Bay Head Cheese Shop & Bottles Too
91 Bridge Ave., Bay Head
This has been the area’s go-to spot for domestic and imported cheese for more than 40 years. Don’t skip the beer, wine and spirit section (ask about Saturday wine and cheese pairings). As for house-made eats, sift through dips, soups, apps, quiches and cheesecake.
Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse
369 Stamets Rd., Milford
This farm puts out cheese made with grass-fed raw cow milk. If you want something salty and savory, go for the cave-aged cheddar. If you love wine, go for the Amram cured in pinot noir grape must. You can even take classes in cheese making and tour the farm and caves.
Cheese + Wine Hoboken
720 Monroe St., Hoboken
Artisanal farmhouse cheeses galore await you here. Opt for a gift box complete with cheese, bread, dried fruit and snacks. Keep an eye out for special events, like an organic wine, cheese, charcuterie and chocolate pairing.
The Cheese Cave
14 Monmouth St., Red Bank
Artisanal hand-cut cheese, domestic meats, preserves and more make this spot a foodie’s dream. Go on a $5 Friday between 5 and 8 pm for a BYOB cheese tasting. Ask about joining the Cheese of the Month club, and check out the blackboard for sandwich specials that rotate daily.
Cheese Etc. & Gourmet Gifts
1001 White Horse Pike, Haddon Twp.
This spot is famous for its homemade cheese spreads (like the Fig ’N Zola made with gorgonzola, dried figs, balsamic and fig preserves), many of which use NJ honey and produce.
Cheese on Main
53 Main Ave., Ocean Grove
Come here for country cheeses and knowledgeable staff help. Regulars love the extras available at the cheese shop, too, like olives, relish and crackers.
The Cheese Shoppe
1800 North Long Beach Blvd., Surf City
Choose from more than 100 varieties of domestic and imported cheeses. The shop is also home to an extensive olive oil and balsamic collection, freshly roasted coffee beans ground to order and unique barbecue sauces and rubs.
Cherry Grove Farm
Lawrenceville Rd., Rte. 206 N., Lawrenceville
Score farmstead cheese (aka cheese made with milk from the animals on the farm) made with grass-fed raw cow milk. All 10 cheeses are aged on-side in man-made cheese caves. The cream of the crop? The award-winning Buttercup Brie.
10 Washington St., Tenafly
Gourmet cheeses, soups, salads and wraps await hungry passersby here. The highlight of the cheese menu? The handcrafted cheese logs and trays, like A Few Friends (brie, sundried tomato basil log, Five Counties cheddar and havarti) or An Elegant Reception (Camembert, sundried tomato basil log, Parrano, black caviar log, Manchego, Boucheron and Bellamonte).
36 Main St., Clinton
You can learn everything from a cheese’s region to its age to the grass the animals who make it eat at this next-level shop, plus shop sleek home and kitchen goods. Cheeses here are internationally sourced and ever-changing, but this list shows the 50+ types you can almost always find.
Gary’s Wine & Marketplace
Bernardsville, Closter, Madison, Wayne
Winos will love this vino haven. Hit the marketplace for bites like 18 month-aged Gouda, horseradish cheddar and imported Manchego.
8 East Prospect St., Waldwick
Visit this shop for authentic Italian specialties and ingredients. Creamy hand-made mozzarella is made daily, not to mention a variety of Italian sausage.
410 South Dean St., Englewood
You can get just about anything in the imported cheese section of this gourmet hotspot. But if you want something house-made, go with the fresh mutz or scamorza: It’s made daily (and practically hourly).
Lebanon Cheese Shop
3 Railroad Ave., Lebanon
This company has a 90-year history and a long line of Italian cheese makers to thank for its success. Mozzarella here comes in every form from braids to bite-size balls to prosciutto-wrapped rolls. You can also score imported aged cheese, fresh basket cheese, ricotta, pasta sauces and a whole slew of different ravioli, manicotti and tortellini.
555 Lehigh Ave., Union
Mozz lovers, look no further. Dry, smoked and fresh mutz are perhaps the most popular picks, but the Bufala fresca (aka buffalo milk mozzarella) and fresh ricotta are also worth digging into. Start dinner with a ball of creamy, authentic burrata, with or without Italian black truffles inside.
