If you love French cheeses, the Quatrehomme boutique on Rue de Sèvres just might be paradise. As you walk down Rue de Sèvres, you’ll smell the shop before you see it.
Quatrehomme started as a family-owned grocery store in the 1930s and has been a Maison du Fromage since 1953. However, it wasn’t until 1983 when Marie and Alain Quatrehomme purchased the family business that it began to transform into what it is today.
Marie Quatrehomme is more than just a cheese shop owner, she’s an affineur, a cheese-ager, and was the first woman to win the coveted “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” title in 2000.
In 2014, Marie was promoted to “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur,” the highest honorary decoration in France.
Her incredible knowledge of cheese and her personal connection with Quatrehomme’s producers has contributed to the fromagerie’s reputation for excellence and has also allowed her to develop the numerous specialty cheeses that you can only find at Quatrehomme.
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The specialties change according to the season, but you can expect to find things like a dark Brie Noir, a Langres au Champagne made with champagne, the creamy Fontainebleau dessert, and one of Marie’s most celebrated creations, the Fourme d’Ambert aux Côteaux du Layon, a semi-hard blue cheese infused with a sweet white wine from the Loire Valley.
A shop with 200–250 cheeses on hand at any given time could be intimidating for even the most-seasoned Parisian, but at Quatrehomme they make a point to make tourists and first-time visitors to the fromager feel just as welcome as regulars.
The staff is extremely knowledgeable and happy to point out and describe each of the house specialties, as well as make suggestions for cheeses according to your tastes. You can even order beautiful cheese and charcuterie platters customized to your preferences to enjoy at home or on a Parisian picnic.
Like any fabulous cheese shop, Quatrehomme functions as an épicerie as well. You can pick up anything from fresh pastas, olive oils, and sauces to wines and sandwiches. They even have a homemade tzatziki which is a bit unexpected but to die for.
As they are now into the fourth-generation of the family business, you can truly feel the Quatrehomme family’s commitment to their craft. Absolutely don’t miss this gem of a cheese shop when in Paris!