I had a friend of mine and his wife over for dinner while they were visiting Paris. As my I knew they savor the finer things in life, I made sure to pay a visit to Marie-Anne Cantin for a selection of cheeses, something I knew would please them. Our conversation naturally turned to cuisine during dinner and my friend asked if I knew about Marie-Anne Cantin. I was waiting to serve the cheese from Marie-Anne Cantin for dessert, so I told them the best was yet to come.
Marie-Anne Cantin provides some of the finest cheese in France. This pocket-sized shop has been delighting Parisians since 1950, and surely Julia Child came here to buy her cheese, given the high-quality of the artisanal cheeses this store has served, discerning Parisians for six decades.
If you are lucky, Madame Cantin herself will be in the store. I have bought cheese from her directly, while benefiting from her charming assistance in choosing a selection of cheeses. All types of cheeses are sold here, including a wealth of chèvre, roquefort, cantal, brie, camembert, and comté — all from the very best producers in France. Marie-Anne Cantin also has a cave where she stores her cheese, and if you are interested, you might ask to take a look.
Don’t forget to try her butter (with her signature stamped on it, of course), and her crème fraîche is out of this world, scooped from a big bowl into a large cup for you to take home. Ms. Cantin also offers cheese courses delivered to your home (if you are in Paris) and her staff will gladly help you select an assortment of cheeses for a party. Whether you want just a sampling to go or a more diverse selection to store in your fridge for a few days, Marie-Anne Cantin remains one of the signature cheese stores in Paris, and all of France.