Located on a quiet street corner in Degla, La Fromagerie brings high-end quality cheeses to Egypt, boutique-style. The shop is Cairo's nod to Parisian fromageries and Saturday farmers' markets, and a veritable heaven for those craving a gourmet European selection.

While the atmosphere is not as quaint as we had imagined, it is thankfully highly air-conditioned. The small shop boasts a deli counter laden with a reasonable stock of soft Camembert, hard parmegiano reggianos and pungent blue cheeses of varying size and shape. From genuine Emmental to crumbling Chevre, all genres of dairy delicacies are on display in chic stainless steel and glass cases, each carefully presented on a bed of delicate greens and decorated with tantalising red grapes.

The atmosphere is cool, clean and elegant; we almost felt as if we were browsing a jewellery display case instead of a refrigerated deli counter. We could barely keep from swooning over the array of rustic artisan soft cheeses, herbed and spiced goat cheese, potent Roquefort (around 300LE per kilo!) an array of Emmental, Gruyère and Munster, brie, Camembert and creamy Capris de Dieu (around 100LE per kilo).

Of course, such distinct French offerings have a catch: the merchandise starts at about 50LE for the tiniest sliver of a light Brie and goes up to several hundred LE for a substantial wheel. Remember; you’re not only paying for your coveted purchase, but for its journey to Egypt and the elegant atmosphere that it enjoys before making its way to your pantry. Be prepared to pay around 400LE for a modest assorted platter.

A basket-lined corner of the delicatessen offers rustic loaves of French bread. The dough is reportedly flown in regularly from the motherland and baked in-house daily. The loaves pair exquisitely with a soft-shelled Brie, and for 30LE for a hearty baguette; you’d do well to splurge on a chic Euro snack.

Pre-packaged cheeses include well-known brands such as Boursin and President, which you can find in supermarkets such as Metro and Seoudi, but are available here in larger sizes. Two high tabletops sit in the front window, where you can wait for your order to be packaged or wrapped.

La Fromagerie may not be the place to pick up your basic sandwich fillers; but it’s ideal for dinner parties, gourmet cooking and a taste of la France .