Wine and cheese has always been a classic pairing, but Mission Cheese also has cheese flights with beer pairings. Located on Valencia Street, conveniently right near Dandelion Chocolate, Mission Cheese is a great place for a mid-day or late-night cheese snack via their flights or a meal like their mac and cheese. Ask one of the cheese mongers for a recommendation and they’ll enthusiastically chat about cheese for hours.
Is there anything better than aimlessly snacking your way through the Ferry Building? Yes, aiming toward and stopping at Cowgirl Creamery. Their Mt. Tam cheese alone is worth the stop, and if you’re lucky, they’ll be serving hot raclette outside the shop. Stop at their Milk Bar for something more substantial than cheese samples.
Located on Polk Street, Cheese Plus is a neighborhood favorite in Russian Hill. Join the shop’s Cheese of the Month Club and get cheese shipped right to your house so you don’t even have to go leave to get your fix. The shop also sells charcuterie, wine, beer, and gift baskets to send to other cheese lovers in your life.
La Fromagerie sells more than 50 kinds of cheeses from around the world. This downtown shop is a great spot for a lunch break for San Franciscans who work in the Financial District. The shop also has cheese and charcuterie platters for work events. Join their wine and cheese club and receive a bottle of wine and three cheeses each month.
Cole Valley is one of the sweetest neighborhoods in the city and Say Cheese fits right into that vibe. The store is family owned and operated and must be doing something right, since Say Cheese has been serving cheese-loving San Franciscans since 1976. The shop has catering available if you want to someone else to curate your cheese tray, and deliver it to your party.
Bi-Rite might be small, but their cheese selection is worthy of a stop in. Conveniently, the Mission location is right next to Dolores Park, so it’s the perfect place to grab some cheese for an outdoor picnic. They also have baguettes and crackers to make an impromptu park party complete.
Family-owned Cheese Boutique is an adorable market that sells essentials like great Italian sandwiches. Located in Glen Park, it’s easy to forget about, but you shouldn’t. Stop in for interesting cheeses like garlic-basil gouda and classics like fresh mozzarella. The store is known for their friendly customer service, and rumor has it, they’ll let you sample some cheeses before you buy.