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Cheese shop L'affinée (Lille)

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If you’re looking for a shrine to cheese in Lille, look no further than the Saint-Michel neighborhood! After working as cheese wholesalers for 10 years, Roxane Noël-Miller and Ugo Mouton recently ended up behind the counter, donning the cheesemongers’ aprons themselves. In their long, narrow shop, they’re quite serious about stinky cheeses (at reasonable prices!): local, farm-fresh Maroilles, fresh, local goat cheese from Saint-Martin (€6.20 a piece), original raw milk gouda, fantastic Camembique (€8.20)… And if you’re in the mood to throw together a locally-sourced apéro, they also sell living wines from Le Caviste Curieux, beers from the Thiriez brewery and bread from Brood, the nearby baker. Needless to say, their neighborly relations are in good working order. // S.S.

Hidden gem: The addictive chestnut tomme cheese (€23.90/kg).

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