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The best cheese shops in Melbourne

Love cheese? Of course you do. Here are our favourite places to get your gouda on

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Even if you're lactose intolerant, it's hard not to love cheese – think about how much better it makes just about every meal (nachos without cheese? No thanks). Check out our favourite places to pick up a wedge or a wheel or two. Then, head to one of Melbourne's best cafés and see of you can't pick yourself up  a cheese toastie or finest pizza joints for some stringy-mozzarella delight en route to your home-cheese enjoyment. 

Best cheese shops in Melbourne

The Cheese Shop Deli

Prahran is our favourite markets for seriously specialist specialists. There’s a guy here called Peter Mow who only sells potatoes, and his family has had the stall for 122 years. The cheese shop is equally focussed. They sell 150 cheeses including the (proper, depending where you sit on the argument) raw milk stuff.

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South Yarra

Farmgate Cheese

If you are the sort of person to choose a cheese plate over chocolate cake then this is the online store for you. They will deliver all manner of cheeses, dried fruits, crackers, wines, jams and jellies right to your door, and for your special day you can get a cheese tower in place of a wedding cake starting from around the four hundred dollar mark, including delivery.

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Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio are having something of a love affair with fromage, employing the sisterly cheese-making duo Sabrina and Katia Capodoccio to make their cheeses in house from sweet fresh ricotta to washed rind taleggio. Now open for dinner, if you are quite keen on cheese dreams then we recommend you head here and order the Notebook, a flight of 12 cheeses for $35.

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St Kilda

La Latteria

Got milk? These guys do – any way you want it. We’re all about the handmade cheese here. There’s fresh mozzarella, salted ricotta and stringy smoked scamorza for adding an extra dimension to your pizze, plus tender baby boconccini, and snowman shaped, butter-filled mild provolina. They’re all handmade on premises daily and sold out of the oh-so-country pristine white and cornflower blue store.

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La Parisienne Pâtés

Lygon Street may have developed a bit of a daggy reputation as a cheap red sauce strip, but the delis have never missed a beat. This joint is a dairy and foie gras haven where lights bounce off every glittering surface and all the bounty of French cheesemaking is sat your fingertips.

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Milk the Cow: St Kilda

A licensed fromagerie. It’s the adult equivalent of a 'Fireworks, Puppy Dogs and Candy!' store and it really exists. You’ll find this rather excellent late night wine bar and specialist cheese shop on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda. They have 80 cheeses available and as the weather cools we will be heading here for their raclette and fondue nights.

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St Kilda

Richmond Hill Café and Larder

Give them a day's notice and they will rustle you up the king of picnic baskets to take on a sunny adventure around Richmond. Or if you are more the DIY type then roll up your sleeves and delve into the cheese room to frolic amongst the fromage. Really into your cheese? Join the cheese club and receive special offers, cheese orders delivered to your door and discount at the café and larder.

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Simon Johnson: Toorak

This well-known providore may be harsh on the hip pocket but they stock products you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. They have a mammoth range of beverages, biscuits, pastry, chocolate, vinegars, tea, grains, oils, preserves, olives and jams, not to mention a seriously impressive cheese room.

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Two Tall Chefs

This cheese shop and café is keeping things local by stocking a vast array of Australian specialty cheeses, with a particular focus on hand-made products from north eastern and regional Victoria. They also stock Milawa Bakery bread on Wednesdays (pre-order if you want to guarantee your toast for the next morning) and on Thursdays you can get your hands on Schulz Organic (unhomogenised) Bath Milk.

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Carlton North

Amp up your brunch game at these cafés

Where to get brunch in the CBD

Whether your up for a wander around and a food forage at the market, fancy and artery-hardening fry up or something more civilised to break your fast (caviar and soft boiled eggs anyone?), we've got you covered. 

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By: Time Out editors