travel diary

Where I Go to Get My Grilled Cheese On

🍞+ cheese=the ultimate match made in heaven. And, it doesn't matter how old you are, a perfect grilled cheese always hits the spot. Here are my favorite spots in the world to grab this simple (but delicious) sandwich.

Clementine is the cutest little breakfast and lunch spot near my old condo in LA. Everything is amazing here, but the grilled cheese is so bomb (and kind of what they're known for). They have tons of different kinds, but the Classic Grilled Cheddar can't be beat.

Huckleberry is another cute café in Santa Monica that serves up amazing grilled cheese sandwiches. Their classic is great, but their breakfast version is even better—a spicy toad-in-a-hole served with pepperoncini and an egg. Yum!

One of my favorite lunch places in the city is Joan's on Third—it has such a good vibe. There's the cutest little market inside and the BEST grilled cheese sandwich that's melting with cheddar cheese from their cheese section.

Served on cranberry-walnut bread with three different kinds of amazing cheeses from their cheese shop, The Oaks Gourmet knows how to do a grilled cheese right. This spot is the perfect place to grab food for a picnic before a show at the Hollywood Bowl.

Meltkraft in NYC is all about farm-to-table ingredients using cheese from cows on their own farms. And, you can really taste the quality in any of their yummy sandwiches.

Melt Shop has several location throughout the city but I usually hit up the one in Midtown. Their sandwich with truffle oil is out of this world.

Murray's Cheese Bar knows: the better the cheese, the better the melt. Its grilled cheese with a secret blend is the most delicious thing ever.

I love strolling through London's open-air food markets and sampling everything. The one booth I always have to stop into at Borough Market is Kappacasein for the most amazing toastie (the British version of a grilled cheese).

The Melt Room in London's Soho neighborhood has more variations of grilled cheese sandwiches than you can even think of. It's the perfect cozy place to hide from the rainy weather!

Paris knows good cheese, which means their grilled cheese sandwiches are insanely good. The Grilled Cheese Factory is no exception—the sandwiches are simple but use the best cheese and the most delicious bread. Definitely a winner!

La Parenthèse calls themselves the "Home of the Grilled Cheese." The cute little shop is bright and airy and the perfect spot to grab a quick bite. Opt for the special: It changes all the time and is always the best!

(photo credits: getty images, clementine, huckleberry, joan's on third, the oaks gourmet, meltkraft, melt shop, murray's cheese bar, kappacasein, The Melt Room, grilled cheese factory, la parenthèse)