If there’s one thing you can always rely upon in Melbourne, it’s the cheese. Melbourians are great at a lot of things, but topping this list is usually their insane skills in whipping up extravagant cheese platters at the click of their fingers. That might sound a bit cheesy, but the best things in life are.
To help you out next time you’re called to create your cheese masterpieces, we’ve searched high and low for Melbourne's best cheese stores.
Milk The Cow
Carlton & St Kilda
Kicking off the list with one of our favourites, Milk The Cow is located in Carlton, and St Kilda and is well-known among many locals. If you call yourself a cheese fan but haven’t checked out this place yet, we don’t know what you’ve been doing. The atmosphere and vibe of the whole restaurant is edgy, cool and is where all your cheese fantasies can come true.
A recommendation of ours would be the Langres, a washed-rind cow’s milk cheese with a soft, creamy centre. The best way to have these cheeses is mixed with wine, and they have some great deals and pairings created by experts.
You haven’t properly been to Chadstone if you haven’t stepped foot into Simon Johnson. Not only serving up a delicious cheese room, but they also offer bowls, spreads, bread and other delectables to help accompany your cheese.
A favourite of ours belongs to their Roquefort AOC, one of the most unique kinds in the blue cheese family, which is made from raw sheep’s milk. This one is a definite cheese to tick off your list.
Miss Gourmet & Co
All your cheese dreams will come true here. A grocer that has a reputation for quality and prestige, you’ll be in trusted hands here. Not only does Miss Gourmet & Co have everything you’ll ever need to create an awesome cheese platter. They also sell hampers and run classes and tastings.
Our recommendation would be to check out any of their goat cheeses, specifically the Le Delice De Bourgogne and the Holy Goat La Lune.
Harper & Blohm
Harper & Blohm, owned by internationally experienced Olivia Sutton, is serving up the best cheese from around the world, all on the front steps of Essendon. It’d be wrong to only suggest one cheese from here, so we’ll suggest three. Break away from the usual blue cheese and try their firm blue cheese, Prom Country Venus Blue.
If you’re looking for something more creamy, look no further than their Stone & Crow Night Walker sold only selectively through Melbourne. Finally, it would be wrong to visit Harper & Blohm without trying their Shaw River Annie Baxter Reserve pecorino, you won’t regret this one.
Maker & Monger
You’re no cheese expert unless you’ve checked out Maker & Monger. Located at the Prahran market, you’ll be able to find their store filled with all things cheese.
All your cheese cravings are guaranteed to be met here. A certain cheese to keep your eyes on the lookout for at their La Tur, a soft texture of cheese made from sheep, cow and goat’s milk that will melt in your mouth. This delicate but delicious cheese is a must for your next cheese purchase.
Tucked next to Carlton Espresso, DOC Deli is your one-stop-shop for all things cheese. As one of the best cheese shops in the north.
Our recommendation for this one is their Black Truffled Pecorino—the perfect mix between the nutty taste of the pecorino with the subtle truffle shavings.
You can even pick yourself up some pasta or pizza while you’re there—the best of both worlds.
The Cheese Shop Deli
The Prahran Market, aka every Melbourians favourite place on earth, is home to The Cheese Shop Deli, and you won’t ever be able to simply walk past this shop. With one of the largest cheese varieties in Melbourne, you’ll be able to enjoy unique and delicious cheeses from Australian and France.
Don’t miss this Midnight Moon, a sweet cheese with nutty caramel tones from Cypress Grove Creamery in California. Pick up some figs and cured meats, and you’ll soon be having a party in your mouth. If you’re into something a little spicy and a whole lot of unique, be sure to try their Queso de Cabra, a pasteurised Spanish goats cheese.
Spring Street Grocer
Selling only the finest selection of cheeses in Australia, Spring Street Grocer is a crowd favourite among Melbourians, so there’s no better shop to wrap up this article with.
They also hold cheese workshops and pairing events if you want to make a night of cheese, which we don’t know who wouldn’t.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these cheeses, but the final cheese we recommend you to try would be the Fourme d’Ambert, imported from France. Think cow’s milk, soft and creamy, with a blue-mould aftertaste that will leave you dreaming about it for days. It might not be for everyone, but you also need to test your cheese limits.
The Brunswick Whey
Located on Sydney Road, The Brunswick Whey--formerly known as Caseus--is all about the Australian and French farmhouse cheeses, and so are we.
You’re guaranteed to find something unique and sophisticated here, so you can change up your purchase each time with a different array of cheese. If you love a hard, flaky cheese, we recommend trying the Bulga. Fresh, strong and salty, you can’t go past this one. If you’re into truffle, check our their Caprino Cremosa with Truffle, it’ll satisfy all your truffle needs.
You can find this delicious little store at the Queen Victoria Markets, and trust us when we say you won’t be able to stay away from this bad boy. Bill’s Farm is selling all things cheese, you’ll find piles and piles of cheese stacked within their cabinet to choose from, and they’ve got experts there to help you out if you’re unfamiliar with some.
Our cheese recommendation for this shop would be their Milawa Brie. This milky cheese will melt in your mouth and although it’s quite rich, the buttery interior and relish make it way too easy to demolish. This brie has to be one of our favourites.
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Image credit: Maker & Monger