Hard or soft, smelly or bitey, rich or mild—nothing brings out Christmas cheer like a chockfull of cheese.
Turkey and roasties are obviously staples at this time of year, but they only really relate to one day within six weeks of festive celebrations.
You’ve probably learned the hard way that it’s essential to keep your fridge and pantry stocked at this time of year with ready-to-entertain products like crackers, nuts, and of course cheese. With that in mind, we thought we’d kindly provide you with a list of the best cheese shops in Brisbane to ensure you are ready to put together a stonking cheese platter at a moment’s notice.
And leftovers are perfect for the ubiquitous ‘deli dinner’ that has long become a favourite in our household.
The Cheese Pleaser
Delectable delicatessen and fromagerie, The Cheese Pleaser offers up coffee, breakfast, lunch, and a pantry of pleasures including a delectable cheese cabinet full of creamy goodness from near and far. Let’s not forget the extravagant cheese platters and gift hampers that make The Cheese Pleaser everyone’s first call before any big do.
Fromage The Cow
Fromage The Cow is Queensland's first licensed fromagerie, and we're totally here for it. Featuring a restaurant devoted to cheese (including a walk-in cabinet of some fine-looking cheeses), plus a wine list seemingly crafted by the gods, matched to the cheeses on offer. There's also a take away window for your caffeine needs with some epic cheese filled toasties for your lunch on the go.
The Stores in West End is a providore's playground of everything your greedy heart could possibly wish for—but we keep coming back for their impeccable array of cheese. Housed inside a temperature-controlled walk-in cabinet, The Stores cheese closet is a dairy nirvana of Aussie and international cheeses. Think floor-to-ceiling cheese wheels, folks...
Emile & Solange
Brisbane’s cheese game leveled up when Emile & Solange opened up shop in Albion. French ex-pat Sarah Thuillet's gourmet fromagerie is home to some incredibly rare cheeses, so come ready to drop some cash on some of the finest fromage in the land.
New Farm Deli
New Farm Deli & Cafe has graced Merthyr Village since 1977, serving continental delicacies, great coffe and some if the most authentic Italian dishes in town. But, it's their enormous cheese counter we can't get enough of! Dive head first into Italy, franc, Spain, the UK and Australia's finest fromages then pick up your fave cheese platter condiments to go with them.
Milton & Spring Hill
The team at Tognini’s take their cheese very seriously, and owner Mark has the enviable job of sourcing unique regional cheeses from Northern Italy, France and Australia. Check out the walk-in cheese room in the Spring Hill store or sign up to their cheese club and receive specials and updates on limited release cheese boxes.
Standard Market Company
Oh, the joys you'll behold within the walls of Standard Market Co. Providores of all things tasty—think pastries, fruits and veg', deli goods, condiments for miles, and an epic cheese selection—Standard Market is one of the best cheese shops in Brisbane.
Based in Coorparoo, Olympus has been hand-making haloumi, ricotta and fetta cheese using time-honoured Cypriot methods since the 70s. Check out their range including baked ricotta, lemon-pepper baked ricotta and fetta with cracked black pepper available at the factory door or from delis and IGAs across the state.
Kingaroy Cheese And Kenilworth Cheese Factory
If you’re willing to take a road trip, or have plans to spend the silly season north of the city then it’s worth taking a detour past these local cheese manufacturers. Check out Kingaroy Cheese’s award-winning white moulded cheeses such as their Stuart River Triple Cream Brie or Kenilworth’s red mailing vintage.
Online Cheese Clubs
If you prefer to do your purchasing from the comfort of your home, check out these online shops that deliver some of Australia’s finest cheese straight to your door:
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