Your quick guide to some of the best cheese shops in Melbourne.
Whether you’re the connoisseur type or just the casual cheese lover, you’re in luck. Melbourne has some of the best places to satisfy your desire for some deliciously good cheese.
Milk the Cow
(157 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda VIC)
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.
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.
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.
(2C Acland Street St. Kilda VIC)
This artisan cheese shop in St. Kilda is owned by 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
(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.
(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.