Pierre Gay

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Behind the cheeky pale green façade, Pierre Gay shows off his prize rounds of cheese through a glass display case –  and it’s a true spectacle of cheese and lights! As a grandson of cheesemongers, he’s been running this place for 30 years and has been honored with the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France title for the last 10, providing customers with a taste of the Alps in all of its various textures and forms. Craving a little tenderness? Opt for the Reblochon, a Pierre Gay creation (€25/kg), or its equally soft cousin, the chevrotin (€36/kg). For something firmer, yet silkier, the alpine Beaufort aged for a year (€38/kg) is a nice option. Want something harder? Dig into a cheese from our Swiss neighbors, like an aged Jumi or the stunning Etivaz (€40/kg). Pierre has also amassed a beautiful collection of tomme cheeses (de Savoie, des Bauges, de Valloire, etc.) and rare blue cheeses, like the Persillé de Tignes or its counterpart from Les Aravis (€50/kg). // Damien Sorin

Hidden gem: The Picodon produced by Sandrine Pozin, which then makes a pit stop at Maxence Baud’s smokehouse (€5 a piece) before winding up in the shop.

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