The 11 Best Places to Order Cheese Online in 2020

From Brie to cheddar to blue, these shops have exactly what you need

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Our Top Picks

Best for Families: Hickory Farms

"Sausage and cheese gift baskets. Enough said."

Best for Cheese and Charcuterie: Murray’s Cheese

"You may know Murray's for its cheese, but the brand shines in offering a charcuterie selection as well."

Best Selection: iGourmet

"Need everything? iGourmet has it."

Best for Gifting: Harry & David

"Harry & David feels like the pinnacle of thoughtful gift-giving. Its cheese selection is no exception."

Best for Foodies on a Budget: Caputo’s Market

"Caputo’s Market in Salt Lake City is one of the best under-the-radar spots to shop for cheese, period."

Best Shopping Experience: Zingerman’s

"Whether you’re a cheese nerd or a cheese newbie, Zingerman’s has what you need."

Best for Artisanal American: Saxelby Cheesemongers

"Saxelby’s is one of the best-known shops in the country, especially when it comes to small-production American cheese."

Best for European Cheeses: Formaggio Kitchen

"Boston-based Formaggio Kitchen stocks the finest artisan foods from around the world, including and especially cheese."

Best Organic: Cowgirl Creamery

"If you’re looking for wonderful cheese that’s also organic, look no further than Cowgirl Creamery."

Best for an American Original: Jasper Hill Farm

"Ask cheesemongers for a list of their favorite cheeses, and you’ll almost certainly get an earful about Jasper Hill."

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    Best for Families: Hickory Farms

    Hickory Farms

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    Next time you’re shopping for a range of ages, consider Hickory Farms. The site has a range of crowd-pleasing cheese options, from a classic orange cheddar to a smoked cheese flight, plus simple, but well-thought-out gift boards and baskets (many of which ship for free).

    You won’t find Brie, Manchego, or other international options here, but you will find a sausage and cheese gift basket, fruit and cheese baskets, cheese spread flights, and other delightful surprises. Cheese lovers of all ages will appreciate fun flavored options, such as a bacon and smoked cheddar blend, which, by the way, would be killer on a grilled cheese sandwich.

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    Best Selection: iGourmet

    iGourmet

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    If you’re easily overwhelmed, iGourmet’s cheese selection could be a bit much. But, if you’re seeking something special and just can’t find it, iGourmet is the place to look. For instance, most shops have one water buffalo cheese—creamy, fresh mozzarella di bufala. iGourmet has nine water buffalo milk options, including buffalo milk butter, buffalo milk Gouda, and buffalo milk Gorgonzola.

    iGourmet also has deli cuts, all the international greatest hits, cheese in bulk, a solid sale selection, and accompaniments galore. There are also some well-thought-out sets and boxes, including sets of cheeses to pair with your favorite wines, from Cabernet Sauvignon to riesling to pinot noir.

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    Best for Cheese and Charcuterie: Murray’s Cheese

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    Need some prosciutto, too? How about a whole prosciutto leg? Once New York City’s quirkiest cheese shop, Murray’s Cheese is now owned by Kroger, America’s largest supermarket chain by revenue. You may know Murray's for its cheese, but the brand shines in offering a charcuterie selection as well, featuring some of the greatest hits from around the US and the world.

    Whether you’re looking for venison pâté, small-batch pepperoni, or whole legs of prosciutto, this one-stop shop has got you covered. It also stocks smoked fish and sausages like andouille and breakfast links. If you’re extra fancy, there are even truffle-infused options.

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    Best for Gifting: Harry & David

    Harry & David

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    Whether or not you’ve actually purchased from Harry & David or not, this online store feels like the pinnacle of thoughtful gift-giving. The cheese selection is no exception. There’s the Football Sausage and Cheese gift box, featuring a summer sausage in the shape of a salami.

    There are boxes by sought-after American cheesemakers like Rogue Creamery, Beehive Cheese, and Sartori Cheese. There’s a California creameries collection. There’s an organic cheese box. There are even cheese and wine pairing boxes, including a chardonnay pairing box. And, while there are certainly deluxe options, there are also plenty of affordable boxes.

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    Best for Foodies on a Budget: Caputo’s Market

    Caputo’s Market

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    Caputo’s Market in Salt Lake City is one of the best under-the-radar spots to shop for cheese, period. It stocks American originals and European favorites, and it even has an affinage (or “cheese aging”) program where it teams up with small producers to perfect its cheeses.

    Not only is there a range of delicious, affordable cheese options, but Caputo's also offers affordable shipping prices—there’s no need to pay $30+ for shipping at Caputo’s unless you’re opting to overnight your order. If you’re only trying one cheese, go for the house-aged cheddar. After being aged for 12 months, it’s buttery and potato-y, with the faintest note of sweet horseradish.  

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    Best Shopping Experience: Zingerman’s

    Zingerman's

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    It’s hard not to love Zingerman’s of Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s quirky, it’s genuine, it’s a place that values its employees. That same sort of thoughtfulness goes into the online cheese buying experience. Looking for cheese made with vegetarian rennet? Or for cheese from a specific state? Maybe you’re just looking for a brunch cheese.

