When travelers think about France, their mind tends to go to the architecture, the museums, and the cuisine. France is known for its amazing wine, but it is also known for its plethora of regional cheeses, which are world-renowned. If you wish to go on a cheese tour of France, then head to the Île de France region to get started.
The Capital’s Region
Many travelers don’t realize this, but Île de France is near Paris and its suburbs. Once you leave the city, much of the land is being used for agriculture. That means a lot of the food for the country is grown here, and quite a few hectares are for livestock grazing. Without cows, sheep, and goats, there would be no cheese. Luckily, there are a lot of these in the area which makes for some great cheeses to sample.
Cheese to Try
The region itself is known for its soft cheese like brie. The most popular ones that are produced in the region are Brie de Meaux, Brie de Melun, Coulommiers, Boursault, Pierre Robert, Fontainebleau, Gratte-Paille, Explorateur. Grab a couple of rounds of cheese from local producers, a bottle of wine, and a baguette for a delectable picnic.