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Top 10 Best Places to Buy Cheese in Sydney

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by Dottie (subscribe)
Radio presenter, business consultant and amateur foodie thriving on living life, loving moments and just being a cheeky girl at heart.
Published February 22nd 2012
Cheese Wheels (image by A.Anlicker)

Picture this - sitting on the verandah on a lazy Sunday afternoon, a glass of your favourite wine in hand, your best friend by your side, and a platter of glorious cheeses between you. Perfect.

Artisan cheese makers are all the vogue - which means Sydney now has some of the best fromageries to choose from.

Here are my top 10 places to buy cheese in Sydney:

Blackwattle Deli:
Shop 8A, Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, T: 9660-6998

Tucked away at the back of the Sydney Fish Market, this fantastic deli is stocked with an impressive array of smallgoods, spices, oils, pastas and sauces - and cheese. The cheese display at the front of the store showcases beautifully displayed Australian and imported cheeses, it's impossible to walk past without picking up a little something for later.

Simon Johnson:
181 Harris Street, Pyrmont, T: 8244-8240

The cheese room at Simon Johnson is heavenly and is a must-visit for any cheese buff. The knowledgeable cheesemongers in the Simon Johnson cheese room will impress you with the interesting and seasonal cheeses on offer. Let them know what type of cheese you're after and they'll give you some suggestions to suit - and you get to taste them all too.

GPO Cheese and Wine Room:
Lower Ground Floor, 1 Martin Place, Sydney CBD, T: 9229-7701

This is a great place to indulge in a 'Cheese and Wine Flight', three seasonal cheeses matched with three tasting glasses of wine. There are way too many delicious cheeses to pick from, so take the guess work out and let the cheesemongers surprise you with their top picks.

Formaggi Ocello:
Shop 16, 425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, T: 9357-7878

Formaggi Ocello has a great maturation room, filled with huge wheels of grana padano and parmigiano reggiano. The best thing about this place is the free taste testing of any cheese you like - while you sip away at a glass of wine.

David Jones Food Hall:
55-77 Market Street, Sydney CBD, T: 9266-5544

It's hard to walk past the cheese counter in the David Jones Food Hall without stopping for a peak at all the cheeses and accompaniments in the huge display. The cheeses are neatly categorised, so it's easy to hone in on your favourites amongst the vast variety.

The Cheese Shop:
797 Military Road, Mosman, T: 9969-4469

The Cheese Shop has been an institution in Mosman for over 30 years and offers a great selection of local and international cheeses. For a fun swiss-style dinner party, grab their ready-sliced nutty-flavoured raclette, melt the cheese under the grill and then scrape it over boiled potatoes and serve with pickles and bread.

Paesanella Haberfield:
88 Ramsay Street, Haberfield, T: 9799-8483

Paesanella Haberfield specialises in fresh Italian-style cheeses such as ricotta, buffalo mozzarella and bocconcini. Hard Italian cheeses and olives are also available here.

The Gourmet Grocer Balmain:
Shop 3-4, 332 Darling Street, Balmain, T: 9818-3354

The Gourmet Grocer has a great range of seasonal cheeses from local and overseas producers. You can also pick up perfect cheese accompaniments such as quince paste and prune and walnut log, as well as beautiful wooden cheese boards and knives.

The Deli Erskineville:
110 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, T: 9557-2685

This is a little local deli and feels more like you're in a country town than in the big city. The Deli Erskineville has a small but excellent selection of cheeses on offer, as well as accompaniments, including crackers and crispbreads.

McIntosh & Bowman:
Sydney City & surrounding suburbs, T: 0422 728 505

McIntosh & Bowman are more about cheese appreciation and learning more about cheese. They have a monthly club and by joining, you receive three new cheeses each month along with some information about each one. You can also attend one of their cheese appreciation classes, join a foodie tour to southern Tasmania, or attend one of their unique cheese experiences on Fort Denison.
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Why? Artisan cheese makers are all the vogue - which means Sydney now has some of the best formaggeries to choose from.
Where: Sydney & Surrounding Suburbs
Your Comment
guess you've done a good job of picking all the $100 a kilo cheese shops - thanks anyway - you start to lose credibility when you recommend only expensive places - that looks like an ad - easily ignored.

I tend to prefer value for money - Harris Farms often has some nice French or Tasmanian brie on special for more like $20-30 a kilo - and I believe Kraft have won awards for their parmesan - from Coles or Woolies - for like $18-20 a kilo
by ultim (score: 2|428) 3116 days ago
The Berowra Farmers Fine Food, Wine & Handcraft Market have the most amazing cheeses.
by jose (score: 0|2) 2428 days ago
Dulwich Hill got a Deli - The Larder - specialized in cheeses with a lot of French but also Goat cheeses & Cheddars. Special place in Innerwest!
by info (score: 0|2) 2413 days ago
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