I’m addicted to cheese. If I had to choose between cheese and pretty much every other thing that’s earthly edible, it would have to be cheese. Ah, the joy of cheese. Thankfully, Holland’s a cheese country so I get my fix, but for the best in French cheese – God knows I need the smelly samples too – I always go to Abraham Kef, a small but quite famous local cheese shop on the Marnixtraat.
From their wonderful little basement, Kef sells an enormous choice of Dutch and French cheeses, all seasonal and imported from small producers. They also sell artisanal charcuterie, French bread and wine, if you want to make a real picnic out of it. They even have a cheese that goes by the name of the ‘Stinking Bishop’. Say no more.
The best thing is the fact that you can do tastings in their basement on Sunday afternoons; you’re seated at one of the tiny beer barrels they keep, and Marike, the owner, will serve you wonderful cheese platters. She will sit next to your table and she’ll take her time to tell you everything you need to know and what to drink it with, no matter how long the line of people waiting outside may be. The attention given to their trade makes you feel really special.
Be sure to call ahead for a spot on Sunday!