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The finest fondue finds on the map—take note, everyone.

If you feel like something has been missing from your life, that's because it has. That void will be filled imminently, by the world's first fondue competition. We can all breathe a little easier now.

Taking place in Switzerland (because where else?), on November 21, the picturesque municipality of Tartegnin will be transformed into a cheese-lover's paradise with an epic display of culinary skill from the cheesemonger-sphere. But for those who can't make it to the Swiss Alps this week, we've selected a wide range of the dreamiest fondue places in the world.

Milk the Cow, in Australia, is one of our selections. There, they take a purist route: "We like to keep our fondues all about the cheese at Milk the Cow," head cheesemonger Laura Lown tells us, "so we focus on artisan cheeses and serve them only with peasant-style bread and nothing else. This shows off the beautiful flavours of the cheese and booze we use." Cheese and booze? Say no more. So when you're snowed in this winter, cozy on up to a pot of warm nourishing fondue and feel all your troubles melt away.

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Milk the Cow, Melbourne, Australia

"We love to experiment with different combinations. Mountain-style traditional cheeses like Goudas and Emmentalers are always big favorites," Lown says. "Our most decadent fondue offering is our famous Grundlegend, which we garnish with truffle pecorino and truffle honey and serve with a shot of VSOP Remy Martin Cognac on the side." For those who don't like to share, try Milk the Cow's individual fondue pots and keep all the gooey, delicious artisanal cheese to yourself. Our pick? Figugegl—an abbreviation of Fondue isch guet und git e gueti luune, meaning "Fondue is good and creates a good mood"—featuring Hervé Mons Cantal, Barber's cheddar, and Emmentaler, cooked with beer. They also have cheese-and-booze flights, and their cocktails come garnished with a wedge of the stuff. So yes, we are in a great mood now, thank you very much.

Milk the Cow, 157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

Restaurant le Chalet de Gruyères, Gruyères, Switzerland

And now to where it all began: Switzerland, the land of chocolate and cheese. For a taste of both, take a table at Chalet de Gruyères, where the name will tell you what cheese in particular is the star of the menu, and fans of Gruyère cheese and Vacherin Fribourgeois can taste them in the very region where they were created.

Restaurant le Chalet de Gruyères, Rue du Bourg 40, 1663 Gruyères, Switzerland

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Restaurant La Fondue, Savoie, France

Treat your eyes, as well as your taste buds, at the legendary Hotel Le Val Thorens in the French Alps. This alpine chalet was one of the first hotels to be built on the Savoie resort of Val Thorens, and today the design hotel features an eclectic mix of the original wood-and-beamed ceilings and contemporary furniture and art. La Fondue, one of the hotel's two restaurants, uses only the freshest local produce so that your fondue and tartiflette (an indulgent variety of potato gratin) are as authentically Savoie as can be.

Restaurant La Fondue, Place de L'église, 73440 Val Thorens, France

Gittis Esszimmer, Vorarlberg, Austria

Located within the cozy Schmelzhof Hotel high up in the mountaintops of Lech, Gittis Esszimmer provides homestyle cooking that's the next best thing to adopting your very own Austrian grandmother. Feast upon traditional fondue or, for those feeling a little more adventurous, their fondue chinois (think Chinese hot pot with beef fillet and rosemary potatoes). Afterwards you can soak in one of ski resort's luxurious brine steam baths until you emerge from your food coma and can re-engage with society.

Gittis Esszimmer, Omesberg 370, 6764 Lech, Austria

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Androuet, London, England

Established in Paris in 1909, Androuet cheese shop is the place to go to indulge in some first-class fromage, purchase your favorite selection of French and British wedges, then head home to continue the feast behind closed doors. To make the most of your meal, hit up the all-knowing mongers for their recommended pairings from their range of wines and beers, and you've got yourself a well-stocked date with Netflix.

Androuet, 10a Lamb St, London E1 6EA, U.K.

The Bourgeois Pig, New York City, U.S.

For those who are looking for a little bite of Swiss cuisine in New York City, hit up The Bourgeois Pig for a fresh take on fondue. Try the Rarebit Fondue with cheddar, dark beer, and grains of paradise, or the Queso Maximilian, with supple Chihuahua cheese, cotiga, and chorizo. Afterward, treat yourself to the s'mores fondue, with marshmallows, pretzels, and crumbled graham crackers smothered in dark chocolate.

The Bourgeois Pig, 127 MacDougal St., New York, NY, U.S 10012

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Yojié, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Switch things up—especially if you're lactose intolerant or more health-conscious—with Japanese fondue. Shabu shabu is the tasty Japanese technique of dipping vegetables and meat into a pot of boiling water. The L.A.-based Yojié has an extensive selection of dipping options, from Gold Grade American Kobe to sashimi-grade Atlantic salmon. But once you get your fill of the nutrient-dense options, you can reward yourself with their green-tea white-chocolate dessert fondue.

Yojié, 501 W. Olympic Blvd. #102, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. 90015

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