Where to Get Your Cheese Fix in Melbourne

Cheese! It’s a beautiful thing, especially to those with a more discerning palate. Here’s the lowdown on five of the cheesiest feasts Melbourne has to offer.

Image credit: Milk the Cow
Image credit: Milk the Cow

Milk the Cow

St Kilda

If there’s not much else that makes you as happy as cheese, Milk the Cow is sure to be your culinary wonderland. It’s a bright, breezy bar with over 150 different top-class cheeses, and delightful drinks to match every single one. The fondue here is the stuff of hot, melty dreams, particularly the ‘Grundlegend’. That’s Il Forteto Cacio di Bosca Tartufo Stagionato, Swiss Appenzeller & Gruyere L Etivaz cooked with Remy Martin VSOP, Madame Coco Blanc de Blancs Brut & truffle honey. Need we say more?

“Wine and cheese? What’s there not to love about this perfect combination. Milk the Cow is a licensed fromagerie, wonderful concept bringing together the very best of cheese and wine with expert staff serving it to you with enthusiasm and information. There’s plenty to choose from here but I always love to have the sparkling flight and the wine flight – delicious!” – svchu1

Image credit: Two Tall Chefs
Image credit: Two Tall Chefs

Two Tall Chefs

Carlton North

Two Tall Chefs is a compulsory stop for anyone with hankering for artisan cheeses, and with décor featuring an art deco cityscape and giant bats, it’s a pretty cool spot to get your cheese tasting on. The baked camembert is absolutely delicious, with a warm garlicky crust and crisp crostini. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the award-winning onsite cheese shop!

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Boilermaker House


All rich woods, glinting bottles and golden lights, this self-styled ‘meat and cheese bar’ is wonderfully rustic space to relax and indulge in some fine flavours. Feel free to take a breath after that sentence. Alongside the supreme cheeseage, Boilermaker specialises in whiskey, beer and handpicked platters, and the ‘New World vs Old World’ cheese board makes for a very bold tasting experience indeed. Enjoy!

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Image credit: Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder
Image credit: Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder

Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder


Much more than just a cafe, Richmond Hill is a delectable haven of fresh produce and fantastic service, all wrapped up inside an elegant old Victorian building. No right-minded cheese fiend can resist the croque madame, with creamy parmesan béchamel, gruyere, smoked ham, sourdough, and organic fried eggs. Make sure you pay a visit to the famous cheese room, too, where you can try before you buy. Yes please!

“Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder is sensational – a real foodie heaven. The atmosphere is relaxed but the food is wonderful. It’s worth a visit just for the cheese room. The cakes are exquisite. Highly recommended.” – Trackers

Image credit: Hellenic Republic
Image credit: Hellenic Republic

Hellenic Republic


Hellenic Republic is here to serve up the finest in Greek cheesy goodness, with yummy traditional delicacies and a splash of contemporary flair. This is fine casual dining at its very best, and the haloumi won’t be beaten anywhere in Melbourne. It’s grilled to utter melty perfection, and topped with quince, pistachio and mint. Lovely!

“Fast paced Greek restaurant. Clean, good service, attentive- the glasses of water were never empty, all empty plates promptly taken away. Small serving sizes but surprisingly very filling. Pork belly was tender, juicy and delicious.” – werxj


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