The St. James Cheese Shop in New Orleans is serious business—and that is exactly what makes it such a fun place to visit. It’s a wall-to-wall exploration of the world of cheese, with a chance to learn, taste, and indulge.
The family-run business was opened in the Warehouse District 2006 and named for the London neighborhood that is home to Paxton and Whitfield, a 200 year-old cheese shop where the owners worked for four years prior to moving to New Orleans. The couple opened a second shop in the Uptown District in 2015. Visit either one and you can take a deep dive into all things cheese.
Having worked in the cheese world for years, the owners formed relationships with cheesemakers across the country and world, resulting in the vast inventory of cheeses you’ll find in the shop. Thanks to an ever-expanding American artisan cheese industry, the shop currently features about an equal number of American and European cheeses. You’ll also find a nice selection of charcuterie and gourmet groceries.
Both the Warehouse and Uptown stores have cafes that feature their cheeses in pastas, salads, and sandwiches. Visitors can sign up for cheese classes, such as a recent evening event on Pondini cheese that included a guest speaker and pairing of five cheeses and beverages; or enjoy occasional Friday Night Flights, which feature beer and cheese pairings.
St. James Cheese Company
641 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans
Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; closed Sunday
5004 Prytania Street
Monday – Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Uptown location is just a 10-minute walk from Avenue Inn—one more reason to book a stay at our great location. Give us a call today!