If you’re passionate about your pecorino or you simply want a change in your cheddar, then it’s time to explore these top seven cheese shops in Sydney. Just a warning though – these guys have some of the largest ranges on local and imported cheeses in the country, so don’t be overwhelmed. I have always found cheese mongers extremely helpful and always happy to help you select the perfect cheese.
Whether you are planning a special event or looking to dine out on a decadent cheese experience, these artisanal stores won’t disappoint.
Welcome to a shop where the cheese displays stretch as far as the eyes can see, welcome to Formaggio Ocello. The front part of this shop serves as a café with a direct viewing window into the cheese room. With over 200 types of cheese French, Italian, and Australian cheeses to choose from you’ll never run out of samples to try. Enjoy one of the favourite cheese and wine boards that can be customized to your tastes or give one as a gift for the upcoming holidays.
Also crowned as Sydney’s “Temple of Cheese,” The GPO Cheese and Wine room is a cheese lover’s paradise. It’s sultry lighting and selection of over 100 seasonal cheeses, and 250 international and Australian boutique wines will make you never want to leave. They specialize in pairing cheese and wine for every palette. Savour a creamy French Brillat-Savarin with Veuve Clicquot or a pungent Italian truffle pecorino with the Sangiovese. If you can’t decide between the curated cheese and wine flights, then turn to the expert staff for some suggestions.
Their cheese may be stinky—in the best way of course—but there’s no bad smell at the Stinking Bishop. Named after a British washed-rind cheese that’s well known for its robust odor, this cheese bar delivers an interactive and intimate experience. Local favorites include the Tasmania’s creamy, semi-hard Heidi Farm Tilsit and the Holy Goat Brigid’s Well goat’s cheese from Victoria. Their stock comprises foreign products like the Italian white-mould rounds created from the milk of three cows or the Scottish raw-milk cheddar from the Isle of Mull. If you’re looking for a bite to eat while you’re there, the shop also doubles as a restaurant with many cheese-centered recipes.
With multiple locations in Queensland—Surfer’s Paradise and Fuel—and New South Wales—Alexandria, Bondi Junction, and Broadway—Salt Meets Cheese has Australia covered in cheesy goodness. Alexandria is the original location that used to teach pasta, pizza and cheese making by day, and an affordable pizzeria at night. Pizza lovers rejoice over the capricciosa, Margherita, truffle mushroom and spicy diavola at Alexandria and Broadway, while cheese connoisseurs can’t get enough of the cheese and charcuterie platters from Bondi Junction.
Paesanella has been churning out a cornucopia of cheese since its creation in 1962. Ever since, the company has maintained its traditional family roots, providing an open eating experience. Everything on the menu is available to buy. Even the ricotta stuffed pastries from Haberfield are made with their personal cheese. This deli is well known for its creamy buffalo mozzarella milk cheese, which is an all-time favourite. You can select your beloved cheese off the menu and make your own Panini or take a lump, quarter wheel, or wheel home with you.
Scoop up a cheese platter, hamper, or celebration cake at The Artisan Cheese Room. Quality and craftsmanship are essential to this establishment’s success, which is why they source the best cheeses locally and from around the world. Each ever-changing cheese is carefully selected to pair with the appropriate season, but you can always have a taste from one of the 60 rotating flavours to see which you’d like to take home. Their Stilton is a Christmas-time favourite, made from Neal’s Yard Dairy and holds a full, rich flavour to enjoy during the holidays.
When you step into Fourth Village Providore, the first thing you’ll notice is its atmosphere—it’s not a regular deli. Its shelves are lined from the floor to the ceiling with different local and imported goods, and even fresh produce. The walk-in and temperature controlled fromagerie room is impressively stacked with wheels and wedges of cheeses from all over the world. A cheesemonger is always ready to provide suggestions, but we hear the Holy Goat La Luna Ring or raw-milk Roquefort are big hits.