Maybe you’re having friends over on a Saturday night for a dinner party and charcuterie or relishing the final crisp evenings of fall with a brie wreath on the patio. Or you’re planning a cheese and wine tasting on the couch with your significant other. Either way, the grate news is that you’ll find a plethora of terrific spots for cheese shopping around Rhode Island.
Fromage fans in South County cannot say enough gouda things about The Cheese Corner! They have an extensive menu of cheeses from all over the world and a staff that will walk you through everything – and provide samples. They also create custom boards and gift baskets, and even offer wine pairing suggestions from Dick’s World of Wine next door. Westerly
Along with a vast selection of cheese (and samples), you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find freshly baked loaves of bread, local eggs, and lots of Rhody food brands you already know and trust. Regulars gush about the helpful staff and how spot-on their cheese recommendations are. Tiverton
Before charcuterie boards were trending on Instagram, Edgewood Cheese Shop was winning over customers with their variety (plus crackers, spreads, and utensils) and their famous Cheese 101 classes where you can learn how it’s made and more fun facts. People rave about their customizable boards and also sandwiches, including a gourmet grilled cheese. Cranston
Newport Restaurant Group opened a fab boutique market in Middletown and it does indeed feature a curated selection of some of the best artisanal cheeses around. You’ll also find other tasty options to include on your next board or holiday platter, such as olives, dried fruit, and jams. What could be better? Middletown
DIY charcuterie boards are fun, but for an expert-assembled board of cheeses and meats, Graze on Main has got you covered. From brie wreaths and date night boards to individual charcuterie cones, pre-order a spread to bring home or to munch on in their outdoor courtyard with friends. East Greenwich
This adorable artisanal cheese shop is well known for having over 100 different cheeses on hand at all times, and sampling is welcome. Customers love that Milk & Honey brings in new cheeses and other specialty foods and add-ons (such as olives, oils, crackers, and jellies) every single week. It’s a must for turophiles (or cheese lovers) in Lil Rhody. Portsmouth
Not to be outdone, the City by the Sea has a one-stop shop for your next cheese and wine night that has a devoted following. Along with a fantastic array of wines and other enchanting sips, Newport Wine Cellar and Gourmet also features all kinds of cheeses, from mild to daringly sharp and everything in between.
This Providence food hall is a destination for all kinds of plant-based dining and does not disappoint when it comes to non-dairy or vegan cheeses. And you can shop their many market options (I counted no less than six different brands of soft, hard, shredded, spreadable, and wedge) in person, online, by phone, or via their new app. Providence
If you’re looking to channel Italian flavors into your spread, try a visit to Tony Colonial’s for some cheese – and authentic Italian food – shopping. Fans and newbies alike love the charming old world feel and the seemingly endless options for cheeses, meats, olives, and prepared foods. Delizioso! Providence