Cheese-lovers guide to Melbourne

There aren’t many things superior to the rich, creamy goodness of cheese. When you’re looking for a tempting cheese dish to treat yourself, these will make you cheddar tear.

High Cheese at the Westin

Trade scones and jam for cognac and camembert at this very cheesy high tea affair, returning to the Westin after a sell-out season last year. Refine your cheese-eating abilities with gooey baked Normandy Camembert before ending on a sweet note with fresh honeycomb and smoked macadamia crumble.

A skillet with a melted wheel of cheese in it

High Cheese at the Westin

Milk The Cow

Cheese and wine flights are just the start of the blue-tiful journey at Milk The Cow. Cheese boards are also matched with cider, sparkling, beer, sake and whiskey. Once you’ve made your way through those oozing individual fondue pots, your tastebuds will be left demanding more. Check out their upcoming events like the Irish cocktail and cheese pairing night, gin and cheese night, an evening dedicated to French music and fromage and more.

Gazi

When Nigella Lawson points you in the direction of food, you follow her advice. After a visit to Melbourne, she named Gazi’s feta chips as one of her favourite meals that year. These bad boys are fat, chunky chips tossed through garlic oil and topped with feta and seasoned to perfection. ‘These chips were absolutely worth flying the 10,496.05 miles for’, she wrote in The Guardian.

 hot chips in a bowl with feta cheese on top

The feta chips at Gazi

The General Assembly

With a Six Degrees Architects fit-out and street art by Blender Studios, The General Assembly brings contemporary smarts to boozy, cheesy indulgence. Start with a board of blue, camembert and manchego cheeses. Then throw all diets out the window with their box baked camembert, honey drizzle and all.

A baked camembert in white paper, someone cutting a slice of it and spreading on a cracker

Box baked camembert at The General Assembly

QVM The French Shop

In case you’re throwing a weekend cheese party (hint hint to anyone reading), stop by The French Shop. Located in Queen Victoria Market’s Deli Hall, the store is home to imported and local cheese. Pick up terrines, sausages and pâtés while you’re there.

Toasta & Co

Originally a food truck dedicated to toasties (yes, they are geniuses), Toasta & Co’s permanent venue means you’ll have toastie supplies year-round. You’ll want the croquet monsieur, a toastie of gouda, cheddar, mustard, béchamel and shaved ham. It’s topped with more béchamel, melted gruyere and spring-onion.

A melted cheese toasted sandwich being pulled apart

Toasta

White Mojo

White Mojo make waves on social media with their Instagram-friendly menu. Head in for the double-cheese chilli scrambled egg, once awarded the ‘must eat dish’ prize from The Weekly Review. It’s a rich combination of parmesan, cheddar, smoked belly bacon, chilli mayo, fried chilli and toasted sweet-corn on ink brioche.

Fancy Hank’s

Free-range meats cooked low and slow might be what you know Fancy Hank’s for, but their sides are nothing to sneeze at. Particularly the decadent mac and cheese. Featuring melted provolone, thyme-infused crispy crumbs and melt in your mouth macaroni – even your vego friends will be coming back for more.

A man's hand scooping a forkful of mac n cheese from a black dish

Provolone mac and cheese from Fancy Hanks

DOC Pizza & Mozzarella

It’s cheese mania at DOC Pizza & Mozzarella. Alongside mozzarella topped pizza and goats cheese tiramisu, there’s a huge selection of post-meal cheese. Buffalo mozzarella, burrata and gorgonzola are the highlights. Find them in Lygon Street and Southbank too.

Spring Street Grocer

Home to Australia’s first underground cheese maturation cellar, Spring Street Grocer is a leading cheesemonger. Farmhouse and artisan cheeses sourced locally and aboard rotate according to seasonality. Their intimate basement space can be booked for cheese-themed cocktail and dinner parties.

A side on view of a table piled with different types of cheese

Spring Street Grocer

1806

A reigning cocktail bar in Melbourne, a night out at 1806 isn’t complete without some cheeky cheese. Pair their excellent cocktails with baked garlic and rosemary camembert or try a cheese board. Mozzarella and scarmorza toasties are also an ideal Sunday night treat.

Rainbow Toastie

Colour your lunch happy with cult Korean snacks at Rainbow Toastie. The ultimate in Instagrammable munchables, they use a secret blend of tasty and mozzarella cheeses to make this stretchy technicolour treat on Sutherland Street.

A toasted sandwich being pulled apart, with rainbow coloured cheese stretched out between pieces of bread

Rainbow Toastie

More cheese? Please!

A white plate loaded with pink crepes, featuring blueberries and fairy floss on top

Lemon ricotta stuffed crepes at Amble Cafe