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If you enjoy traveling and love eating cheese, you’ve come to the right place. We put together a cheesy list of a dozen places around the world that will satisfy your cravings for both. These spots have either mastered the art of cheese making, or they sell some of the best stuff across the globe, or they invented your favorite variety. Regardless of what makes them a haven for those who adore the dairy product, they should all be on your bucket list when it comes to travel. Let’s cut to the cheese, you should visit these twelves places.
1. Montreal, Quebec
Montreal, the Canadian city in the province of Quebec, is where you’ll find some artisanal cheese makers who are known around the world for the creamy goodness they produce. Plaisirs Gourmets is a distributor of these artisan cheeses, from cow to sheep, goat to buffalo, they have it all. Montreal is also home to the poutine, a truly patriotic dish comprised of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. It’s as good as it sounds – the city even has a “Poutine Week” to celebrate this amazing “heart attack in a bowl.”
2. Gruyères, Switzerland
Gruyères is a small medieval town in Switzerland that is known for the production of, you guessed it, gruyere cheese. Aside from pairing their namesake with fruit and wine, you can visit the H.R. Giger Museum inside the St. Germain Castle for artwork relating to the film Alien or the Tibet Museum for Buddhist sculptures.
3. Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s filled with mountains, sandy beaches, miles of coastline, and numerous Italian cheeses. Casu marzu is an illegal cheese that is made using live maggots. If you’re not down for bugs in your dairy products, there’s as much pecorino and blue vein cheese as you can handle.
4. Pag, Croatia
The Croatian island of Pag is home to grazing sheep who are milked every other day to make paški sir. Due to their close proximity to the salty shores, the cheese itself is deliciously salty. Old Town Pag boasts an archaeological site and the town of Novalja up north is, oddly enough, a popular nightlife hub.
5. Normandy, France
The romantic region of Normandy, in France, has a wide variety of cheese, including brie and camembert. There’s even a museum dedicated to the latter, Maison du Camembert, that is actually in the shape of cheese. Not to mention the endless range of factories you can visit. It’s an area rich in history, with even richer dairy products.
6. Burlington, Vermont
The local artisan and farmstead cheese scene in Burlington, Vermont, is not to be missed. Vermont Farm Tours offers classes on cheesemaking, where you can learn how to make whole milk mozzarella using the freshest milk imaginable. There’s also the Vermont Cheese Trail, so you can check out everything the state has to offer.
7. Adelaide, Australia
Surprisingly, Down Under has some of the most delicious cheeses in the world. Popular producer Woodside Cheese Wrights have been making award-winning cheeses for over twenty years. All varieties are seasonal and crafted by hand, as they are directly sourcing cow and goat milk from local providers.
8. Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Amsterdam Cheese Museum is stuffed with cheese just like a stuffed crust pizza. Their world-famous gouda and edam varieties alone are well worth the trip. Learn about the history of cheese making from the museum’s committed guides and experience some of the best cheese Holland has to offer.
9. Somerset, South West England
Regardless of how you enjoy your cheddar, whether it be in your mac ‘n’ cheese or straight from a jar of Cheez-Wiz, you have to admit it’s one of the most beloved varietals. The famous Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company are producing the best of the best, and they’re doing so using fresh and local unpasteurized milk.
10. Madison, Wisconsin
While we’re on the cheddar train, let’s talk about Madison, Wisconsin. At Fromagination, you can eat delicious food made with artisanal cheese, learn about cheesemongery, have a patio picnic, buy cheesy gifts for your friends and family, and sign up for a month cheese delivery service. Getting married? What about a wedding cake made out of a cheese? Fromagination can make that happen.
11. La Mancha, Spain
In queso emergency, head to La Mancha. This region in central Spain is known around the world for their production of manchego, made from unpasteurized sheep’s milk. Want to learn about how this delicious and historic cheese is made? Check out La Prudenciana, the agricultural and cattle raising property where manchego was born.
12. Oaxaca, Mexico
The state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, is filled with cheese shops, all selling Oaxaca cheese. Otherwise known as quesillo, it is a stringy white cow’s milk cheese used widely in Mexican cuisine, including quesadillas and empanadas. It’s also a good melting cheese, making it great for nachos. You know what cheese isn’t yours? Nacho cheese.