Magnifico’s Say Cheese
615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Shop #64, Galloway
Visit Historic Smithville to indulge in this old-school cheese shop. Dig into cheese spreads that run the gamut from provolone and chianti to roasted garlic to pink champagne.
Nicholas Markets Foodtown
Cedar Grove, Colonia, North Haledon, Washington Twp., Woodland Park
This isn’t your average supermarket cheese section. This market boasts an imported Mozzarella Machine from Italy, which is used two to three times a day to make fresh mutz. In addition, the stores carry more than 400 different varieties of cheese and a special selection of cheese spreads.
Ole Ole Foods
54 Schuyler St., Belleville
If you love Spanish food, this place is a must. While Ole Ole is mainly a distributor to other shops and restos, the warehouse opens for a massive sale every second Saturday of the month (hello, samples!) Score some authentic manchego, Campoerial Iberico or wine goat cheese from Murcia below retail.
Olsson’s Fine Foods
53 Palmer Square W., Princeton
There’s no shortage of tasty cheeses at this gourmet go-to. Shop by the half-pound block, sign up for a Cheese U Class (courses include Burrata, Raw Milk and Racletting), and grab a bite at the Cheese Bar, where you can choose from a range of baguettes, grilled cheeses and mac and cheese.
Cranford, Florham Park, Manalapan, Manasquan
This Brooklyn mainstay has left its mark in the Garden State. The house ravioli are filled with real-deal Pecorino Romano and ricotta impastata cheeses made exclusively for the shops by Italian cheese makers. Shop Pastosa fresh mutz and bagged pecorino, among other imported cheeses.
Sapore Ravioli and Cheese
429 B Lincoln Blvd., Middlesex
This family shopped is owned by an Italian immigrant with a keen taste for fresh pasta (the shop has nearly 100 types, including cavatelli, gnocchi, tortellini and ravioli). Come for fresh mutz, pasta sauce or a sandwich.
37 North Union St., Lambertville
Come for locally-sourced cheese, condiments, pasta and preserves. Pair a block or two of your faves with sweets or bread.
Seaside Cheese Co.
110 Park Blvd., West Cape May
Munch your way through 135+ different cheeses. Special events include Mac & Cheese Friday (recipes change weekly), a BYOB Flight of Cheese night on the last Thursday of every month and craft workshops on the second Monday of every month. Grab a bite to eat at Cafe Fromage before heading home with your spoils.
Summit Cheese Shop
75 Union Pl., Summit
This spot specializes in hand-cut cheeses of all kinds. Lunch to-go is also available every day but Sunday to eat at the outdoor cafe.
32 S. Broad St., Ridgewood; 725 Broadway, Westwood
If you’re having a party, stock up here first. Shop beer, wine, spirits and a whole lot of cheese. Grab a bite to eat at the deli before asking the cheesemonger about your selection.
Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace
10 Triangle Plaza, Ramsey
Real-deal Italian food and ingredients abound at this supermarket complete with a delicious hot bar, pizza station and cafe. The cheese department is a major highlight, stocked with hundreds of domestic and imported cheeses. Come for a block of salty pecorino romano or authentic Auricchio Provolone, or try the famous fresh mutz that’s modeled after Salerno, Italy’s fresh mutz.
Valley Shepherd Creamery
50 Fairmount Rd., Long Valley
This old-school dairy spans 120 acres in Morris County and churns out more than 30 styles of artisanal cheese, yogurt and butter. More than 800 sheep, 200 goats and 50 cows are milked to create Euro-style traditional cheeses from raw milk. Tours and classes offered.
Van Hook Cheese & Grocery
528 Jersey City Ave., Jersey City
This family cheese shop is a specialty grocer that specializes in Instaworthy cheese and charcuterie platters. Try the cream of the crop by shopping cut-to-order collections like Cheesemonger’s Choice and Local Favorites. Keep an eye out for pairing events.
Whitehouse Shady Hollow Farm
12 42nd St., Whitehouse Station
Get international and domestic picks alike at this wholesale shop. With 13 different types of cheddar, cheese from 14 foreign countries and fresh mutz, ricotta, basket cheese, farmers cheese and sour cream, there’s something for everyone here.