Say bonjour to the new patio at Gourmet & More, an outdoorsy cloister tucked away in the depths of a cheese-saturated French market, now open in Hayes Valley. Rain or shine (there’s a roof—it’s made of sailboat sails), first date or 10th, you’ll lead your compatriot into this shotgun-sized épicerie and make a beeline to the back.
But the piece de resistance is the spot’s fully enclosed jewel box of a cheese room, where affable fromagers insist you try before you buy. With more than 200 options, it’s best to pace yourself. BYO vin (with no corkage) to wash down your fromage finds on the back patio. Are we in love? Bien sur.