“La Ferme d’Alexandre” is a cheeseshop like no other in Paris. The business was founded in 2004 by two cheese afficionados, who started off doing wholesale for dairy products, selling their cheeses to cafés, restaurants and hotels before opening two physical shops in the 6th and 14th arrondissements. Their cheeses are so good that they have made it all the way to the tables of the Hôtel de Matignon (aka the Prime Minister’s residence) and, as a matter of fact, I often see their truck driving past my office in the mornings, having made – what I suspect is – a delivery to the Elysée Palace.
La Ferme d’Alexandre is proof that the famous saying that France has “more cheeses than there are days in the year” is true. With over 350 cheeses available, they have an endless choice between raw and pasteurised milk (cow’s, goat or ewe), AOP and organic cheeses (my personal favourites are the 42 month-aged Comté and the gâche vendéenne, which is a type of brioche, but I will get to that…).
Two things I especially appreciate about La Ferme d’Alexandre is that they change up their products throughout the year to keep their cheeses seasonal (they have an amazing variety of Raclette during the winter !) and that they work with small and independent producers. They also stock other goods that gravitate around the world of cheese such as jams, wines, crackers etc. All the essentials to create your own plateau de fromage !