locally grown items, stunning flowers, gifts, and – you guessed it – plenty of cheese! The market offers several locations throughout Metro Detroit and dates back to 1963, so you can count on quality when you stop in here. Head home with Vermont cheddar, a container of feta, fresh parmesan, brie, or something in between. You’ll be returning to Westborn time and time again to replenish your cheese stock.
So, there you have it: our cheese trail through Metro Detroit. Have you visited any of these tantalizing shops in person during previous outings in and around the Motor City? Share your experiences with us by leaving a Facebook comment or recommend another awesome cheese store in Detroit by completing our official nomination form.