1309 5th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Union Market is one of the most popular spots in DC to spend an afternoon. After strolling through the aisles and visiting the different local vendors, head over to Righteous Cheese, a charming cheese shop near the entrance. They have a great selection of cheeses to take home, and you can also purchase a cheese plate to enjoy at their wine and cheese bar. See their website for information on their popular wine and cheese classes.
4056 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206
Cheesetique is one of DC’s most popular cheese shops. They have an astronomical number of cheeses available for purchase, as well as wine, books on cheese, cheese knives and other utensils for cheese lovers. After perusing the cheese selection, grab a seat in their restaurant, where you can sample dishes from their cheese-centric menu. Try one of their famous grilled cheese sandwiches, mac ‘n cheese, or a cheese plate.
660 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
This place may be relatively new, but it already has quite the following in DC. Sona Creamery has an over one hundred different kinds of cheese in their impressive cheese case, with cheese all the way from Vermont and New York to Italy and Spain. They also have a great menu of cheese infused dishes if you feel like staying for dinner. Sona also offers cheese classes and even cheese tasting trips to countries like Ireland!
206 7th St. Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
Known as the longest running cheese shop in DC, Bower’s is quite the DC institution. It is located in the south hall of Eastern Market, and has been a part of the DC community for fifty years. The artisan shop offers a variety of options, with a focus on local purveyors. Be sure to swing by next time you are visiting Eastern Market.
1222 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
La Fromagerie is a wonderful artisan cheese shop in Alexandria that focuses on American artisan cheeses. They sell cheeses from Virginia, Wisconsin, New York, and other U.S. locations. If you have time, stay to sample some of their cheeses with a recommended wine pairing. Otherwise, you can create your own cheese board to go for yourself or to give as a gift.