Whether you’re the connoisseur type or just the casual lover of a visit to a farmhouse and artisan cheese shop, you’re in luck. Melbourne has some of the best places to satisfy your desire for some deliciously good cheese. Shopping for cheese in Melbourne is a delight.
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Milk the Cow: St Kilda
(157 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda VIC)
If you’re looking for a unique and memorable experience, one of the best cheese shops in Melbourne is the Milk the Cow. This cheese bar has a great selection of artisan cheeses from around the world. They offer a wide range of cheese boards with accompaniments such as fresh fruits, nuts, and chutneys. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, and you’ll definitely enjoy trying out the different cheeses here. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try their special pairing of cheese and beer.
This licensed fromagerie located in St. Kilda is the first late-night licensed cheese shop. It recently expanded to another store in Carlton. They have over 150 cheeses from around the world. If you’re unfamiliar with the very expansive world of cheese, don’t worry – their resident cheese nerd Laura Lown can help you pick out and learn more about cheese along with their other assistant cheesemongers. They also offer boutique booze to pair with their excellent cheese. They have an online store to access your virtual cheesemonger. Another great feature is you can order a cheese hamper that provides delivery to some parts of Melbourne. You can also get yourself a curated takeaway cheesebox – sort of a cheeseboard in a box.
Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder
(48-50 Bridge Road, Richmond, VIC)
Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder has an on-site Cheese Room wherein they hold their benchmark cheeses from around the world. Some cheeses are only offered seasonally. This historical cafe offers lessons and advice on how to eat cheese, how to serve, and even how to care for cheese. They can even make a cheese tower for your next special event.
Spring Street Grocer
(157 Spring Street, Melbourne)
They have their very own maturation cellar which is aptly called the Spring Street Cheese Cellar. Their two cellars hold a variety of cheeses from Australia and from abroad. Their selection changes regularly to reflect seasonal availability. They also host cheese workshops and pairing events. They boast the first underground cheese maturation cellar.
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Harper & Blohm Cheese Shop
(80 Primrose St. Corner of Primrose/Albion St. Essendon)
This specialty store can be found in Prince Wine Store, Essendon. They frequently hold cheese and wine masterclasses. They also offer cheese cake towers for special events and occasions.
La Formaggeria: St. Kilda
(2C Acland Street St. Kilda VIC)
This artisan cheese shop in St. Kilda is owned by Italian cheese makers Sabrina and Katia Capodoccio. This is their Micro Cheese Lab where they also make artisan cheese and hold artisan cheese-making classes. Apart from La Formaggeria, the pair also own Il Fornario – a bakery and brunch restaurant where most of their cheese could be bought before they opened La Formaggeria.
Two Tall Chefs: Carlton North
(655 Nicholson Street, Carlton North VIC)
The Two Tall Chefs eating house and cheese shop specialises in cheese from Australia although they also have cheese from abroad. The availability of their selection of cheeses also changes depending on the season. Their menu features two or four cheese platters with accompaniments of poached figlettes, paste and sourdough. They also have a great selection of local wines, beers, and ciders for pairings.
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La Latteria: Carlton
(104 Elgin Street, Carlton, VIC)
La Latteria’s mozzarella laboratory is the place to go for fresh and delicious handmade cheese – their cheeses are made on-site. The cheeses are also all made from pasteurised cow’s milk sourced locally within Victoria. They’ve got the very scrumptious Burrata – white mozzarella cheese combined with cream served in money bag-style pockets. If you’re interested in making your own mozzarella, they even have a La Latteria’s Fresh Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit.
Maker And Monger: Prahran
Maker and Monger is a cheese shop in South Yarra, Melbourne, located at the Prahan Market. They have some of the best local and international cheeses you can find in Australia. It is all stored in a maturation room that is purpose build and if you wander to Stall 45, you’ll find all that deliciousness served from a climate-controlled cheese counter that goes for a whopping 7 metres! They have a kitchen featuring a menu of lovely cheese toasties and other seasonal dishes that they make from produce they source from their neighbors in the market. They are both maker and monger of cheese delightfulness. You absolutely have to check them out.
Bill’s Farm: North Melbourne
On the fruit and vegetable side of the deli hall, Bill’s Farm has been a fixture of Victoria Market for the past two decades. He is a qualified cheese grader as well as a dairy judge, having been a secondary school mathematics teacher for many years. The stall offers a wide variety of cheeses from the world over, as well as smallgoods to add to your dairy shopping experience. Brillat-Savarin triple cream brie is a must-try.
Cheese Cave: Fitzroy
The Cheese Cave in Fitzroy is another great option for cheese lovers. This shop has a great selection of artisan Australian cheeses, including some from Victoria’s own Yarra Valley. They also offer a menu of cheese and wine pairings. Whether you’re looking to buy some cheese to take home or to enjoy on the spot, The Cheese Cave is sure to satisfy you.
Cheese and Wine Traders: St Kilda
Finally, no cheese-lover’s visit to Melbourne is complete without a trip to the Cheese and Wine Traders in St Kilda. This shop has a great selection of cheese from Australia and around the world. They also have a great selection of international wines and charcuterie to pair with your cheese. The knowledgeable staff is always available to help you find the perfect cheese for your tastes.
Cheese Hamper Delivery Options In Melbourne
Delivery is available from a range of cheesemongers in Melbourne with both Australian cheese and international cheese varieties.
For those looking to send a cheese hamper in Melbourne, there are a number of specialty stores offering delivery services. These stores specialize in artisan cheeses, sourced from all over the world, and offer a wide selection of cheese hampers and gift boxes. Many of these stores also offer a custom service, allowing customers to create their own unique cheese hamper with specific cheeses and accompaniments. The hampers can be delivered to any address in Melbourne, with some stores offering same-day delivery. Some of the more popular stores offering delivery in Melbourne include The Cheese Shop, Milk The Cow, and The Cheese Cave.