    The site's search function is tailored to the customer—you can even search by the required shipping method (soft cheeses are more perishable and thus should be delivered with more haste). Each cheese’s landing page tells its story, complete with tasting notes for the current batch. The gift options are also solid, too, with options by the origin and desired pairing.

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    Best for Artisanal American: Saxelby Cheesemongers

    Saxelby Cheesemongers

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    Anne Saxelby opened Saxelby Cheesemongers in 2006 in Manhattan’s historic Essex Street Market after cutting her teeth in cheese at New York City’s famous cheese shops. Now, it’s one of the best-known shops in the country, especially when it comes to small-production American cheese.

    Online, you can choose from some of the best cheeses being made in America or just go for the cheese of the month (or cheese and chocolate of the month!) club. The gift selection is also extensive and creative, with selections by producer, state, a beer lover’s box, a dessert-pairing box, a woman-made box, and more. Or, if you only want the best of what America has to offer, opt for the American Cheese Society Winners quintet or trio.

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    Best for European Cheeses: Formaggio Kitchen

    Formaggio Kitchen
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    Boston-based Formaggio Kitchen stocks the finest artisan foods from around the world, including and especially cheese. Though it stocks some American favorites, the selection is decidedly old world and, frankly unrivaled when it comes to European cheeses. Take nutty, mild Comté, the most popular cheese in France. Most shops stock one Comté, usually aged between 8 to 12 months. They might bring in a two-year version around the holidays. Formaggio Kitchen, on the other hand, stocks four to six Comtés on any given day, each with a different age and flavor profile.

    For the cheese explorer, the “taste of” collections are also exceptional, featuring Italy, France, The British Isles, and more. And, if you love charcuterie, many of the products are house-made.

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    Best Organic: Cowgirl Creamery

    Cowgirl Creamery

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    If you’re a cheese lover, you’ve likely already heard about Cowgirl Creamery’s incredible cheese. Mount Tam, its triple cream Brie-style cheese is mushroomy, creamy, and a total dreamboat.

    However, what you may not know is that all Cowgirl Creamery's cheeses are made with organic milk. Whereas certified organic produce isn’t all that hard to find, certified organic cheese is—even if a cheesemaker follows organic practices, the certification is expensive and very strict. But Cowgirl values sustainability and thinks cheese tastes better when it’s made with organic milk. The store doesn’t sell its cheese piecemeal on the website (you can usually find it online at Zingerman’s or Murray’s), but the “Deluxe Collection” features all four of its ripened cheeses, plus organic crackers, cheese paper, and a beautiful cheese board.

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    Best for an American Original: Jasper Hill Farm

    Jasper Hill Farm

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    Ask cheesemongers for a list of their favorite cheeses, and you’ll almost certainly get an earful about Jasper Hill. This Vermont-based producer has swept international cheese awards for years now, and for good reason—Jasper Hill Farm makes a range of cheeses, from Brie styles to cheddar to blue, each aged to perfection in an underground aging facility.

    There’s oozy, mushroomy Harbison, brothy, Gruyere-style Alpha Tolman, crumbly, nutty Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, peaty, buttery Willoughby, fudgy, balanced Bayley Hazen Blue and more. The online store also offers gift boxes, a cheese of the month club, and a range of rustic, charming salami. Jasper Hill does it all and does it well.

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    Best for a Taste of the South: Sweet Grass Dairy

    Sweet Grass Dairy

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    States like Vermont and Wisconsin get most of the credit for cheesemaking, but there’s a burgeoning scene of small American cheesemakers making award-winning cheese in other parts of the country. Georgia-based Sweet Grass Dairy is a perfect example of small-batch American cheese done just about perfectly.

    Using a system called “rotational grazing,” Sweet Grass Dairy ensures happy, pasture-fed cows. When you take a bite of the cheese, that grass-fed flavor speaks for itself. It offers a wide variety of cheese in the online shop, including decadent Camembert-style Green Hill as well as a crowd-pleasing Pimento Cheese. Smear either one on your favorite baguette or pick up some Southern-made charcuterie, jam, crackers, or pecans to pair from the shop.

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Writer and professional cheese eater Christine Clark teaches cheese and pairing classes throughout the United States and knows how and where to get her cheese fix, no matter where she is. Her cheese adoration is so strong that she has a whole podcast dedicated to it. She is a Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society.

What to Consider When Buying Cheese Online

Lifespan: In general, cheesemongers will advise you to order less cheese more often, rather than stocking up, but sometimes we go overboard. Should you be stocking up, make sure to eat the softer cheeses like Brie and burrata first—the harder cheeses like Parmesan or cheddar can last months in your fridge, as opposed to a few weeks for the softer stuff. 

Storage: Your cheese will likely come packaged in butcher paper and that’s where it should remain—plastic wrap will suffocate the cheese and impart some plasticky flavors. 

Assortment: Many of these spots offer assortment boxes that will make a lovely cheese plate, but should you be putting together your cheese board selection, try to stick to a range of milk types and textures. An old cheesemonger saying is “something old (harder, aged cheese), something new (soft, young cheese), something stinky, something blue.”