If sweet dreams are made of cheese, this list is for you. Whether it’s the growing popularity of charcuterie boards or you have a love affair with cheese, these upstate New York cheese shops will keep you well-stocked with their libraries of the best national and imported.
Sure, we could head to the endless cheese crates of the region’s beloved Wegmans, but there’s something special about visiting a cozy specialty cheese factory with its giant uncut wheels and glass domes full of delicious bites. These shops often offer a tasty adventure while being guided by a knowledgeable cheesemaker.
Plus, while there are plenty of amazing creameries and dairies in New York State that sell their own dairy delights, this list focuses on specialty cheese shops looking to serve the best cheese in the state and the world. .
Here are some must-visit cheese shops throughout the state.
Cadwell Cheese Factory
This Western New York cheese shop has been in business for over 90 years and is a stop on Chautaqua County’s “Nostalgia Trail.” Find over 30 kinds of imported and domestic cheese for sale and taste, including cheese curds, New York Sharp Cheddar and their popular horseradish spread.
*Note: Cadwell’s is only open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day
Giordano European cheese dairy
The Giordano family story begins in Rionero In Vulture, Italy, before immigrating to America in the late 1960s. They opened a small shop in Rochester’s public market selling European imports which is now extended to a wide selection with more than 150 different types of cheese. You can find produce from England, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and France and specialty meats to go with them.
Adams Cheese Factory
Tucked away in a cozy spot along Main Street, Adams Cheese Shop in Upstate New York offers cheeses from many places in Europe as well as the best in New York. Want to learn how to make your own cheese? They have kits for that too.
Located in downtown New York, Buttercup Cheese Shop has been family owned for over 50 years. They are proud to offer a variety of high quality domestic and imported cheeses. Whether it’s sharp cheddar, asiago, brie, or smoked gouda, this shop has plenty of snacks to munch on and entertain.
Colossus Cheese Factory
Colosse Cheese Store, in Pulaski, houses over 90 varieties and flavors of cheese – American, Swiss, Cheddar, Muenster, Havarti, and more. You can find many other New York-made products on their shelves, such as maple syrup and pickles.
Opened in 2019, this downtown Syracuse “gourmet market and cafe” is both an upscale food market and cafe diner party, complete with a full cheese bar. You can get a simple cheese tasting platter or go all out with a full charcuterie platter. Epicuse even offers a vegan board. Pair it with coffee wine and buy a piece of your favorite to take home.
Just down the Thruway, east of Syracuse, this new cheese shop in central New York claims to be the first of its kind in the region to offer cheeses from around the world and other gourmet dishes. “We believe food should be special,” their website says. With over 40 cheeses, all the fixings for beautiful charcuterie boards and other specialties, you won’t leave empty-handed.
The cheese traveler
Parked in the heart of Albany’s quaint Delso neighborhood, The Cheese Traveler offers over 100 cheeses on its shelves, a full pantry and pantry selection, bistro menu, catering, cheese courses, etc Take everything you need for a family dinner or an evening with entertaining guests.
Bimi cheese factory
Columbia County is home to the warm and welcoming Bimi’s Cheese Shop in Chatham, NY. If you find yourself in this cute little village near the Massachusetts border, head to this family-owned store for its wide selection of national and international cheeses. Another not to be missed is their gourmet grilled cheese bar.
Talbott & Arding
In the artsy, antique-loving neighborhood of Hudson, New York, Talbott & Arding recently expanded its cheese and charcuterie business. Now you can stop and sit down while tasting some of their collection of selected cheeses or taking a bite of their delicious focaccia pizza.
Olde Hudson has been serving the finest local foods and extensive imports in Hudson, NY for over 20 years. This includes a wide selection of farmhouse and artisan cheeses, heritage pork deli meats, hand-cut meats, fresh Boston fish, and more.
Cheese Louise is a Hudson Valley cheese shop made for foodies of all kinds. After living in Europe for over a decade, the owner of this store brought the love of cheese platters and charcuterie to the Catskills. Often offering over 200 varieties of cheese, stop in for a fresh baguette and sample flavors from around the world.
The big cheese
As their website says, “explore the cheese deity” at The Big Cheese in the Ulster town of Rosendale. This shop plays a triple role as a deli, cafe, and market, but its shining star is the collection of cheeses from around the world and around the corner. Come for the cheese and stay for the freshly prepared Middle Eastern dishes.
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