Philadelphia is home to enough places that can make any bona fide cheese lover happy. But this list should be looked at as an effort to separate Cabot’s youngest cheddar from an extra aged English farmhouse cheddar, and help you pick out the best selection.
5. Old City Cheese Shop – While it’s often not the best for selection, it is hands down one of the best for presentation. Old City Cheese Shop can make you a basket on the fly and load it to the brim with cheese, meats, bread, fruit, and other. But it also manages to double over as a garden side eatery and brunch spot. Googlemap and reviews
4. Quince Fine Foods – Kind of an underdog that rarely gets taken into consideration since it’s carries the goods of other local institutions rather than it’s own. But it offers plenty of imported cheeses, and all kinds of crackers, breads, and cured meats to go along with it. Quince Fine Foods
3. Claudio’s Specialty Foods – It’s the self proclaimed “King Of Cheese”. But since it goes as far as making it’s own fresh mozzarella it’s earned that moniker for good reason. it’s been an Italian Market institution since the 1950’s, and it still maintains that title in a big way. Claudio’s
2. DiBruno Bros. – Whether it’s the Italian Market or Rittenhouse Square location, DiBruno Brothers has often been dubbed the #1 place to go for cheese. and since it’s been around since 1939, and has plenty of workers who are versed in the art of cheese (Ezekiel Jackson who is the head cheese salesman of the Italian Market Branch was dubbed the biggest cheesemonger by Philadelphia City Paper), it has earned that title for good reason.Dibruno Bros.
1. Downtown Cheese – If DiBruno Brothers had at least one truly seasoned monger at the helm then it would be the number one hands down. But it’s Downtown Cheese’s owner Jack Morgan who has been in the cheese business the longest. And he really uses that expertise to take what his store offers up a notch. And that’s why his is the store that most seasoned cheese mongers go to. Downtown Cheese